The Royal Family’s annual summer vacations are underway, including with King Juan Carlos, who has been scarce in recent years.

King Felipe, Queen Letizia and Queen Sofia hosted a reception for leaders and activists at Almudaina Palace in Palma de Mallorca this weekend.


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King Felipe and Queen Letizia sometimes take private vacation trips, but have also continued the tradition of setting up at Marivent Palace in Palma, a favorite of Queen Sofia. They use Almudaina nearby for public gatherings.


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The King also kept with tradition by making an appearance at the King’s Cup regatta.

King Juan Carlos used to attend the event but has long soured on vacationing in the Balearic Islands.


Despite Don Juan Carlos not being as keen on Mallorca, he dined with Queen Sofia and other family members there earlier this month, according to gossip outlets.

Pictures show Infanta Elena, King Felipe’s sister, and numerous of Queen Sofia’s grandchildren, some of who have been taking sailing lessons.

Infanta Cristina, who has embroiled in a corruption investigation tied to her husband’s business dealings, has long been absent from such events, but sends her kids.

The magazine Hola! also published pictures of Queen Sofia and King Juan Carlos boating together. The two are said to live separate lives.

Members of the Royal Family and other relatives celebrated Infanta Pilar’s 80th birthday late last month in her son’s Mallorca home. She’s King Juan Carlos’ sister.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia cheered the Spanish Olympic team as athletes departed for Brazil over the weekend.


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The King and Queen spoke with the athletes and took numerous selfies. We may also see a member of the Royal or King’s family in Rio de Janeiro.

King Juan Carlos traveled to Peru last week to attend the inauguration of its new President Pablo Kuczynski.


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Spain considers relations with former colonies paramount and a senior member of the Royal Family travels there often.


King Juan Carlos with a gaggle of Latin American leaders. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

King Felipe used to attend swearings-in during his time and prince. Now he often sends his father to represent him.

King Felipe has been meeting with Spanish political party leaders as they negotiate among themselves to form a government after a second round of parliamentary elections.


King Felipe with Congress President Ana Pastor at Zarzuela Palace. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

The process has generated some controversy after the leader of Ciudadanos suggested asking His Majesty to help convince the socialists to give up their opposition to a conservative led government.


The King with Ciudadanos head Albert Rivera. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

The conservative Popular Party won the elections but not with the majority necessary to form a government without coalition partners.

Even though the King is deeply involved in hekping form a government, he must remain neutral in accordance with the Spanish Constitution and custom.

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The King with Acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

King Felipe asked conservative Acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, as the winner, to form a government. But its unclear whether he will be able to do so.

Felipe Juan Froilán de Todos los Santos de Marichalar y Borbón turned 18 over the weekend, the first of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia’s grandchildren to do so.

Froilán, as he is often called, is the son of Infanta Elena and King Felipe’s oldest nephew, and fourth in line to the Spanish throne.

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Froilán, far right, attending events connected with King Felipe’s proclamation in 2014. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

The Royal Family and King’s Family have been getting him ready for a more public role, but have also grumbled about his friends and life goals.

Froilán is said to be attending a military academy in Virginia. His father, aristocrat Jaime de Marichalar, got divorced from Infanta Elena in 2009.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia visited the French ambassador to Spain last week following the terrorist attack in Nice to express their solidarity.


Their Majesties with Ambassador Yves Saint-Geours. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

Before visiting the ambassador, King Felipe sent French President Francois Hollande his condolences.

“We feel very close to the French people and we reaffirm out unity and commitment to continue fighting with determination against those who, in an inhuman way, threaten our values,” he wrote.

U.S. President Obama traveled to Spain over the weekend. Spanish leaders and members of the Royal Family had been waiting for years for an official visit.


King Felipe took the rare step of welcoming Obama after touchdown.

However, the president had to cut his trip short because of the recent shootings in Dallas. A planned stop in Seville and a meal at the Madrid Royal Palace were cancelled.


Leaders from both countries gather at the Hall of Columns at the Madrid Royal Palace.

King Felipe gave the president a copy of Don Quixote signed by himself and Queen Letizia.



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