Royals Express Solidarity With French

The Spanish Royal Household is expressing solidarity with the people of France following the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral yesterday evening.

In a tweet, the Royal Household expressed confidence in rebuilding the historic structure.

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The Royal Household has increasingly used Twitter to communicate with the public beyond posting pictures and official events.

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In Pictures: A Packed Agenda

King Felipe, Queen Letizia and Queen Sofia have made numerous public appearances in recent weeks. The following are images from selected events, as released by the Spanish Royal Household.

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Queen Letizia in Burgos.
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King Felipe accepting ambassador credentials at the Royal Palace in Madrid.
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The King and Queen during the funeral of José Pedro Pérez-Llorca Rodrigo, one of the fathers of the Spanish Constitution.
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Queen Sofia during an event in Mallorca.

Members of the Royal Family will soon be in Mallorca for the Easter holiday, likely making an appearance after Sunday mass.

In Pictures: Argentina State Visit

King Felipe and Queen Letizia spent several days in Argentina last month for a state visit.

They met with President Mauricio Macri and First Lady Juliana Awada, among other dignitaries, Spaniards living abroad, members of the Jewish community and business leaders.

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The King and Queen made stops in Buenos Aires and Córdoba. Photos ae courtesy of the Spanish Royal Household.

Muslims Also Request Royal Apology

A mosque based in Seville is asking King Felipe to apologize to Spain’s Muslim community for abuses suffered during the Reconquest.

The letter to His Majesty from leaders of the Ishbilia Mosque follows a missive from Mexico’s new left-wing president last month asking Spain to apologize for the conquest of the Americas.

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia meeting in 2017 with Spanish Muslim leaders. Spanish Royal Household

Muslims ruled large swaths of Spain during the Middle Ages. Christian kingdoms recovered land over the centuries, culminating in the taking of Granada in the late 1400s.

The Ishbilia Mosque letter says King Felipe should apologize to Spain’s Islamic community just like the country did with Jews expelled during the same time period.

Mexican President Requests Royal Apology

Mexico’s new left wind president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, is asking King Felipe to apologize for Spain’s conquest of Mexico.

The president made the request in a letter to His Majesty through the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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López Obrador, who has good relations with Spain, says an apology is the only way to gain true reconciliation. He send the Pope a similar missive.

The Spanish government, according to El Pais, is not at all thrilled by the letter to the King.

Dramatic Start To Argentina State Visit

King Felipe and Queen Letizia arrived in Buenos Aires today for a state visit to Argentina.

The trip made news as it started because, according to media reports, the King’s jet had a close call with an Argentine official airplane upon landing.

Officials are downplaying the incident, saying there was no significant damage.

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Separately, Their Majesties were late in exiting their aircraft because Argentine authorities could not find the correct stairs.