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Archive for May, 2014

King Juan Carlos today met with former French President Nicolas Sarkozy at Zarzuela Palace.

Don Juan Carlos is friends with Sarkozy and recently awarded him the collar of the Order of the Golden Fleece.

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The King, who has significantly boosted his public appearances, was in Lisbon this weekend with Queen Sofia attending the UEFA Champions League 2014 final game between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid.

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Their Majesties with European and Portuguese officials.

Among recent events by members of the Royal Family, Princess Letizia attended a childhood cancer symposium in Seville.

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Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia last week celebrated their ten year anniversary.

The Royal Household released pictures of the couple getting their daughters — Infanta Leonor and Infanta Sofia — getting ready for school.

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

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

The Royal Household also released a series of statistics about Their Royal Highnessess as Prince and Princess of Asturias, and heirs to the Spanish throne.

The Prince and Princess of Asturias on a museum visit in Toledo. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

The Prince and Princess of Asturias on a museum visit in Toledo.
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The couple has made more than 70 foreign trips to 38 countries. They have hosted more than 1,500 official events together, with Princess Letizia hosting 190 by herself.

The Prince and Princess have also received more than 7,000 people together during audiences.

 

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The Spanish Royal Household has joined Twitter, officials announced today, under the account @CasaReal.

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The Royal Household’s Twitter page features the King’s Coat of Arms and a picture of Zarzuela Palace.

Joining Twitter follows a website upgrade and getting a YouTube account, among other web and social media offerings.

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King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia were in Barcelona today handing out Royal Dispatches to new judges.

Their very presence in Barcelona was of note because of the ongoing debate in Catalonia about independence.

The King, who recently returned from Saudi Arabia, greeted Catalan President Artur Mas cordially, even though Mas has been pushing for a referendum on independence.

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King Juan Carlos greets Mas. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

During his remarks, King Juan Carlos touted “democratic coexistence, social peace and justice.” He also stressed the importance of Constitutional principles and rights.

Yesterday the King visited the Basque Country, another autonomous community known for pro-independence and republican rumblings.

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His Majesty at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Vitoria. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

Earlier this week Prince Felipe visited Bilbao, the Basque Country’s largest city, to preside over an awards ceremony.

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

Spanish media reported a small Basque nationalist demonstration against the Royal Family and in favor of self determination.

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Don Felipe meeting with Basque business leaders in Bizkaia. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

Spain’s central government has resisted regional referendums on independence, calling them unconstitutional.

Separately, this week tax authorities accused the King’s son-in-law Iñaki Urdangarin, the Duke of Palma, of tax crimes.

Urdangarin has for years been under investigation for allegations that he used public money for personal gain.

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Prince Felipe was in Costa Rica earlier this week attending the sweating-in of that country’s new President Luis Guillermo Solís.

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

Don Felipe also met other world leaders who attended the ceremonies, and also with local Spaniards.

The Prince of Asturias is the Spain’s official representative to swearing-in ceremonies in Latin America pursuant to a 1996 Spanish Royal Decree.

The idea is to make Spain’s future king closer to the leaders of former Spanish colonies and the wider Ibero-American world.

King Juan Carlos has made a similar push with Arab World monarchies, in an attempt to improve Spain’s economic position. His last stop was in Bahrain.

King Juan Carlos with King Sheikh Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa.

King Juan Carlos with King Sheikh Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa.

Don Juan Carlos is also scheduled to make trips to Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

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