King Felipe VI’s 50th birthday will mark a special occasion for his oldest daughter! On January 30, Princess Leonor of Spain will receive the Order of the Golden Fleece in an official ceremony – solidifying her honor. The 12-year-old Princess of Asturias, who is the heir to the Spanish throne, was presented with the highest distinction of the Spanish Crown when she turned ten-years-old on October 31, 2015. The upcoming ceremony will be the first time the young Princess will participate in an official act of maximum relevance.
VIEW GALLERY Princess Leonor will receive a special honor on her father's 50th birthday Photo: Getty Images
The Golden Fleece is one of the Cavalry Orders' most prestigious and oldest honors in Europe. It is also the highest distinction that can be granted by the King of Spain. Since 1985, the Golden Fleece has been granted to women and prominent personalities who have rendered relevant services to the crown. The official necklace is made with enameled gold and lysed in the center. The slogan “ Ante ferit quam glamma micet” which translates to “Wound before the flame is seen” is inscribed on the pendant.
VIEW GALLERY Princess Leonor is the heir to the Spanish throne Photo: Getty Images
King Felipe VI ‘s father, King Juan Carlos, presented him with the award on May 15, 1981, where he became one of the youngest knights of the Golden Fleece in modern history. The following fall, he delivered his first speech during the Prince of Asturias Awards. "Following the tradition of the Spanish Monarchy and to give testimony of my affection to my beloved son Felipe, Prince of Asturias and Heir of the Crown, after hearing the Council of Ministers,” Juan Carlos said during the presentation. “I come to name him Knight of the Insigne Order of the Golden Fleece.”