It really is royal holiday season when you spot a Spanish royals in the fading Mallorcan sun. Put a monarch on the steps of the Marivent Palace there and you have a fanfare like no other to say that the summer break is well and truly upon us. So grab your sunnies and a big hat, Felipe has been prowling his palatial holiday home for a photocall which can only mean one thing. Summer starts right here.
The royal photocall at Marivent has been a staple for decades now. The Spanish Royal Family always decamped there en masse to take a summer break. Ten years ago, royals were spilling down its steps as the cameras snapped. Now, it's a much more select affair.
Since Felipe VI came to the throne in June 2014, this public part of a private holiday has been kept to the monarch, his wife Letizia and their two daughters.
That all ties in with the new approach to royal life taken by the Bourbons following the abdication of King Juan Carlos in favour of his son. This is a slimmed down royal family containing just Felipe, Letizia, their girls and his parents.