Queen Letizia and King Felipe of Spain visit King Juan Carlos

Princess Leonor and Sofia join parents Queen Letizia and King Felipe of Spain to visit their grandfather King Juan Carlos as he recovers from heart surgery in Madrid

  • Princess Leonor, 13, and Sofia, 12, joined parents to visit grandfather in hospital 
  • Queen Letizia of Spain, 46, and King Felipe, 51, accompanied their children 
  • Royal family arrived following king emeritus Juan Carlos I’s heart operation 

Princess Leonor and Sofia of Spain joined their parents Queen Letizia and King Felipe as they visited their grandfather in hospital in Madrid today. 

The young princesses Leonor, 13, and Sofia, 12, smiled for the cameras before heading into Quirónsalud Madrid University Hospital to offer their well-wishes to Juan-Carlos I, 81, who is recovering from heart surgery.  

Queen Letizia, 46, who was also accompanied by husband King Felipe, 51, donned a white button down shirt and checkered trousers – and completed her outfit with a pair of casual  white trainers.     

Palace officials said that the operation was arranged following a check-up in June and indicated that it was not an urgent procedure. 

Queen Letizia, 46, and King Felipe, 51, were joined by daughters Princess Sofia, 11, (left) and Princess Leonor, 13, (right) for the hospital visit today

The Spanish royals appeared relaxed as they attended the Quiron Hospital to visit King Juan Carlos I (pictured, Queen Letizia and daughter Princess Sofia) 

Leonor, who will one day be the Queen of Spain, and her younger sister, are largely protected from the limelight by their parents and make just a handful of appearances throughout the year. 

They are usually photographed ahead of the family’s annual summer break, and occasions such as Easter Sunday. 

Leonor donned a pretty black dress with floaty sleeves and white detailing for the occasion. 

The teenager paired her smart midi-dress with a pair of cool white Converse trainers. 

Princess Leonor (pictured) donned a smart black floaty midi dress for the occasion, with pretty white hem detailing 

The 13-year-old smiled at photographer as she joined her father on the visit, sweeping her dark blonde hair back off her face 

The princess paired the smart black dress with a cool pair of trendy white Converse trainers. Pictured with King Felipe VI of Spain

Meanwhile, younger sister Princess Sofia opted for a midi-length floaty white gown and appeared to carry a small white book into the building.

Both girls swept their dark blonde hair from their face in near identical styles, pinning it back in half-up dos. 

While Letizia kept her locks well-coiffed and sported a minimal make-up look, husband Felipe donned a smart navy blazer with a pair of light-coloured jeans. 

Lucia Alonso, the managing director of Madrid’s Quironsalud University Hospital, said on Sunday that the 81-year-old king emeritus is awake and breathing without support.

Leonor was all smiles as she joined her father (pictured together) to visit her grandfather King Juan Carlos I in hospital  

The family made their way into the hospital in Madrid earlier today to visit King Juan Carlos I following his heart surgery

He added Juan Carlos is sitting up in bed and ‘is in good spirits.’

The triple bypass procedure Saturday was scheduled after the former king had a checkup two months ago. The hospital said the operation was successful and without complications. 

Juan Carlos abdicated in 2014 in favour of Felipe, ending a near 39-year reign. He retired from public duties last May. 

Arriving at the clinic late on Friday the King told reporters: ‘You’ll see me on the way out’.  

King Felipe appeared relaxed as he arrived at the hospital to visit his father alongside his eldest daughter Princess Leonor 

The family seemed relaxed as they headed into hospital earlier this afternoon. Pictured, Queen Letizia of Spain, Princess Sofia of Spain, King Felipe VI of Spain and Princess Leonor

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