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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.

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

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.

A small meal for President Mujica at Zarzuela Palace.

A small meal for President Mujica at Zarzuela Palace.

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Queen Sofia called for the protection of youth during a conference in Portugal late last week to discuss missing or exploited children.

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Queen Sofia with Portuguese President Aníbal Cavaco Silva and his wife Maria Cavaco Silva.
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“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.

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Queen Sofia feeding a burro.

Prince Felipe

Last week Prince Felipe was in Ecuador for the swearing-in of President Rafael Correa.

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Prince Felipe with President Correa.
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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.

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© Real Federación Española de Fútbol

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King Juan Carlos met with former U.S. President Bill Clinton yesterday as Zarzuela Palace.

Clinton, who has met with Don Juan Carlos many times before, was in Madrid for the Laureate Summit on Youth and Jobs.

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

Clinton also met with Prince Felipe, while both attended the summit at Madrid’s European University.

His Royal Highness said, “Governments and public institutions have the responsibility to create policies that favor stable job creation.”

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Prince Felipe and President Clinton at the summit.

Don Felipe added, “Universities and educational centers must mold youth so they have the skills necessary to get jobs, and companies should offer opportunities for professional growth.”

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Princess Letizia of Asturias is making news from her analysis of language during Spain’s tough financial condition.

During a journalism and language conference yesterday, Her Royal Highness said, “the crisis has its own language and its utilization can be intentional.”

Princess Letizia during her chat. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

Princess Letizia during her chat.
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She continued, “It’s not the same to say help and rescue, recession for negative growth or restructuring instead of cuts.”

Members of the Spanish Royal Family has been active in looking for new economic opportunities and pressing political leaders to focus on economic growth.

Prince Felipe, during a recent summit of engineers, called on the profession to help promote economic growth.

Prince Felipe, during a recent summit of engineers, called on the profession to help promote economic growth.

The Royal agenda has been relatively full in recent weeks with numerous visits and receptions at Zarzuela Palace and around the country.

Queen Sofia at the Royal Theater in Madrid this week.

Queen Sofia at the Royal Theater in Madrid this week.

Infanta Elena at Valencia's Cavalry Armory.

Infanta Elena at Valencia’s Cavalry Armory.

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A court in Palma de Mallorca overturned today a recent subpoena against King Juan Carlos’ daughter Infanta Cristina in connection with her husband’s corruption investigation.

Judge José Castro, investigating allegations that Duke of Palma Iñaki Urdangarin used a non-profit company to line his pockets with government contracts, subpoenaed Infanta Cristina in April.

However, prosecutors appealed his decision citing lack of evidence.

Meanwhile, other members of the Royal Family are continuing with a busy schedule in part to rehabilitate the Crown’s image.

Prince Felipe in Seville today. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

Prince Felipe in Seville.
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Today Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia visited a gallery and port facility in Seville.

Princess Letizia in Seville.

Princess Letizia in Seville.

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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.

King Juan Carlos meeting with Equatorial Guinea foreign minister. Guinea Ecuatorial, Agapito Mba Mokuy

King Juan Carlos meeting with Equatorial Guinea foreign minister.

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.

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