The heir to the Spanish throne has appeared for the first time on an official coin but royalists are furious over the image of the 12-year-old
Princess of Asturias’ which they say looks nothing like her, and that she seems to be 20-years older.
The heir presumptive is the eldest daughter of King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia.
The princess is about to embark on her first official royal visit to Asturias in September, and the Royal Mint of Spain has issued a commemorative coin where Leonor is pictured next to her father.
Interestingly, the 50-year-old king is pictured without his trademark beard.
Although not legal tender, the collector’s item will cost royal fans 30 EUR (27 GBP), however many people have complained that Leonor’s image does not look anything like her.
According to reports, the Princess of Asturias’ forehead, nose and chin are sharper on the coin than her rounder features and the design makes her look much older than she is.
The princess will turn 13 years old on 31st October. However, netizen ‘Carlossola82’ said: “Leonor seems to be 37 year old on this coin!”
One news report said: “We do not know who was used as the model to create the profile picture, but it was clearly not Leonor.”
The Royal Mint created the coin to coincide with the 1,300th anniversary of the creation of the Kingdom of Asturias, which will mark Princess Leonor’s first official visit.
If Leonor ascends the throne, she will be the country’s first queen regnant since Isabella II, who reigned from 1833 to 1868.