Princess Leonor arrived near the Congress of Deputies after eleven at four in the morning accompanied by her parents, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, and her sister, Infanta Sofía. The Royal Family was received at the door of the Lions of the Lower House – decorated with a baldachin – by the president of the Congress of Deputies, Francina Armengol and the president of the Senate, Pedro Rollán.
The King and Queen, the Princess of Asturias and the Infanta Doña Sofía were received by the acting President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, and the Chief of the Defense Staff (JEMAD), Teodoro Esteban López Calderón. From the podium, His Majesty the King received military honors and then reviewed the Honors Battalion.
Upon entering the Congress, in the Queen’s Lobby, the Royal Family individually greeted the members of the Congress and Senate Boards, as well as the presidents of the Constitutional Court, Cándido Conde Pumpido, and the Council General of the Judiciary, the member Vicente Guilarte. A few minutes later, they entered the Chamber where the remaining members of the Government, former president, regional president, deputy and senator were waiting for them.
The session of the Congress began with the national anthem, as well as the subsequent reading of the senior lawyer to read the announcement, at the suggestion of the President of the Government, that Princess Leonor reached the age of majority today 31 October ” as shown in the civil registry of the Royal Family.”
As her father, King Don Felipe, did 37 years ago, Leonor stood in front of the copy of the Constitution, the same one that Don Felipe swore to, and with the room standing, she placed her hand on the Magna Carta to express. his oath. , where he signed the continuation of the Parliamentary Monarchy: “I swear to faithfully fulfill my duties, to guard and ensure that the Constitution and the laws are kept and to respect the rights of citizens and the autonomous community and loyalty. to the king.”
An oath, the president of the Congress, Francia Armengol chose to pronounce the same words with which the former president of the Congress, Peces Barbas closed the oath of the Prince of Asturias: “The Cortes Generales has just received the oath that the you took in obedience to the Constitution as heir to the Crown”, and added: “Long live the Constitution, long live Spain and long live the King.” Their lordships responded with ¡Viva! to three places. The applause for Princess Leonor lasted for several minutes throughout the House, which did not stop clapping.
Afterwards, the Leonor Family went to the Hall of the Lost Steps and then entered the Hall of Ministers, where Princess Leonor received the medals of the two institutions from the highest authorities of the Congress and the Senate, the highest decoration of the two. given by the decision of the two Tables. Afterwards, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, Princess Leonor and her sister, Infanta Sofía, inaugurated the Book of Honor of the Congress of Deputies with their signature.
In the Hall of Lost Steps, the Royal Family greeted all those invited to the event: vice presidents and acting ministers, deans of the Diplomatic Corps, presidents of autonomous communities, former presidents of Government, heads of the opposition, parliamentary spokespersons, speakers of the Constitution, former presidents of the two Chambers, the mayor of Madrid, the president of the Council of State, president of the Court of Accounts, Attorney General of the State, Ombudsman, Secretary of State for Relations with the Cortes, leaders of the General Staff, delegates of the Government of Madrid, deputies and senators and other guests.