King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia Mourn Romanian King

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia were in Romania in recent days to mourn King Michael, who received a state funeral despite not dying as a reigning monarch.

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King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia with other members of European royalty.

King Michael ruled during two different periods of Romanian history before being forced to abdicate. He died earlier this month in Switzerland.

Both King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia shared family and friendship ties with King Michael.

 

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Flurry Of Events, Trips Before Holidays

Spain’s royal are continuing their intense agenda ahead of the Christmas holidays.

In recent days King Felipe swore in Julián Sánchez Melgar as new state prosecutor.

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Sánchez Melgar taking the oath at Zarzuela Palace © Casa de S.M. el Rey

Queen Letizia left on a trip to Senegal, where she will see Spanish foreign aid at work.

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Queen Letizia with Senegal First Lady Marième Faye. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

King Juan Carlos, who has been on the agenda more than usual in recent weeks, attended the opening of an exhibit on Spanish flight history.

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© Fundación ENAIRE

Queen Sofia accepted a human rights award to the Queen Sofia Foundation at the University of Seville.

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© Casa de S.M. el Rey

Several other events are already on the schedule, include a visit by King Felipe to the Canary Islands.

King Honors Political Giant

King Felipe today honored former Congress of Deputies Presiddent Manuel Marín González, who died at 68.

Don Felipe met with family members and parliamentarians at the Congress Palace in Madrid.

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© Casa de S.M. el Rey

Marín González was Congress president from 2004 to 2008 under the Socialist Party. He was also a diplomat and helped Spain become a member of the European Union.

Heavy Agenda For King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia have been in the public eye several times in recent weeks, sometimes together.

Their Majesties have kept a lower profile since handing the reins to King Felipe and Queen Letizia, but stay close to favorite projects.

The elder King and Queen were together late last month for an awards ceremony at the Royal Academy of Sciences.

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© Casa de S.M. el Rey

Don Juan Carlos was present by himself also recently for handing out the 11th Fondena Prize for nature protection.

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© Casa de S.M. el Rey

Queen Sofia was by herself early last month at the Royal Palace in Madrid to hand out a prize in her name for Ibero-American poetry.

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© Casa de S.M. el Rey

Both King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia were at the headquarters of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts to celebrate the Royal Theater.

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© Casa de S.M. el Rey

Today Queen Sofia attended a meeting of the leadership of the Íñigo Álvarez de Toledo renal foundation.