This May 6, 2023, one of the largest royal gatherings in Europe will take place, with the coronation of Charles III. King Felipe and Queen Letizia have confirmed that they will attend, but their daughter, Princess Leonor, heir to the Spanish throne, will not be present.
Those who will be there will be Amalia of Holland and her grandmother Beatriz, as well as Princess Elisabeth of Belgium who, as heir to the throne, has also wanted to accompany her parents in this historic event that will bring together more than 2,000 guests from around the world.
Why won’t Princess Leonor be at the coronation?
Traditionally, the Heads of State did not attend the coronations but sent another member as a representative. Charles III wanted to break this rule and invited all the European royalty and other Heads of State.
This innovation is one of the reasons why Leonor would not be present because in the hypothetical case that the coronation would follow the traditional rules, the representative of the Spanish Royal House should be Princess Leonor and meet there with the rest of the heirs of Europe.
Although, the academic commitments of the princess at the UWC Atlantic College in Wales could be another reason. It should be remembered that Leonor is in the final exams phase of her studies and it will be on May 20 when her International Baccalaureate classes end.
The coronation of Charles III and Camilla Parker-Bowles would have been the perfect event to see the princess rub shoulders with other royal heirs for the first time in front of the media.