Members of the Spanish Royal Family have continued focusing on the recent Germanwings airplane crash on a flight from Barcelona to Dusseldorf.
Late last week King Felipe held a meeting in his dispatch at Zarzuela Palace with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to discuss the incident.
Queen Sofia, his mother, presided over a moment of silence during an awards ceremony in Toledo.
King Felipe and Queen Letizia were starting a state visit to France when the plane crash. They cancelled their plans as a result.
King Felipe and Queen Letizia mourned the victims of this week’s airplane crash while on a visit to France.
King Felipe and Queen Letizia were beginning the first state visit of their young reign when a German airliner traveling from Barcelona crashed in France.
As a result, they suspended the state visit and instead focused on responding to the incident.
“We would like to express our most sincere condolences, from the bottom of our hearts, to families that have lost loved ones,” said the King at Elysee Palace in Paris.
King Felipe and Queen Letizia also visited a French command center dealing with the crash aftermath.
Last week Queen Sofia remembered the victims of the terrorist shooting in Tunisia while receiving an award for her commitment to Mallorca.
Queen Sofia is known for being a fan of vacationing at Marivent Palace in the island of Mallorca in eastern Spain.
She goes on extended stays, often takes members of her extended family and promotes charitable causes.
King Felipe and Queen Letizia continue marking “firsts” of their young reign. Last week was their first time viewing a performance as monarchs at the Royal Theater.
The Royal Theater in Madrid sits right across from the Royal Palace and has a balcony set aside for members of the Royal Family.
Rafael Spottorno, former head of the Spanish Royal Household under King Juan Carlos and top adviser under King Felipe, is defending the use of a controversial credit card, which led to his downfall.
Spottorno used a card from the bank Caja Madrid when he was head of the institution’s charitable arm. He is said to have spent more than 200,000 euros with it.
A number of public officials are under investigation for receiving and using cards from the government-owned bank. Spottorno left the Royal Household advisory role because of it.
But in a recent court hearing Spottorno said the card was legitimate and for personal expenses as part of his salary.
Queen Sofia earlier this month continued a Spainish Royal Family tradition, when she kissed the feet of the Christ of Medinaceli at the Medinaceli Basilica in Madrid.
Queen Sofia, even after her husband’s abdication, remains among the most popular members of the Spanish Royal Family, and also deeply committed to promoting the institution.
Queen Sofia is also known for being very approachable but also very religious.
The Spanish Supreme Court has tabled a paternity suit against King Juan Carlos, King Felipe’s father.
At issue was a long standing claim by Belgian citizen Ingrid Sartiau, who claims to be Don Juan Carlos’ daughter.
King Juan Carlos was constitutionally inviolable during his reign. But his abdication last year opened the door to the suits.
The Supreme Court quickly rejected a claim by a Spanish citizen, but agreed to consider one by Sartiau, who.was born in 1966, abut four years after Don Juan Carlos married Queen Sofia.
King Felipe has presided over several high-profile events in Catalonia in recent days, amid ongoing separatist rumblings there.
His Majesty helped launch the large GSMA Mobile World Congress 2015 with a dinner at Pedralbes Palace, once an official residence for the Spanish Royal Family.
He then toured the exhibits at the Fira De Barcelona venue along with national and regional leaders.
The King coincided with Catalonian President Artur Mas, who recently scheduled elections for later this year as a referendum on independence.
Separately this week, King Felipe welcomed Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn at Albéniz also in Barcelona.
In Madrid this week, part of a busy few days for the Royal Family, King Felipe and Queen Letizia welcomed Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.
As is customary, Their Majesties welcomed the President and his wife during an official ceremony at El Pardo Palace, then a meeting at Zarzuela Palace and then a gathering at the Madrid Royal Palace.
King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, King Felipe’s parents, are back on the Royal Household’s agenda.
The two are spending less time in the public eye since Don Juan Carlos’ abdication, often seen dining our or with friends.
But they’ve made a number of official appearances in recent days.
King Juan Carlos traveled to Uruguay this week for the inauguration of President Tabaré Vázquez.
King Felipe, as Prince of Asturias, used to be the official representative of the Spanish Royal Family at Latin American inaugurations.
The task has fallen on King Juan Carlos, whose connections in Latin America run deep.
This week he also met with outgoing Uruguay President Pepe Mujica, known for living in a humble home outside the capital.
King Juan Carlos moves on to several events in Washington, D.C.
Separately, this evening Queen Sofia handed out awards in her name for painting and sculpture.
Queen Sofia has also recently attended a number of charitable events.