Queen Letizia and King Felipe VI of Spain congratulate sailor Joan Cardona on Olympic bronze medal

Queen Letizia and King Felipe VI of Spain met with Mallorcan sailor Joan Cardona in Palma yesterday to congratulate him on his Olympic bronze medal.

The royal couple were joined by their daughters Princess Leonor, 15, and Infanta Sofía, 14, as they chatted to the athlete and commended his achievement during the 39th Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) regatta at Real Club Nautico de Palma.

Cardona is the Spain SailGP Team’s youngest member and took third place in the Finn class at the Tokyo Games. He was beaten by Team GB’s Giles Scott, who took gold, and Zsombor Berecz of Hungary who won the silver medal.

Letizia, 48, appeared to opt for a nautical theme with her outfit, donning a chic belted blue and white-striped maxi-dress with a tiered skirt.

Queen Letizia and King Felipe VI of Spain met with Mallorcan sailor Joan Cardona in Palma yesterday to congratulate him on his Olympic bronze medal (pictured, along with daughters Princess Leonor (left) and Princess Sofia (right)

Queen Letizia and King Felipe VI of Spain met with Mallorcan sailor Joan Cardona in Palma yesterday to congratulate him on his Olympic bronze medal (pictured, along with daughters Princess Leonor (left) and Princess Sofia (right)

Letizia, 48, appeared to opt for a nautical theme with her outfit, donning a chic belted blue and white-striped maxi-dress with a tiered skirt

Letizia, 48, appeared to opt for a nautical theme with her outfit, donning a chic belted blue and white-striped maxi-dress with a tiered skirt

Letizia, 48, appeared to opt for a nautical theme with her outfit, donning a chic belted blue and white-striped maxi-dress with a tiered skirt

Here come the girls! Queen Letizia of Spain pictured with her glamorous teenage daughters Princess Leonor (right) and Princess Sofia (left)

Here come the girls! Queen Letizia of Spain pictured with her glamorous teenage daughters Princess Leonor (right) and Princess Sofia (left)

The elegant former journalist completed her look with a pair of cream espadrille sandals and a white clutch bag, and kept her brunette locks off her face with a pair of sunglasses perched on her head.

She kept her make-up relatively natural, with a lick of mascara to bring out her eyes, and accessorised with a pair of gold hoop earrings.

King Felipe, 53, kept it casual with a pale grey polo shirt and a pair of beige shorts, with slip-on open toe shoes.

Crown Princess Leonor looked pretty in a chic floral ruffled mini dress and espadrille wedges, while her sister Sophia sported a crisp mint green playsuit with tan sandals.

Spain's Queen Letizia and her daughters Princess Leonor (left) and Princess Sofia leave the Nautical Club of Palma after a visit during the 39th Copa del Rey (King's cup) regatta in Palma de Mallorca

Spain’s Queen Letizia and her daughters Princess Leonor (left) and Princess Sofia leave the Nautical Club of Palma after a visit during the 39th Copa del Rey (King’s cup) regatta in Palma de Mallorca

Queen Letizia (pictured with her daughters and husband) kept her brunette locks off her face with a pair of sunglasses perched on her head

Queen Letizia (pictured with her daughters and husband) kept her brunette locks off her face with a pair of sunglasses perched on her head

Cardona is the Spain SailGP Team's youngest member and took third place in the Finn class at the Tokyo Games (pictured greeting the royals)

Cardona is the Spain SailGP Team’s youngest member and took third place in the Finn class at the Tokyo Games (pictured greeting the royals)

Crown Princess Leonor (pictured centre) looked pretty in a chic floral ruffled mini dress and espadrille wedges

Crown Princess Leonor (pictured centre) looked pretty in a chic floral ruffled mini dress and espadrille wedges

Letizia and her daughters took the opportunity to get a closer look at Cardona's medal, leaning in to feel its weight and admire the design

Letizia and her daughters took the opportunity to get a closer look at Cardona’s medal, leaning in to feel its weight and admire the design

In another sweet shot, tactile King Felipe was seen giving his smiling wife and daughters a hug

In another sweet shot, tactile King Felipe was seen giving his smiling wife and daughters a hug

The family all opted to wear protective face coverings for the meet and greet, and posed with Cardona for a photo on the marina. 

Letizia and her daughters took the opportunity to get a closer look at Cardona’s medal, leaning in to feel its weight and admire the design.

With handshakes still off the cards due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, the royals greeted the sailor with a fist bump.

In another sweet shot, tactile King Felipe was seen giving his smiling wife and daughters a hug.

The family all opted to wear protective face coverings for the meet and greet, and posed with Cardona for a photo on the marina

The family all opted to wear protective face coverings for the meet and greet, and posed with Cardona for a photo on the marina

King Felipe, 53, kept it casual with a pale grey polo shirt and a pair of beige shorts, with slip-on open toe shoes

King Felipe, 53, kept it casual with a pale grey polo shirt and a pair of beige shorts, with slip-on open toe shoes

The family have been enjoying spending their summer holidays in the Balearic Islands (pictured: Letizia with her daughters)

The family have been enjoying spending their summer holidays in the Balearic Islands (pictured: Letizia with her daughters)

The elegant former journalist completed her look with a pair of cream espadrille sandals and a white clutch bag

The elegant former journalist completed her look with a pair of cream espadrille sandals and a white clutch bag

Queen Letizia of Spain, Princess Leonor of Spain (left) and Princess Sofia of Spain (right) pictured during the visit to the Real Club Nautico de Palma

Queen Letizia of Spain, Princess Leonor of Spain (left) and Princess Sofia of Spain (right) pictured during the visit to the Real Club Nautico de Palma

Queen Letizia kept her make-up relatively natural, with a lick of mascara to bring out her eyes, and accessorised with a pair of gold hoop earrings

Queen Letizia kept her make-up relatively natural, with a lick of mascara to bring out her eyes, and accessorised with a pair of gold hoop earrings

Queen Letizia kept her make-up relatively natural, with a lick of mascara to bring out her eyes, and accessorised with a pair of gold hoop earrings

King Felipe VI of Spain (second right), Queen Letizia of Spain (left), Crown Princess Leonor of Spain (right) and Princess Sofia of Spain (second left) pictured meeting Spanish Olympic bronze medal Joan Cardona (centre)

King Felipe VI of Spain (second right), Queen Letizia of Spain (left), Crown Princess Leonor of Spain (right) and Princess Sofia of Spain (second left) pictured meeting Spanish Olympic bronze medal Joan Cardona (centre)

Queen Letizia appeared to blow a kiss as she and her two daughters and King Felipe VI departed the club

Queen Letizia appeared to blow a kiss as she and her two daughters and King Felipe VI departed the club

Queen Letizia, Princess Leonor and Princess Sofia applauded enthusiastically during the meet and greet

Queen Letizia, Princess Leonor and Princess Sofia applauded enthusiastically during the meet and greet 

Princess Sophia (pictured left beside her mother and sister) sported a crisp mint green playsuit with tan sandals

Princess Sophia (pictured left beside her mother and sister) sported a crisp mint green playsuit with tan sandals

Princess Sophia (pictured left beside her mother and sister) sported a crisp mint green playsuit with tan sandals

The family have been enjoying spending their summer holidays in the Balearic Islands; earlier this week they had a day out in Escorca.

They visited the Interpretation Center of ‘Sierra De Tramuntana’ and the Lluc Sanctuary.

Escorca is located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Serra de Tramuntana, which has the highest mountains on the island of Mallorca, and the royals enjoyed views of the whole island from the mountain top. 

Letizia met Felipe VI at a dinner party in 2002, and the pair enjoyed an instant connection, leading to their royal wedding in May 2004.

Queen Letizia of Spain (second right)  looked effortlessly chic as she joined her family out an outing in Mallorca earlier this week. She was joined by her husband King Felipe VI (second left) and daughters Princess Leonor, 15, (left) and Infanta Sofía, 14 (right)

Queen Letizia of Spain (second right)  looked effortlessly chic as she joined her family out an outing in Mallorca earlier this week. She was joined by her husband King Felipe VI (second left) and daughters Princess Leonor, 15, (left) and Infanta Sofía, 14 (right)

Keeping it cool in a light blue shade, Letizia, 48, sported a V-neck wrap dress with an A-line skirt and cinched waist. She is pictured visit the Interpretation Center of the Natural Landscape of the Sierra de Tramontana and the Lluc Sanctuary

Keeping it cool in a light blue shade, Letizia, 48, sported a V-neck wrap dress with an A-line skirt and cinched waist. She is pictured visit the Interpretation Center of the Natural Landscape of the Sierra de Tramontana and the Lluc Sanctuary

Future monarch Leonor (second right) a student United World College of the Atlantic in Wales,, matched her mother in a powder blue dress with short capped sleeves and cinched in waist. She sported the same shoes as her sister Sofia (left) - a grey and fawn sandal with a small wedge and white lace up detail

Future monarch Leonor (second right) a student United World College of the Atlantic in Wales,, matched her mother in a powder blue dress with short capped sleeves and cinched in waist. She sported the same shoes as her sister Sofia (left) – a grey and fawn sandal with a small wedge and white lace up detail

The former newsreader is the granddaughter of a taxi driver and the eldest daughter of Jesús José Ortiz Álvarez, a journalist, and first wife María de la Paloma Rocasolano Rodríguez, a nurse and hospital union representative.

She attended public high school and did a degree at the Complutense University of Madrid. She later gained an MA in Audiovisual Journalism at the Institute for Studies in Audiovisual Journalism.

King Juan Carlos abdicated in 2014 in favour of his son, now King Felipe VI.

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