Friday, October 30, 2015

Golden Fleece for the Princess of Asturias

Earlier today,  the Spanish Cabinet approved two royal decrees by King Felipe VI granting the order of the Golden Fleece to Infanta Leonor, the Princess of Asturias, and her official standard.

The two decrees will be made official following the publication tomorrow in the Boletin Ofcial del Estado (Offical Bulletin of State).  The Princess of Asturias will celebrate her tenth birthday tomorrow.

The Princess of Asturias is the heiress to the Spanish throne.  She has a younger sister, Infanta Sofia.   The Order is Spain's highest honor, and the presentation to the Princess is a natural step in her position as heir.

The Order of the Golden Fleece, an order of chivalry, was founded in 1430 in Bruges, by Duke Philip II of Burgundy, when he married Infanta Isabel of Portugal.

Today, there are two branches -- Spain and Austria -- of the order, and the current heads are King of Spain and Archduke Karl of Austria.

It will be a private birthday celebration for the Princess of Asturias.

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