King, Queen Celebrate Anniversary

King Felipe and Queen Letizia are celebrating their 14th wedding anniversary today.

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Their Majesties are not celebrating together. The queen is on a trip to the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

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King Felipe Slams ‘Nationalist Selfishness’

King Felipe in recent days slammed anti-European populists and “nationalist selfishness” during remarks in western Spain.

His Majesty made the comments during an awards ceremony for Antonio Tajani, president of the European parliament.

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The comments come amid continued pro-independence rumblings in the Spanish region of Catalonia, and similar instability around the world.

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The King, who is deeply in favor of further European integration, was also in Germany recently to an award to French President Emmanuel Macron.

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Back in Spain, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos met with King Felipe and Queen Letizia at Zarzuela Palace.

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Santos will soon leave the presidency of Columbia after completing a peace deal with the FARC armed revolutionary movement.

 

 

King, Queen Debut New Dictionary

King Felipe and Queen Letizia today welcomed the release of a new online resource dedicated to figures of importance to Spain.

Their Majesties presided over a ceremony at El Pardo Palace for the Royal Academy of History’s biographical dictionary.

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The King and Queen are usually present at the Royal Spanish Academy to sign new or updated language tomes.

Mexico visit

Late last month, the King and Queen continued their focus on foreign relations with a visit from Mexico’s outgoing president and his wife.

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The two couples met at Zarzuela Palace outside Madrid. A royal visit to the U.S., likely low-key, is in the works.

Royals Welcome Saudi, Portuguese Leaders

King Felipe and Queen Letizia have been busy with international matters in recent weeks.

Last week, they welcomed Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa for a state visit. Leaders of the neighboring countries keep extremely close ties.

Their Majesties hosted a welcoming ceremony at the Royal Palace in Madrid and attended a reception at El Pardo Palace just outside the city.

Other stops for de Sousa included the Reina Sofia Museum and the University of Salamanca.

Tiara debut

During a dinner at the Madrid Royal Palace for the Portuguese president, Queen Letizia wore the family’s Cartier tiara for the first time ever.

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Queen Sofia has often word the headpiece, but Queen Letizia has generally favored the smaller tiaras in the collection.

Saudi Visit

Earlier this month, the King and Queen welcomed the Saudi crown prince for a less formal gathering at the Madrid Royal Palace and Zarzuela Palace.

King Juan Carlos was recently vacationing in Saudi Arabia. where he keeps close touch with its royals.

New Royal Message In Catalonia

King Felipe was in Barcelona today handing out royal dispatches to new judges and expressed support for the profession.

The comments were notable because Spain’s justice system has been active in prosecuting Catalan separatists.

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King Felipe also met with Catalan business leaders at Albéniz Palace, which His Majesty uses for events in Barcelona.

Royal Household Pushes Image Of Normality

All is well in the Spanish Royal Household. That’s the message from King Felipe after visiting his father at the hospital following an operation this weekend.

A supposed spat between Queen Letizia and Queen Sofia made international news soon after Easter.

On Saturday, they were both all smiles as their went into the La Moraleja Hospital in Madrid.

The controversy was over images appearing to show Queen Letizia blocking Queen Sofia from posing for pictures with Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia.

Notably, on Saturday Queen Sofia walked holding both her young granddaughters’ hands. Other members of King Juan Carlos and King Felipe’s family also showed up.