Spain’s royal family has released its official Christmas card for 2015 with its two youngest members gracing the front cover.
Princess Leonor, ten, is photographed hugging her younger sister, Sofia, eight, in the Christmas card, which was released on Monday.
Inside the card, the two little princesses have signed their names and official titles; Leonor, Princess of Asturias and Infanta Sofia of Spain.
Photo: Casa Real
There is also a special message from the Spanish royals: “Every day we have reason for hope and harmony in our hearts. We hope that the ideals of Christmas always light our way.”
In focusing on its younger, cuter, members, Spain’s royal family is perhaps hoping to avert attention from those who are older and more troublesome.
King Felipe’s sister, Cristina, has been a constant headache for the royal family since becoming embroiled in a tax evasion case along with her husband.
Having already been stripped of her title of the Duchess of Palma, she will become the first royal born member of the family to stand trial in January 2016 when she takes to the dock on two counts of accessory to fraud.
While much of the Spanish press has been swooning over the two little princesses, the inevitable memes and jokes have begun to appear on social media.
Madre mía Leonor y Sofía. pic.twitter.com/Ix8XIh1qo7
— Daniel Badallo (@DaniBada1991) December 7, 2015
Leonor y Sofía pic.twitter.com/0J7Vzc8jZJ
— SuperbainK (@Baink69) December 7, 2015
Many Twitter users have pointed out the similarity between the royal sisters and the much creepier Grady sisters from The Shining.
Las Infantas Leonor y Sofía comparten sastre con Patty Y Selma. pic.twitter.com/NXUwe2tYpF
— Israel Box (@quierolatenight) December 7, 2015
They have also been likened – because of their sartorial choices – to Patty and Selma, Marge’s sisters in The Simpsons.
“Nuestros papis no ganan para pagarnos una ortodoncia. Por favor, ayúdanos.” Fdo. Leonor y Sofía pic.twitter.com/Xozk2mrF2T
— Toni Deleito (@tdeleito) December 7, 2015
“Our parents don’t earn enough to pay for our orthodontist. Please help us.”
— Ciudadano Perret ® (@reneperret) December 7, 2015
“Leonor and Sofia with Spain a Merry Christmas and thank you for supporting the Royal Palace with your taxes!”