Heir to the Spanish throne Princess Leonor wore a face mask and had her temperature checked when her father, King Felipe, dropped her off at school the first day after the summer.
The royal, 52, accompanied his teenage daughter, 14, on the school career for the start of the new year at the Santa Maria de los Rosales school in Madrid.
Both seemed relaxed when they arrived, before Princess Leonor, who is heir to the throne, got out of the vehicle and the temperature was checked by an employee.
It comes days after Spain became the first country in Western Europe to register 500,000 coronavirus infections, with a second rise in cases coinciding with the reopening of schools.
Spanish Princess Leonor, 14, wore a face mask when she arrived at school in Madrid for her first day back amid the Covid-19 crisis
The youngster swept her hair into a neat braid and wore a face mask for her return to school, before having the temperature checked at the school gate
It is believed that Princess Leonor is entering the fourth year of secondary education, while her younger sister Princess Sofia is beginning her second year at school.
The younger, who was in the back of the car with older sister Princess Leonor and King Felipe, severely hurt her leg during the summer period.
King Felipe typically looked dapper in a suit and tie for the outing, while Princess Leonor swept her hair into a neat braid for the return to school.
It has been a challenging summer for the Spanish Royal Family, after runaway former King Juan Carlos caused shock waves across the country in August by announcing that he was leaving his homeland.
King Felipe, 52, accompanied his daughter, who is heir to the throne, on the run from school, while the duo wore masks in the car for the journey
As Princess Leonor joined her dad in the front seat, her sister Princess Sofia, 13, could be seen waving from the back seat
The father-daughter duo seemed relaxed when they arrived for the first day of the term amid the coronavirus pandemic
Princess Leonor is now considered by some to be a savior of the monarchy The times write: ‘The focus must be on the future if the Bourbon monarchy is to survive.
“It’s a responsibility that rests on Leonor’s shoulders, and the reigning king, Felipe VI, knows that, introducing her to the country as he tries to modernize the monarchy.”
The publication went on to say that the young princesses are “the future for a modernized monarchy.”
“Leonor is very young, but modern, educated and a woman – which is important as the feminist movement in Spain grows,” said a palace source. “She’s a great asset.”
Princess Leonor, heir to the throne of Spain, wore a medical grade face mask when she was taken to school by her father
The teenager waved at cameras as she was driven through the school gate to return
The youngster swept her blonde hair into a neat braid for the occasion and waved at waiting cameras on her way to school in Madrid.
After the temperature was checked, the youngster was beckoned by a teacher who told her where to go
Leonor made her debut as a public speaker at the awards ceremony in Barcelona last November, where she provided commentary in Spanish, Catalan, English and Arabic.
Meanwhile, on World Book Day in April, she and Sofía read from Don Quixote and addressed the nation in a video amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Her return to school comes as Spain struggles to contain a recent spike in infections amid the reopening of schools across the country.
Recent infections were more common in younger people who often don’t develop symptoms due to their stronger immune systems, and the death rate remains well below the March-April peak, when the daily death rate was routinely over 800.
Other students quickly joined Princess Leonor when she was sent to school for the first day of class after the summer break
The princess arrived in her father’s car and the family were all wearing masks
Princess Leonor was seen while the temperature was being checked by a smiling employee
When she arrived with her father, Leonor looked with bright eyes
Despite the unwanted milestone, unlike then, hospitals have enough beds to treat Covid-19 patients.
After an initial wave in the spring that devastated Spain’s elderly population and overwhelmed the hospital system, authorities brought the outbreak under control using one of the world’s toughest lockdowns.
But when the movement restrictions were lifted and mass testing began in late June, infections rose from a few hundred a day to a new peak of over 10,000 about 10 days ago, surpassing other hard-hit countries such as France, Britain and Italy. .
The overall death rate since the pandemic first hit is about 6% in Spain, lower than Italy, Great Britain and France.
Princess Leonor will no doubt be thrilled to return to an appearance of normalcy
She wore her school bag and a neat uniform for her first day after the summer