King Felipe this week mourned Spanish State Prosecutor José Manuel Maza, who died suddenly while on a trip to Argentina.
Maza’s death comes as he was presiding over prosecutions of Catalan separatist leaders. The Spanish government promised to replace him quickly.
King Felipe, along with other Spanish leaders, is lobbying for Barcelona to become home to the European Union’s prescription drug office, media outlets are reporting.
European leaders are skeptical of Barcelona’s candidacy amid the separatist crisis in Catalonia.
It’s unlikely that the King’s efforts for Barcelona and the wider Catalan region will sway republicans and separatists who resent his vocal defense of constitutional order.
King Felipe today received Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for an official visit.
The King met with Abbas at Zarzuela Palace and then hosted a lunch for the Palestinian delegation at the Royal Palace in downtown Madrid.
Israel has not taken too kindly with European efforts to recognize Palestinian statehood. But the King recently welcomed Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and with significantly more pomp.
While the King greeted Abbas at Zarzuela and then hosted a lunch at the Madrid Royal Palace’s Hall of Columns, Rivlin got a larger welcoming and a grander gathering in the formal dining room.
Queen Letizia is on a brief work trip to Mexico this week without King Felipe.
Her Majesty visited the Mexican Red Cross headquarters in Mexico City yesterday and heard about recovery efforts following the recent earthquake there.
Today the Queen was set to attend a meeting of the Union for International Cancer Control.
King Felipe and Queen Letizia welcomed Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and his wife for a state visit this week.
The associated ceremonies were filled with particular pomp and came amid ongoing tensions in the Spanish Autonomous Community of Catalonia.
The visit showed the King wanting to strengthen ties with the State of Israel and highlighting Spain’s efforts to atone for expelling Jews in 1492.
The ceremonies also showed the King wanting to continue returning to a normal agenda.
President Rivlin highlighted Spain’s strength and unity during remarks, a nod to the tensions.
Polls show King Felipe with ratings above 70 percent, but Catalan nationalists are upset he took a hard line against the separatists.
Media outlets reported that some recipients of an award backed by the Crown declined the honor.