King Felipe Woos Catalonia

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.

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King Felipe and Catalonian President Artur Mas. © Casa de S.M. el Rey
King Felipe with Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. © Casa de S.M. el Rey
King Felipe with Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

Separately this week, King Felipe welcomed Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn at Albéniz also in Barcelona.

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© Casa de S.M. el Rey

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.

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Queen Letizia and King Felipe escort President Santos and his wife from the Madrid Royal Palace Throne Room. © Casa de S.M. el Rey
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Queen Letizia and President Santos. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

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.

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