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Queen Letizia addressed the recent terrorist attacks in Paris during a speech in Madrid today.

“Mother Teresa used to say that peace began with a smile,” said the Queen.

“It’s difficult to smile today but we will do it. It’s the first step for everything.”

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© Casa de S.M. el Rey

Earlier this weekend King Felipe and Queen Letizia signed a condolence book at the French Embassy in Madrid.

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia also stopped to pay their respects.

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It’s the second time in recent days that King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia are seen together.

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King Felipe today made his most direct comments against independence efforts in the Autonomous Community of Catalonia.

“Today I want to transmit a message of serenity and confidence,” said His Majesty during an event in Madrid.

© Casa de S.M. el Rey

© Casa de S.M. el Rey

In recent days King Felipe had cleared parts of his schedule to deal with developments in the divided Catalan Parliament. He had said, “These are difficult days.”

King Felipe and Queen Letzia at the Royal Site of San Lorenzo Del Escorial, the royal pantheon, for the funeral of Infante Don Carlos de Borbón-Dos Sicilias. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

King Felipe and Queen Letzia at the Royal Site of San Lorenzo Del Escorial, the royal pantheon, for the funeral of Infante Don Carlos de Borbón-Dos Sicilias. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

Today Don Felipe added, “The Constitution will prevail. Let nobody doubt that. Our Constitutional order and the Constitutional principles that dictate our coexistence will remain fully in place.”

Queen Letizia at a flag ceremony. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

Queen Letizia at a flag ceremony. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

The King said, “The Constitutional Spain of our days belongs to all of us, to the Spanish public. On them our national sovereignty rests.”

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King Felipe cleared parts of his schedule this week to deal with the Catalan Parliament’s pro-independence resolution, local media outlets reported.

Catalan leaders approved the resolution in recent days but have yet to form a government. Pro-independence parliamentarians are not on the same page when it comes to economic and other policies.

The King has met with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on the secessionist defiance, as its being called. Rajoy is turning to the constitutional court to invalidate the resolution.

Photo from June 2014. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

The King with Rajoy, Photo from June 2014. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

The Catalan Parliament decided to move ahead with the non-binding pro-independence resolution despite not getting a majority of votes during the recent elections.

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King Felipe pressed world leaders in recent weeks to help address the global problem of violent extremism.

Don Felipe helped open a conference in Madrid on the subject organized by groups like the Club of Madrid and the U.S. State Department.

© Casa de S.M. el Rey

© Casa de S.M. el Rey

Don Felipe said, “Political action and the use of military means, while necessary, are not sufficient to prevent and confront the number of conflicts rooted in the terrorist phenomena.”

He went on, “That’s why there’s a need to analyze and put into practice a strategy that incorporates non-traditional security measures, concrete foreign policy actions and fundamental actors, like young people, women and local communities.”

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