The Spanish royal family are on their annual summer holiday in Mallorca, however this year, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia will spend their vacation attending various institutional events to support the social and economic recovery of the Balearic Islands following the COVID-19 lockdown.
For their first outing in Mallorca, Their Majesties, accompanied by Leonor, Princess of Asturias, and Infanta Sofia headed to Petra to visit the birthplace, museum and convent - emblematic of the life and work of Saint Junípero Serra Ferrer. He was an 18th-century Franciscan friar, founder of missions in America, beatified in 1988 by Pope John Paul the Second and canonized in 2015 by Pope Francis.
The royals toured the Family House (birthplace) located on Barracar Alt Street in the municipality of Petra in Mallorca. It is a characteristic example of the traditional dwelling of the peasantry of the Mallorcan interior in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Their Majesties and Their Royal Highnesses visited Museo de Fray Junípero Serra, created by the Pare Serra Friends Association in 1959, in a building adjacent to the Family House. The museum brings together paintings, prints, medals, sculptures, reliefs, engravings, photographs and models related to the places of the Saint's work.
Concluding their trip, they received a guided tour of Santuari de la Mare de Déu de Bonay, considered the last place where Saint Junípero Serra Ferrer preached before going to America. The sanctuary contains a relic of the body and the coffin, including a temporary exhibition of 30 paintings by Juan Ros Marí that show the Saint's life in Mallorca and America.
It was sweet to see big sister Leonor helping Sofia who needed a crutch during a walk through the streets of Petra. The young princess injured her right knee and it's reported she required stitches.
For those interested, Leonor wore a Mango Tropical Print Dress, and Sophia wore a white Zara Belted Playsuit With Pockets.