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Childhood changes for Spain's eight-year-old queen-to-be

Published on Jun 19, 2014 5:59 PM

MADRID (AFP) - Like many eight-year-old girls, she eats in the school canteen and goes to ballet class. Her friends know her as Leonor - but now they will have to call her "Highness".

Her childhood will not be the same now that her father Felipe has been crowned king of Spain.

She is no longer "Infanta", like her younger sister Sofia, but Princess of Asturias - and is due one day to be Queen. She is the youngest direct royal heir in Europe.

The cameras are drawn to her blue eyes, blonde hair and toothy smile. Royal-watchers say those may be just the charms the Spanish royal family needs to save its image.

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