After the return to Spain of Princess Eleanor after finishing her classes at the UWC Atlantic College boarding school (United Kingdom) for the Christmas break, the Royal Family has decided to launch its annual Christmas greetings. In 2020, a year marked by the coronavirus pandemic, they decided to take the photograph released during a visit to Asturias, specifically in the town of Somao, which was awarded as the exemplary town of Asturias 2020. On that occasion, Kings Felipe and Letizia on that occasion they left all the leading role to their daughters. This year, however, they have once again resorted to the traditional image of the four members of the family who, smiling and looking at the camera, have welcomed the festivities. The image is accompanied by a card in which the signatures of the Kings, the princess and the infanta appear, which they have included “with affection” and their “best wishes”.
The last three years, the Kings accompanied their congratulations with family images taken in Asturias. If in the past the infanta and the princess posed alone in Somao, in previous years the family was seen together in Asiegu (another exemplary town) in 2019 and on their visit to the Lagos de Covadonga in 2018. In 2017, they chose a family image that had been taken in the Royal Palace after the October 12 celebration. However, this time they have resorted to a recent image and to this for the occasion that, apparently, would have been taken after the return of the princess of the Welsh valley of Glamorgan.
The postcard chosen for the occasion shows the Kings posing in their own garden, dressed casually. Don Felipe and Doña Letizia, both wearing an American jacket, are standing behind Leonor and Sofía, who appear dressed in two sweaters and seated on a couple of chairs. The greeting reads “Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year”, written in both English and Spanish, along with a handwritten message.
This image is available on the website of the Royal House. Congratulations are also sent from the Zarzuela to the people, groups or entities that have had contact with the Royal Family during the year.
Since the proclamation of King Felipe in 2014, La Zarzuela has issued two congratulations every year: on the one hand, that of the Kings and their daughters, and, on the other, that of the emeritus kings Juan Carlos and Sofía. In this second case, from 2014 to 2017, the postcard reproduced a Christmas-themed painting from the funds of the royal collections, but in 2018 a photo of Juan Carlos and Sofía taken on the King’s mother’s 80th birthday was chosen, and in 2019, one of the couple taken in Sanxenxo (A Coruña) in summer. This year they have opted for a photograph of the Neapolitan nativity scene that is exhibited in the Royal Palace of Madrid.