Royal Vacations Underway With Unexpected Moments

The Royal Family’s annual summer vacations are underway, including with King Juan Carlos, who has been scarce in recent years.

King Felipe, Queen Letizia and Queen Sofia hosted a reception for leaders and activists at Almudaina Palace in Palma de Mallorca this weekend.

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia sometimes take private vacation trips, but have also continued the tradition of setting up at Marivent Palace in Palma, a favorite of Queen Sofia. They use Almudaina nearby for public gatherings.

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The King also kept with tradition by making an appearance at the King’s Cup regatta.

King Juan Carlos used to attend the event but has long soured on vacationing in the Balearic Islands.


Despite Don Juan Carlos not being as keen on Mallorca, he dined with Queen Sofia and other family members there earlier this month, according to gossip outlets.

Pictures show Infanta Elena, King Felipe’s sister, and numerous of Queen Sofia’s grandchildren, some of who have been taking sailing lessons.

Infanta Cristina, who has embroiled in a corruption investigation tied to her husband’s business dealings, has long been absent from such events, but sends her kids.

The magazine Hola! also published pictures of Queen Sofia and King Juan Carlos boating together. The two are said to live separate lives.

Members of the Royal Family and other relatives celebrated Infanta Pilar’s 80th birthday late last month in her son’s Mallorca home. She’s King Juan Carlos’ sister.


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