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King Felipe participated this weekend in a mass demonstration in Barcelona against terrorism.

The event, also attended by national and regional leaders, follows an attack in that city earlier this month.

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Rescue workers and officials welcomed the King. Some anti-monarchy activists and pacifists, upset about Spain’s export of military weapons, protested his arrival.

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The King has made it a point to visit Barcelona several times since the attack. His presence as a symbol of unity is particularly important amid pro-independence rumblings in the Autonomous Community of Catalonia.

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia were back in Barcelona today in response to this week’s terror attacks.

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The King and Queen visited the injured in at least two Barcelona area hospitals.

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They also signed a condolence book at Barcelona City Hall and left flowers at the scene of the incident.

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Soon after the incident, the Royal Household sent out a tweet calling the attackers murderers and saying all of Spain was with Barcelona.

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King Felipe traveled to Barcelona today to participate in a moment of silence for the victims of terrorism in Spain this week.

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The King walks with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. © Presidencia del Gobierno

The King and other Spanish and Catalan dignitaries left their summer vacations to attend to the crisis.

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The King with other Catalan and Spanish leaders. © Agencia EFE

Terrorism is nothing new in Spain and members of the Royal Family. The country has dealt with Basque separatists in the past and the 2004 Madrid train bombings.

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Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was late for his meeting with King Felipe at Marivent Palace in Mallorca today.

Media outlets reported that Rajoy was suffering from lumbar pain, but eventually made it.

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Members of the Spanish Royal Family are staying at Marivent during at least part of their summer break.

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Members of the Spanish Royal Family returned to their traditional vacation spot of Palma de Mallorca late last month.

It’s somewhat of a working vacation because the King and Queen, and other relatives, must follow through with certain traditions.

King Felipe, for example, presided over the King’s Cup over the weekend, much like his father did before him.

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The King, Queen Letizia and Queen Sofia held their annual reception for authorities and leaders of the Balearic Islands.

Queen Letizia wowed with her dress, which harkens back to fabric that Spanish traders brought from Asia centuries ago.

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Late last month, upon arriving in Mallorca, the King met with several officials, including the head of the Balearic Parliament.

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The Royals hold their public meetings at Almudaina Palace, an old Arab fort that became a Spanish royal residence.

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Almudaina Palace

However, they have long stayed at Marivent Palace, which belongs to local authorities but is set aside for the family’s use.

Queen Sofia, who spends the most time in Mallorca, often with get grandchildren, is devoted to the place.

It’s unclear how King Felipe and Queen Letizia see Marivent and Mallorca, but continue the tradition, including an annual photo shoot and press meet-and-greet.

Several royals went out to dinner out on the town. King Juan Carlos, however, was spotted in Ireland and is unlikely to stop in Mallorca.

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