Exhausted by all the holiday cards you’re receiving that feature smiling faces in matching Christmas sweaters? It appears the Spanish royal family feels the same.
King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain, along with their daughters, Princess Leonor of Spain and Princess Sofía of Spain, just released their holiday card and it’s so unexpected.
Instead of festive outfits of red and green or formalwear, the royal family of four selected a photo of themselves wearing matching neutral trench coats for their annual holiday card. Standing on a balcony, the family can be seen smiling and looking out at what’s presumably a crowd of well-wishers. King Felipe, 51, sports a black trench over a green marbled sport coat, a blue shirt and a navy tie. Princess Leonor, the 14-year-old heir presumptive to the throne, pairs her beige trench with a pink sweater and plaid slacks, while her 12-year-old sister stands alongside her in shades of beige and camel. Last but not least, the 47-year-old queen stands to the far right in a buttoned-up navy jacket and black pants.
There’s nothing about the card that screams “holidays,” other than the fact that everyone looks good, but we have to applaud the royal family for their originality.
In addition to the family portrait, the card also includes a message on the back. It reads, “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2020” (in Spanish) and is signed by all of the royals using their written names, Felipe R., Letizia R., Leonor, Princess de Asturias, and Sofía, Infanta de España. Confused as to why the king and queen use the last initial “R?” Well, in Latin “regina” means queen and “rex” means king. It’s a shorthand that Queen Elizabeth uses, too, signing her name Elizabeth R.
All we can say is bravo, Spanish royal family. We’re digging your holiday style.