King Promotes Unity In Catalonia, Celebrates EU

King Felipe late last month repeated his call for Spanish unity as Catalonians continue to debate their future within the country.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia were in the Catalan community of Girona to hand out the Princess of Girona Foundation awards and to attend a development forum hosted by the foundation.

As heir to the Spanish throne, the King and Queen’s daughter, Leonor, is Princess of Asturias but also of Girona.

The King and Queen arriving at the Girona Congress Hall with Catalan President Artut Mas.  © Casa de S.M. el Rey
The King and Queen arriving at the Girona Congress Hall with Catalan President Artut Mas. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

King Felipe said success would be base “in the unity and common objective of the citizens of Catalonia and all of Spain to build a better society.”

Queen Letizia taking pictures with the crowds. © Casa de S.M. el Rey
Queen Letizia taking pictures with the crowds. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

Also late last month King Felipe and King Juan Carlos gathered at the Royal Palace in Madrid with Spanish and European leaders to commemorate Spain’s entry into the European Union.

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

Spain joined the EU after consolidating the democratization process under King Juan Carlos. That process included returning autonomy to Catalonia.

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