Leonoor and Sofia of Spain at their father's proclamation as king in June 2014
The girls have made scarce public appearances until this year but in June 2014 all that changed when their father became king. Since then they have been seen at their grandfather's abdication, Felipe's proclamation as monarch and several times during their trip to Mallorca. But their appearance at the military parade that marks the day is another first and signals the change in their royal role that will come as they get older.
Leonor and Sofia on one of several appearances they made in Mallorca this summer
Leonor, now Princess of Asturias, and her sister make up one third of Spain's Royal Family now but with their grandparents, Juan Carlos I and Sofia, taking a lower key role most of the attention now falls on the girls and their parents. Which made it almost inevitable that they would be involved in some way in the big events surrounding October 12th. But confirmation that they will be there only underlines the fact that in just a year these two young girls have seen a major change in their worlds as they moved from the littlest infantas to a queen in waiting and her heiress.