King Felipe and other members of the Spanish Royal Family are going about their agenda this week amid a constitutional crisis.

Spanish police detained several pro-independence politicians in Catalonia today and moved to take over some of that region’s autonomy.

The King, who has spoken against separatism, greeted new ambassadors at the Royal Palace in Madrid today.


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Earlier this week, Queen Letizia was in the Canary Islands visiting a school and Queen Sofia in Portugal for a summit on Alzheimer’s disease.

The King this week was also at the opening of the new Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid.


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The King is no doubt staying in touch with government leaders amid the crisis in Catalonia.


King Felipe once again used his bully pulpit to address the crisis in Catalonia, where pro-independence parties are looking to force a referendum on independence.


King Felipe and Queen Letizia greet residents of Cuenca. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

The King, during remarks in recent days at an awards ceremony related to culture, spoke about Spain’s “constitutional democracy” and national “coexistence.”

Don Felipe said the Spanish Constitution would prevail as the guarantor of liberty and progress, and against those who seek to break it.


The King during remarks at the Cuenca Cathedral. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

The King often addresses the Catalan question in indirect terms, trying to stay above politics.

Members of the Spanish Royal Family have launched their fall agenda following the summer vacation.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia have opened the season with numerous audiences and events.

Earlier this month the King went to the Palace of Justice in Madrid to open 2017-2018 judicial year.


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Their Majesties have several more audiences in the coming days, including a ceremony to open the university school year.

King Felipe participated this weekend in a mass demonstration in Barcelona against terrorism.

The event, also attended by national and regional leaders, follows an attack in that city earlier this month.


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Rescue workers and officials welcomed the King. Some anti-monarchy activists and pacifists, upset about Spain’s export of military weapons, protested his arrival.


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The King has made it a point to visit Barcelona several times since the attack. His presence as a symbol of unity is particularly important amid pro-independence rumblings in the Autonomous Community of Catalonia.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia were back in Barcelona today in response to this week’s terror attacks.


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The King and Queen visited the injured in at least two Barcelona area hospitals.


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They also signed a condolence book at Barcelona City Hall and left flowers at the scene of the incident.


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Soon after the incident, the Royal Household sent out a tweet calling the attackers murderers and saying all of Spain was with Barcelona.

King Felipe traveled to Barcelona today to participate in a moment of silence for the victims of terrorism in Spain this week.


The King walks with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. © Presidencia del Gobierno

The King and other Spanish and Catalan dignitaries left their summer vacations to attend to the crisis.


The King with other Catalan and Spanish leaders. © Agencia EFE

Terrorism is nothing new in Spain and members of the Royal Family. The country has dealt with Basque separatists in the past and the 2004 Madrid train bombings.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was late for his meeting with King Felipe at Marivent Palace in Mallorca today.

Media outlets reported that Rajoy was suffering from lumbar pain, but eventually made it.


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Members of the Spanish Royal Family are staying at Marivent during at least part of their summer break.