Spain’s Princess Leonor, who recently celebrated her 18th birthday, has become a sensation among the younger generation of European royals. A viral moment at Spain’s national day celebration showcased Leonor breaking protocol and receiving a compliment from one of her classmates at the military academy where she had just graduated. This moment revealed her natural and human side, which had rarely been seen due to her strict adherence to royal protocol.
Since her 18th birthday, the Spanish public has been captivated by “Leonormania.” Her innocent face, blue eyes, and permanent smile have won over the hearts of the Spanish people, revitalizing the image of the royal house, which had previously been tarnished by the actions of her controversial grandfather, former King Juan Carlos. Private barometers, such as a recent survey in the El Español newspaper, rank Leonor as the most popular member of the royal family, surpassing even her father, King Felipe VI.
Experts suggest that Leonor’s success is a result of her years spent out of the limelight, which has created curiosity and a desire to know who she truly is. They attribute her popularity to her authenticity, discretion, prudence, and meticulous preparation for events. The majority of Spaniards believe that she is well-prepared for her future role as head of state.
While some speculate that the rise of “Leonormania” was orchestrated by the Zarzuela Palace’s communication team, experts argue that her appeal is genuine and does not require a strategic campaign. Leonor’s natural and joyful demeanor, along with her impeccable manners, contribute to her widespread appeal.
Despite a lack of knowledge about Leonor’s private life, her importance on the national stage has skyrocketed. The media’s increased reach through social networks has led to a 37% surge in Google searches related to Leonor. However, the princess still faces the challenge of winning over political parties and groups who are hostile towards the royal family at a national level.
As Princess Leonor continues to capture the hearts of the Spanish people, her rise to become the next queen is seen as a testament to her charm and preparation for her future role.
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