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.


King Felipe speaking at the Palace of Catalan Music. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

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.

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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.

A Palma de Mallorca court has absolved Infanta Cristina, King Felipe’s sister, of fraud and corruption charges today.

Her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin, the former Duke of Palma, may go to jail for more than six years.

At issue is a long-running case dealing with a group Urdangarin lead. Authorities accuse him of enriching himself through lucrative government contracts.

Even though the court absolved the infanta, King Juan Carlos’ daughter and former Duchess of Palma, she must pay a so-called civil responsibility.

The King and Queen Letizia continued with their schedule as usual. The Royal Household has expressed confidence in the justice system.


The King and Queen today at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid. The Baroness Thyssen is on the left. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

King Felipe’s rise to the throne after Don Juan Carlos’ abdication means Infanta Cristina is no longer a member of the core Royal Family.

The scandal also led her brother to strip her of her duchess title. She claims she resigned it first.

King Felipe addressed problems facing the European Union and Spain’s plans to work with the new Trump administration in the United States.


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King Felipe’s father, King Juan Carlos, was the first head of state to visit President Obama at the White House. But Spain has said little about Trump.

During a reception at the Royal Palace in Madrid for the diplomatic corps last month, the King said, “It is our desire to continue working with the new administration at the same level of excellence that we have done until now.”


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The King spoke in the Throne Room. The reception was nearby in the stately Hall of Columns.

On Europe, His Majesty said, “We are aware that the European project is being put into question” but he pointed to EU actions to address the financial crisis. “It’s time for a better Europe, not to undo the good we have built or to turn back.”