Royal Introductions Continue, Queen Sofia Makes Appearance

It has been a busy week for King Felipe and Queen Letizia.

It started with a short but whirlwind trip to Portugal, which included visits with the country’s leaders and civil society.

Their Majesties with Portuguese Preisdent Aníbal Cavaco Silva and his wife at Queluz Palace. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos
Their Majesties with Portuguese Preisdent Aníbal Cavaco Silva and his wife at Queluz Palace. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos
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King Felipe and President Silva.
Queen Letizia with Portuguese First Lady María Cavaco Silva and Paula Cost, President of the Portuguese National Association of Mental and Rare Diseases.
Queen Letizia with Portuguese First Lady María Cavaco Silva and Paula Cost, president of the Portuguese National Association of Mental and Rare Diseases.

This week King Felipe attended the wake for Spanish soccer legend Alfredo Di Stéfano Laulhe at Madrid’s Bernabéu Stadium. Queen Letizia, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia also sent their condolences.

Queen Letizia gets mobbed by crowds during a Spanish Red Cross event.
Queen Letizia gets mobbed by crowds during a Spanish Red Cross event.

The King also attended military and institutional ceremonies this week.

King Felipe welcomes recruits at the Zaragoza Military Academy.
King Felipe granting Royal Dispatches at the Zaragoza Military Academy.
King Felipe swears-in new Constitutional Court magistrate at Zarzuela Palace.
King Felipe swears-in new Constitutional Court magistrate at Zarzuela Palace.

Tomorrow the King will host a meeting of Spain’s National Security Council at Zarzuela Palace, the first of his reign.

Even though most of the attention has been on the new Monarchs, Queen Sofia, King Felipe’s mother, made an appearance at the Valencia Nautical Club this week. It was not on the Royal Household’s official agenda.

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