If you're in the mood for some glossy royal photos with a cuppa this Saturday, then Spain's ruling house has ticked all the boxes for you. Felipe VI has let the cameras behind palace doors as part of the celebrations for his 50th birthday this month. Hola has even gone to the presses with a special edition as photos of the king getting ready to say hello to his half century come out. The pics are just about everywhere in the Spanish media this weekend. And they're already causing quite the stir.
Felipe VI cumple 50 años: imágenes inéditas como jefe de Estado y padre de familia https://t.co/KFgLWDxOFT pic.twitter.com/ZsC7nuCJT8— Revista ¡HOLA! (@hola) January 26, 2018
Not that there's anything controversial here. The photos, released across Spanish papers, TV and online channels as the weekend starts, are billed as a look at Felipe as a Head of State and a family man and there are more than enough images to tell both stories. We see him taking his children to school, sitting down to eat with his family and heading out on official engagements. It's the amount and relaxed nature of them that's got lots of people talking. An early birthday present to all royal watchers from the birthday king himself.
La Monarquía de Felipe VI desde el punto de vista del Rey https://t.co/GANKaX4r3O pic.twitter.com/mhSBrMdRIf— Revista ¡HOLA! (@hola) January 26, 2018
Let's start with the good parts. There are LOADS OF PHOTOS and Felipe looks really rather marvellous in most of them. It's a great chance to see behind the scenes of royal life. Felipe looks relaxed and it's clear that his two daughters, but especially the elder, Leonor, are real daddy's girls. It's the kind of thing royal watchers are always asking for, more behind the scenes, and the kind of spread that can go some way to building up the image that a dynasty wants to portray.
It's also put Spain's royals on the front of just about every major paper in the country as the weekend gets under way, ensuring the best possible spotlight on them. Add to that the series of videos that have also been released and if anyone wants to spend any time with the King of Spain in the days ahead of his big 5-0 (Tuesday January 30th in case you wondered) then they are spoiled for choice.
¿Tus padres te preguntaban por la tarea? A doña Leonor y doña Sofía también. Nos colamos en el día a día de la familiar real con motivo del 50 cumpleaños del Rey Felipe VI. https://t.co/D0iFndWflZ— ELLE España (@elle_es) January 26, 2018