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A Royal Easter in Mallorca

Royal family attend mass

The Spanish royal family have very strong links with the island of Mallorca. For many years they've summered in the Marivent Palace in Cala Major on the outskirts of Palma, entertaining the likes of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Michelle Obama, and many more. They also use the Almudaina Palace by the cathedral as an office and venue for official receptions and on Sunday, during their traditional Easter visit, were out in force at the cathedral itself.

King Felipe, Queen Letizia, their two little princesses Leonor and Sofia, and his parents ex-King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia all attended the Sunday of Resurrection Mass presided over by the Bishop of Mallorca accompanied by the cathedral chapter and acolytes.

As you can see by the photos released by the Royal Family's official webpage, large crowds had turned out to participate in the ceremony and get a chance to glimpse and shake hands with the royals. As you know, Queen Letizia has had the same fashion icon status as H.R. La Kate and H.R.La Megan bestowed upon her by the press and is tremendously popular with ordinary people here in Spain.

However on this occasion it was 12 year old Leonor who stole the show with some American commentators saying she had 'the cutest little dress' they'd ever seen. Other sections of the press thought that an 'uncomfortable' moment between the Queen and her mother-in-law over photographs with the kids was more reportable. No idea why, isn't that what mother-in-laws do?

Anyway, if you missed the family themselves, you can visit their Marivent Palace gardens throughout the year except when they are in residence at Easter and summer.