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King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia immediately deployed this week to the Santiago de Compostela area in the Galicia region to comfort victims of the high speed train derailment, which killed dozens of people.

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

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

Their Majesties, especially the Queen, are known for their ability to connect with and comfort people in mourning.

Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia deployed on Friday to University Hospital in Santiago, one of the facilities where the injured were taken.

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

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

They also met with area residents and rescue workers during their visit.

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King Juan Carlos arrived in Morocco today for a work visit, including meetings with King Mohammed VI.

King Juan Carlos meets with members of the Moroccan Royal Family. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

King Juan Carlos meets with members of the Moroccan Royal Family.
© Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

Both monarchs have a relatively close relationship, even if both countries sometimes disagree over immigration issues and Spain’s North African enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta.

In the mid 1970s Prince Juan Carlos, acting as Head of State near the death of dictator Francisco Franco, decided against fighting Moroccans over the territory now known as Western Sahara.

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

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

His Majesty has been relatively busy in recent weeks. Last week he presided over a meeting of the newly-reformed National Security Council.

Meeting at Zarzuela Palace.

Meeting at Zarzuela Palace.

Queen Sofia, meanwhile, was in Asturias today for a tourism promotion trip. She also encountered protests from miners, upset about recent cuts in subsidies.

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King Juan Carlos last week for the first time ever presided over a meeting of the permanent commission of a government advisory body on economic and social issues.

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

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

The meeting was evidence of the Monarch’s concern over the country’s precarious economic condition.

Don Juan Carlos is also in the midst of working to restore the monarchy’s standing among many in the public, who have taken a more dim view amid recent scandals.

He said that in current times Spaniards “live in decisive times for developing solutions that allow growth and employment, to offer opportunities to the young and the unemployed — who are the most bitter face of the crisis — and to preserve social cohesion and consolidate successes.”

Also last week, Prince Felipe was in Switzerland trying to sell the International Olympic Committee on Madrid’s candidacy to host the 2020 games.

Prince Felipe during his presentation, showing a picture of his parents as sport enthusiasts.  © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

Prince Felipe during his presentation, showing a picture of his parents as sport enthusiasts.
© Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

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