Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia were at the opera at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, where republican sentiment can often run deep.
Newspaper El Mundo posted a video, which shows how strong people can feel for an against the Spanish Royal Family.
People shouldn’t be surprised, however. During the transition to Democracy, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia were often greeted with jeers and screams, especially in places like Catalonia and the Basque Country.
In recent days King Juan Carlos has met with Austrian Chancellor Werner Feymann and Guatemalan President José Mujica.
Queen Sofia called for the protection of youth during a conference in Portugal late last week to discuss missing or exploited children.
“The protection of infancy, of all children, should be constitutional to the principles and values of any society and human collective,” Her Majesty said in Lisbon.
Also over the weekend Queen Sofia, known for her love of animals, assisted the annal expo organized by the Royal Spanish Canine Society.
Last week Prince Felipe was in Ecuador for the swearing-in of President Rafael Correa.
Prince Felipe of Asturias has for years been tasked with attending such events at Latin American countries, as a means of stretching ties between Ibero-American leaders and the heir to the Spanish throne.
However, while Don Felipe assisted the funeral of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, he did not attend the presidential inauguration amid controversy over election results.
King Juan Carlos
King Juan Carlos is back to public events after his recent operation. Earlier this month, for example, he attended the final game of the soccer King’s Cup at the fames Santiago Bernabéu stadium.
King Juan Carlos called on political leaders to find consensus on Spain’s challenges, particularly the economy and sky-high unemployment.
His Majesty, who has been recovering from an operation, also invited television cameras into his office this month to become more visible amid sagging poll numbers.
Spain’s statistics agency found in new research that Spaniards are increasingly concerned about the role of their monarchy.
The Crown has also gone down in ranking among the country’s esteemed institutions, something that has worried government officials and led Spanish Television to air stories on the King’s role in fomenting Democracy.
Media outlets reported that Don Juan Carlos will reduce his international activities to focus on domestic issues. He said he wants to have more meetings with business and community leaders.