Opera Night For King, Queen

King Felipe and Queen Letizia were at the Royal Theater in Madrid this evening to help open the new opera season.

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia arriving at the Royal Theater in Madrid.
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The King and Queen in the Royal Box.

In recent years, Queen Letizia’s birthday coincided with their visit to the opera, so the audience celebrated with the royals. Her Majesty turned 46 last week.

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King Visits Barcelona

King Felipe made another trip to Barcelona this week amid rejection from Catalan authorities.

His Majesty dropped by the Gastech 2018 natural gas conference in the city on Monday.

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King Felipe touring conference exhibits.

Catalan separatist authorities once again boycotted the King’s visit to protest his vocal support for Spanish unity.

King Opens Judicial Year, Heads To Catalonia

King Felipe this week opened the judicial year at the Palace of Justice in Madrid, headquarters for the Spanish Supreme Court.

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The event, while routine, was notable because Spanish prosecutors and the judicial branch are pursuing Catalan separatists.

And His Majesty opened the judicial year ahead of the so-called Diada, Catalonia’s national day.

The King is scheduled to visit Catalonia next week, part of his continued effort to be present in the region.

Princess Leonor Makes Her Debut

Leonor, the Princess of Asturias, marked another milestone as heir to the Spanish throne this weekend.

Her Royal Highness, along with her parents, attended a series of ceremonies in the historic community of Covadonga, Asturias.

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The royals celebrated the founding of the old Kingdom of Asturias and the anniversary of the canonical coronation of the Virgin of Covadonga.

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia with Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia. © Spanish Royal Household

The royals also visited a national park in Asturias.

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Princess Leonor holding a baby. © Spanish Royal Household

Even though Princess Leonor did not deliver remarks, the trip was billed as part of her journey toward representing the Royal Family and eventually becoming queen.

Recently King Felipe inducted her into the Order of the Golden Fleece. She also has her own standard.

Asturias is often called the birthplace of modern Spain. Christian rulers in the area launched the reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula from Islamic rule.

Royals Retake Their Agenda

Members of the Spanish Royal Family have retaken their official agenda after the August vacation.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia have held several audiences and a trip to an agricultural fair in Salamanca.

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Members of the family had a public vacation in Mallorca, followed by more private rest later in the month.

King, Queen Honor Terror Victims

King Felipe and Queen Letizia on Friday attended ceremonies to honor the victims of last year’s terror attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, both in the autonomous community of Catalonia.

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The King and Queen attended with other leaders of the central and regional government.

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The monarch’s attendance was controversial because pro-independence politicians wanted to keep him out.

Most leaders eventually put differences aside, but separatists put up billboards against the King overnight.

The crowd included unionists who cheered the King and the Constitution.

Royals Visible In Mallorca

Members of the Spanish Royal Family have been extremely visible during their vacations in Mallorca.

The goal is to defuse all the talk of controversy surrounding King Juan Carlos, and also move past the recent public tension between Queen Letizia and Queen Sofia.

Earlier this week, King Felipe and Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez met at Marivent Palace in Palma de Mallorca, and later Queen Letizia and Sánchez’s wife María Begoña joined in for lunch.

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The King also participated in the King’s Cup Regatta and awards ceremony, and held an evening gathering for local leaders at Almudaina Palace with Queen Letizia and Queen Sofia.

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Earlier this month, King Felipe, Queen Letizia and their daughters — Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia — posed for pictures at Almudaina Palace and greeted reporters.

Queen Sofia, Queen Letizia, the princess and the infanta visited walked around a market.

More family members, including Infanta Elena and Princess Irene, Queen Sofia’s sister, joined the royals for a concert.

Members of the Royal Family and other close relatives also had dinner out together, as has become tradition.

King Juan Carlos, meanwhile, remains away from official activities. He missed the inauguration of Colombia’s new president because of health reasons, outlets reported.