Queen Sofia Visits Portugal, Prince Felipe Ecuador

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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