The 42-year-old royal traveled to El Salvador as part of her first solo royal tour as queen

By Maria Mercedes Lara
May 28, 2015 01:35 PM
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She’s a mom of two little princesses, and her experience shows.

Queen Letizia showed off her baby-hoisting technique when she arrived at Isla de Mendez in El Salvador on Wednesday. The 42-year-old monarch, who was on her first solo royal trip since becoming queen last June, picked up a small child out of the gathered crowd of well-wishers.

Earlier in the day, Letizia was equally cuddly with children, picking up a young girl and giving her a big smile when she visited the town of Suchitoto.

The fashionista looked more like a politician than a royal as she embraced the crowds and various children while dressed in a sharp gray suit with her sleeves rolled up. While Letizia is no stranger to going on walkabouts while on tours, most royals do not get so personal with the crowd.

Queen Letizia (left) chatting with a little girl
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The main purpose of Letizia’s trip is to visit Spanish-funded aid projects in the Central American country. She will also visit charities and projects dedicated to cultural heritage and helping disadvantaged children and the disabled.

On Thursday, Letizia made a visit to the Women’s House, a facility funded by Spain that strives to improve women’s rights and reduce gender inequality in El Salvador.

Queen Letizia (center)
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Earlier in the week, Letizia spent two days in nearby Honduras, where she visited various charity projects that are being funded by Spain.

Letizia has a close connection to the Americas as she previously lived in Guadalajara, Mexico, while working at Siglo 21, a Mexican newspaper.

After her week in Central America, Letizia will return home to her daughters – 9-year-old Lenor, Princess of Asturias, and 8-year-old Infanta Soféa – as well as her husband, King Felipe VI.

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