The youngest Bourbon heir to the throne is ready to take center stage.

A masked young girl has become a familiar image in Spain during a time of national crisis. She has followed her parents around as they try to boost morale while the country battles to pick itself up from the pandemic. The girl behind that mask is Leonor, the 14-year-old heir to the Spanish throne, whose fresh face and unbesmirched character stand in contrast to that of her 82-year-old grandfather, Juan Carlos.

In the week that the former king left the country amid mounting allegations of corruption — yesterday he was reported to be in Abu Dhabi — republican sentiment is on the rise. The name and even a statue of the former king has been voted to be removed by a town in Madrid in response to his flight.

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