King Felipe marked a milestone of his young reign this week by attending his first Ibero-American summit as Spanish head of state.
Don Felipe met with business and political leaders from around Latin America and the Iberian peninsula at the Veracruz, Mexico gathering.
The Ibero-American summit is seem as a venue for Spanish international influence, plus interactions with its former colonies.
But lackluster turnout has prompted observers to recommend reforms to the summit, perhaps less frequent meetings.
Spain has strong economic and cultural ties to Latin America, something the Spanish Crown has been working to strengthen.
Before becoming King, Don Felipe was Spain’s official representative to presidential inaugurations in Latin America. It was a way for the former prince to become known in the region.