King, Queen Celebrate One Year On Throne, Plan U.S. Visit

King Felipe and Queen Letizia last week celebrated one year on the Spanish throne with low-key public events and sky high approval ratings.

© Casa de S.M. el Rey
© Casa de S.M. el Rey

Their Majesties had lunch at the Royal Palace along with King Juan Carlos and Queen Felipe and top government representatives.

Don Juan Carlos abdicated last year, at least in part, to help restore public support to the Crown amid a tough economy and other controversies.

New polls show his son, King Felipe, with more than 80 percent support among Spaniards. Queen Letizia is also held in high esteem with more than 70 percent approval.

While granting Order of Civil Merit Awards to people who have served the State, King Felipe reiterated the Crown’s commitment to the country.

Don Felipe said it has a been a year “that has opened a new era in the parliamentary monarchy” meeting the demands of the 21st Century.

© Casa de S.M. el Rey
© Casa de S.M. el Rey

U.S. Visit

King Felipe and Queen Letizia are scheduled to make a U.S. trip in September to highlight relations and Spain’s importance in American history.

Their Majesties are also expected to visit President Obama at the White House in Washington, D.C. And the King is set to speak at Georgetown University, where he studied international relations.

© Casa de S.M. el Rey
King, Queen meeting with Spanish Grandees (high nobles). © Casa de S.M. el Rey

King Juan Carlos visited President Obama in the White House several years ago. First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Royals in Spain also in recent years.

King Felipe coincided with President Obama during an overseas trip, but the president has not accepted Spanish invitations to a state visit in Madrid.


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