Infanta Elena, King Felipe’s sister, reappeared during a public event last week, just weeks after a Palma de Mallorca court cleared her of corruption charges.

The scandal was related to her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin’s, business dealings. The court convicted him.

Doña Cristina visited the Royal Palace for the first time in years for the funeral of Infanta Alicia of Bourbon-Parma and Habsburg-Lorraine.


Queen Sofia, King Juan Carlos, Queen Letizia and King Felipe at the Madrid Royal Palace chapel. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

Spanish media outlets posted video of the event, with King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia greeting Infanta Cristina on their way in.

Packed agenda

Also this month, King Felipe presided over a meeting of the Scientific Council of the Royal Institute of International and Strategic Affairs.


The King arriving at the meeting at the Royal Palace of La Granja near Segovia.

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia were in Oslo on the 10th for King Harald and Queen Sonja’s birthday. Queen Sofia’s family once eyed Harald as a potential suitor.



On the 11th, Queen Letizia spoke at en event in Seville to mark the Red Cross and Red Crescent.


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On the 8th, King Juan Carlos gave his sister, Infanta Margarita, a medal for her with with the Royal Academy of Medicine.

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Also on the 8th, King Felipe and Queen Letizia welcomed the president of Costa Rica and his wife.


King Felipe is set to travel to Jordan later this month for an economic and political meeting on the Middle East and North Africa.

Members of the Spanish Royal Family have had a busy public agenda in the weeks since the Easter break.

Late last month King Felipe was in Strasbourg, speaking to the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly to mark the 40th anniversary of Spain joining the group.


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Earlier, he gave an award to actor and filmmaker Antonio Bandera as the University of Alcalá de Henares, where author Miguel de Cervantes was born.


The King and Queen Letizia recently handed out the global Cervantes prize there related to the Spanish language.

The Queen last month also visited Valencia for a meeting on rare diseases, one of her focus areas, and a gathering with students.


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Their Majesties spent days in the Canary Islands, meeting with local leaders and residents, including at the Christopher Columbus House in Las Palmas of Gran Canaria.


King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, shortly after Easter, visited Seville’s royal sites to commemorate the 1992 Expo there.


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Media outlets have also reported that King Felipe and Queen Letizia are working on a good date for their postponed state visit to the United Kingdom.

Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia, King Felipe and Queen Letizia’s daughters, are increasingly taking an active public role for the Royal Household.


King Felipe with Queen Letizia and Queen Sofia, and Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

During Easter mass in Palma de Mallorca — a traditional stop for members of the Royal Family — the young Royal Highnesses appeared poised and confident when greeting the public.


Leonor, the Princess of Asturias and heir to the throne, is 11 and her sister Sofia is 9, so they still have some years before representing family country on their own.

When he was prince, Don Felipe swore allegiance to the Constitution when he came of age in 1986. His first speech was in 1981.

As King, he made his daughter Leonor a member of the Order of the Golden Fleece in preparation for her duties. The Royal Household has also been working on how to regulate her future activities.



King Felipe and Queen Letizia recently returned from a roughly week-long state visit to Japan.

Among numerous meetings, Their Majesties shared a meal and other meetings with Emperor Akohito and Empress Michiko.


King Felipe wearing the collar of the Japanese Order of the Chrysanthemum. The Emperor wearing the collar of the Spanish Order of the Golden Fleece. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

The King and Queen also, as is customary, met with Spaniards living and working in Japan.


The King worked to strengthen business ties between the two countries, meeting with business leaders on both sides.


The King and Queen, and the Emperor and Empress on a bullet train ride. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

The Queen visited researchers specializing in rare diseases, one of the focuses of her young reign.

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, King Felipe’s parents, made two appearances together earlier this month.

They visited the famed Prado museum in Madrid for an exhibit of items from the Hispanic Society of America Museum and Library.


On the same week, Their Majesties visited the Reina Sofía museum — named after Queen Sofia — for an exhibit marking the institution being able to display Pablo Picasso’s Guernica masterpiece.


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Separately, Queen Sofia presided over an awards ceremony of the Spanish Geographic Society.


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Members of the Spanish Royal Family and the extended king’s family were in Austria for the burial of Infanta Alicia Bourbon-Parma, King Juan Carlos’ aunt.

King Felipe spent two days in Catalonia late last month amid ongoing political tensions there.

His Majesty attended events surrounding this year’s Mobile World Congress in Catalonia’s capital of Barcelona.


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The event is traditionally on the royal calendar. It is also important for members of the Royal Family to be active in Catalonia.


The King greeting Catalan President Carles Puigdemont. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

The King took the opportunity to hold several meetings at Albéniz Palace, His Majesty’s official residence in Barcelona.


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King Felipe and Queen Letizia have since continued a full agenda of meetings.

Queen Letizia did something rare and notable this week.

Even though Her Majesty usually doesn’t wear tiaras or has preferred smaller ones, she wore one of the larger pieces in the royal collection for a state dinner for Argentina’s new president and first lady.


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Queen Letizia wore the fleur-de-lis tiara from Spanish jeweler Ansorena that Queen Victoria Eugenie wore on her wedding day to Alfonso XIII in 1906.


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Some commentators said the Queen wore the tiara to overshadow President Macri’s wife, Juliana Awada.

Other news

Also in recent days, Barcelona’s Gran Teatro del Liceo gave Queen Sofia a gold medal for her commitment to the arts.


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Separately, a Palma de Mallorca court is not making King Felipe’s brother in law Iñaki Urdangarin report to prison following his corruption and fraud conviction. A long appeals process is likely.