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Archive for April, 2013

Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia were among many royals in the Netherlands today for the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander, after the abdication of her mother Queen Beatrix.

Like in Spain, the ceremony is technically not a coronation, as the monarch appears near the Royal Crown but doesn’t actually wear it.

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Princess Letizia wore one of the family’s tiara’s for a dinner last night.

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King Juan Carlos also continues increasing his public appearances. A few days ago he met at Zarzuela Palace with Jordan’s King Abdullah.

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King Juan Carlos is back in public view after weeks of recovery from a back operation.

Earlier this week the King and Queen Sofia received the 2012 winner of the prestigious Cervantes Prize José Manuel Caballero Bonald at Zarzuela Palace.

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© Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia hosted a dinner in Caballero’s honor and presented him with the award yesterday.

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Yesterday King Juan Carlos met with Robert Fico, the Prime Minister of Slovakia.

Controversy Continues

Amid the ongoing corruption controversy surrounding his son-in-law, the King has agreed to even more transparency of Royal Household spending.

Don Juan Carlos will also provide details about his inheritance.

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Infanta Elena, the Duchess of Lugo, is in Panama this week on a humanitarian mission.

Several news outlets, including Hola have reported on the trip, which has not yet been announced by the Royal Household website.

Hola also had pictures this week of Infanta Cristina and her husband Iñaki Urdangarin, who is under investigation for corruption, watching their kids play handball.

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Prince Felipe, who usually attends inauguration ceremonies for Latin American leaders, will skip the one for Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela.

News reports indicate that the Spanish government wants to keep the Prince away from the ongoing controversy over the election to replace the late Hugo Chavez as President.

Prince Felipe speaking at a German-Spanish Forum, where he called for greater solidarity in solving current problems.

Prince Felipe speaking at a German-Spanish Forum, where he called for greater solidarity in solving current problems.

Prince Felipe did attend the funeral for Chavez, which had him sitting near Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Today former Madrid Community President Esperanza Aguirre attended the funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Aguirre is Countess of Murillo, a Grandee of Spain and also Honorary Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

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A crowd welcomed Prince Felipe in Catalonia last week, when he visited hydro electrical facilities in the shadow of the Pyrenees mountains.

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News outlets also noted a crowd of anti Monarchist, pro-Catalonian protesters.

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© Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

Also last week, Princess Letizia visited the World Health Organization in Geneva to learn more about the organization and its goals.

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© Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

This weekend Madrid was host to an anti-Monarchy, pro-Republic demonstration. Boosters are hoping the King’s recent troubles will help overturn the country’s current political system.

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Queen Sofia arrived in Mozambique yesterday for her 6th cooperation trip to Africa.

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She brought with her medical and nutrition supplies donated in part by the Queen Sofia Foundation.

Her Majesty is also set to visit projects funded by the Spanish international cooperation and development agency.

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© Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

Queen Sofia is scheduled to meet with Spanish residents in Mozambique and stay in the country until Thursday.

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Duke of Palma and King Juan Carlos’ son-in-law Iñaki Urdangarin is finalizing an arrangement that could soon take him to work for the Qatari handball team, El País reported today.

Investigators are pursuing a possible corruption case against Urdangarin, once an Olympic handball star, but he is under no obligation to stay in Spain while it continues.

Urdangarin and his wife, Infanta Cristina, have largely been sidelined from official royal engagements.

Infanta Cristina and her children would join Urdangarin, media reports say.

Infanta Cristina and her children would join Urdangarin, media reports say.

Meanwhile, El País is also reporting on the King’s plummeting poll numbers amid several controversies and his health problems, which have kept him away from public view.

His popularity has taken a hit even compared with other members of the Royal Family, like Queen Sofia or Prince Felipe, who have been making frequent appearances.

King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia.

King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia.

Analysts note that young people especially are largely unaware of Don Juan Carlos’ role in bringing democracy to Spain and putting down an attempted coup in the early 1980’s.

Newspaper El Mundo has been reporting about the King’s inheritance and his friend Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein’s activities on behalf of the Spanish government, including in the Arab world.

Leftist parties are demanding more transparency from the Royal Household, which has agreed to be part of a new openness law, albeit in a limited fashion.

Spanish royals already disclose their salary, taxes and other expenses. They will now also increase disclosure on trips and meetings.

Socialists are asking for the Royal Family’s personal finances to be public, as well.

Madrid Royal Palace.

Madrid Royal Palace.

Today Spanish Government President Mariano Rajoy defended the Crown as an important part of Spanish unity. The Socialist party is also officially in favor of keeping the Crown.

UPDATE: News reports indicate that King Juan Carlos has spoken to his friend the Emir of Qatar, but about business issues and not about Urdangarin.

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