Royal Flight Affected, Again

An airplane carrying Prince Felipe broke down this week for the second time in recent weeks.

Last year a problem with a Spanish Air Force Airbus 310 forced His Royal Highness to cancel a trip to Brazil.

This week, the Prince’s flight had to return to the Dominican Republic while on its way to Honduras. Don Felipe eventually made it to Tegucigalpa.

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Prince Felipe meeting with President Lobo.
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The Prince went to Honduras to meet with outgoing President Porfirio Lobo and attend the swearing-in ceremony for new President Juan Orlando Hernández Alvarado.

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Prince Felipe giving President Hernández a letter from King Juan Carlos.
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The Prince’s airplane problems have caused a stir in the Spanish media because the A310s were a controversial purchase.

Spain’s Defense Minister sent a different one for Don Felipe’s return, just in case.

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia receiving Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and his wife María Clemencia Rodríguez Múnera at Zarzuela Palace this month.
King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia receiving Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and his wife María Clemencia Rodríguez Múnera at Zarzuela Palace this month.

Beyond that, Spaniards are wondering how Infanta Cristina’s upcoming testimony will go before a Balearic Islands judge in connection with the corruption investigation of her husband.

Queen Sofia at the Royal Theater in Madrid.
Queen Sofia presiding over an event at the Royal Theater in Madrid Monday.

Media reports say the Princess’ testimony will not be recoded to prevent leaks. There has also been discussion about how she will arrive because of concerns about giving her proper security but also not offering her special treatment.

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