Monarchy Celebrates Win

King Juan Carlos and other members of the Royal Family welcomed the Spanish football team after their UEFA Euro 2012 tournament win in Ukraine yesterday.

The team at Zarzuela Palace. Note the King’s flag in the upper left hand corner.
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“With work, you achieve results,” the King told team members, as he congratulated them on behalf of the country. Captain Iker Casillas then gave the King a team jersey with the number 1 on the back.

Princess Letizia, her daughters and Infanta Elena were also at the palace for the event. Click here for video from Spanish Television.

King Juan Carlos with his granddaughters, Infanta Leonor and Sofia.
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Prince Felipe was in Kiev yesterday to watch the game. It is common for members of the Royal Family to attend major sporting events abroad.

The Spanish team, Prince Felipe and Prime Mister Mariano Rajoy.
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Spain’s victory makes them, according to one analyst, “the most accomplished international soccer team of all time.” The Spanish team now has two recent wins in Europe and the World Cup.

Prince Felipe with Xavi Hernández.
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Queen Sofia, who is also a big fan of Spanish sports, was not at the event. She arrived today in the Philippines for an official visit.

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