Queen Letizia wins locals over with warm charisma

SPAIN’S Queen Letizia was on the last leg of her Central American tour in Isla de Mendez on Wednesday. Her four-day trip, which was largely based around charity work, in particular projects funded by Spain, was filled with visits to aid projects and charities, including those looking into gender and cultural issues.

On her first solo trip since becoming Queen in 2015, the 42-year-old, who is no stranger to going on walkabouts when on visits, randomly scooped a young child from the crowd for a cuddle. It is with this single endearing act that she was able to win the locals over with her down-to-earth approach.

Last year, whilst in Madrid, she made a point of stopping to hug a disabled well-wisher in the rain. This act of kindness won her legions of fans and drummed up a host of positive headlines from local media. Her warm nature is now one of the things she has become most known for, as well as her fashion-forward taste.

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