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King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia arrived in Rome over the weekend to attend the canonization of former popes John XXIII and John Paul II.

© Agencia EFE

© Agencia EFE

The King and Queen assisted the Vatican City ceremony along with leaders from around the world, and then met with Pope Francis separately.

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Queen Sofia’s status as a Catholic Queen allows her to wear white when meeting the Pope. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

King Juan Carlos also met with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano while in Rome.

Back in Madrid, the King swore in Spain’s new Agriculture Minister in a ceremony at Zarzuela Palace.

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His Majesty is now on another visit to the Middle East, this time Oman and Bahrain.

King Juan Carlos greets Sultan Qaboos Bin Said.

King Juan Carlos greets Sultan Qaboos Bin Said.

Queen Sofia, meanwhile, spoke at Oxford University on Tuesday for the 700th anniversary of Exeter College.

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King Juan Carlos met with Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa at Zarzuela Palace this week.

Correa was in Spain to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Barcelona.

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

The Spanish Royal Family makes it a point to maintain good relations with Latin American leaders.

Earlier this week, as expected, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia awarded the Cervantes prize to Elena Poniatowska.

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

King Juan Carlos this week also attended a soccer game between Real Madrid and FC Bayern Munchen.

Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia went to another game between Atlético Madrid and Chelsea.

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King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, and Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia hosted a lunch for Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska, 2013 winner of the Cervantes prize for literature in Spanish.

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The King and Queen welcoming Poniatowska. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

Members of the Royal Family are also expected to attend the upcoming awards ceremony at the University of Alcalá de Henares, birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.

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Over the weekend members of the Royal Family, also including Infanta Elena, attended Eastern Mass in Palma de Mallorca.

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Outside the Palma cathedral. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

The Mallorca mass is a Spanish Royal Family tradition. Media outlets reportes that Queen Sofia spent a few days on the island around Eastern.

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Another airplane malfunction — the fifth in recent months for Spanish VIP jets — delayed King Juan Carlos’ return from the Middle East.

Kuwaiti authorities offered the King one of their jets, but ended up not needing it.

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

His Majesty was able to be in Spain in time for the final of the King’s Cup in Valencia between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

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King presenting the cup to team leader Iker Casillas. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

 

 

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King Juan Carlos is on an official visit to the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait this week, looking to further cement ties with the Persian Gulf nations and promote economic cooperation.

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

The King has for decades been keen on developing a personal relationship with Middle Eastern royals to lobby for economic opportunities for Spanish firms.

Over the weekend Queen Sofia, who is a big fan of classical music, attended a performance of Verdi’s Requiem at the Toledo Cathedral in honor of the deal of painter El Greco.

Queen Sofia with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Queen Sofia with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

And this evening, Her Majesty was in the Balearic Islands at the Mallorca Cathedral for another concert, this one to benefit drug treatment and abuse prevention.

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Also in recent weeks, the Royal Household announced that Queen Sofia will have a new chief of staff beginning in October — Arturo Luis Coello Villanueva.

Villanueva will replace José Cabrera García, who will retire after three decades in service to the Crown.

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Gossip Abounds

The gossip surrounding the Spanish Royal Family grew dramatically this week with the release of a new book by Spanish historian and Royal chronicler Pilar Urbano.

Essentially she says the King tried to oust former Prime Minister Adolfo Suárez, who recently died.

As a result, she says, the Don Juan Carlos inadvertently sparked the infamous 1981 coup attempt, which the King is credited with having put down.

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Spain’s Royal Household and its political establishment have dismissed the allegations and have come in the King’s defense.

Also this week media outlets reported reforms aimed at making litigation against Queen Sofia, Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia go straight to the Supreme Court.

Queen Sofia touring a biological reserve this week. © Agencia EFE

Queen Sofia touring a biological reserve this week.
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King Juan Carlos cannot be taken to court. He is, by the Constitution, inviolable.

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King Juan Carlos this week awarded Enrique V. Iglesias by inducting him into the Order of the Golden Fleece.

Iglesias, of Spanish and Uruguayan citizenship, is the Ibero-American Secretary General, and has worked for closer relationships between Iberia and Latin America.

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

Queen Sofia, Prince Felipe, Princess Letizia and Infanta Elena were also on hand at the ceremony, held at the Madrid Royal Palace’s Hall of Columns.

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

Queen Sofia also visited the Royal Palace this week to attend the Royal Guard’s Changing of the Guard ceremony.

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Her Majesty viewing the event from the Throne Room balcony. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

The ceremony is a weekly event popular with tourists and other visitors.

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