King Felipe and Queen Letizia returned from their brief Easter vacation to hand out on of Spain’s most notable awards.
Their Majesties gave Uruguay writer Ida Vitale this year’s Cervantes Prize for Spanish language literature.
The award ceremony occurs at the University of Alcalá, the community where Miguel de Cervantes was born.
Festivities also include a lunch at the Royal Palace in Madrid, presided by the King and attended by top officials.
The University of Alcalá was founded in 1293 and re-established in the late 1970’s.
Members of the Spanish Royal Family kept with tradition by attending Easter services at the Palma de Mallorca Cathedral.
King Felipe, Queen Letizia, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia were there, along with Queen Sofia.
Queen Sofia, always faithful to Mallorca, was already on the island ahead of Easter.
Queen Letizia and King Felipe, and their daughters, had a private vacation in Rome, news outlets reported.
The Spanish Royal Household is expressing solidarity with the people of France following the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral yesterday evening.
In a tweet, the Royal Household expressed confidence in rebuilding the historic structure.
The Royal Household has increasingly used Twitter to communicate with the public beyond posting pictures and official events.
King Felipe and Queen Letizia spent several days in Argentina last month for a state visit.
They met with President Mauricio Macri and First Lady Juliana Awada, among other dignitaries, Spaniards living abroad, members of the Jewish community and business leaders.
The King and Queen made stops in Buenos Aires and Córdoba. Photos ae courtesy of the Spanish Royal Household.
A mosque based in Seville is asking King Felipe to apologize to Spain’s Muslim community for abuses suffered during the Reconquest.
The letter to His Majesty from leaders of the Ishbilia Mosque follows a missive from Mexico’s new left-wing president last month asking Spain to apologize for the conquest of the Americas.
Muslims ruled large swaths of Spain during the Middle Ages. Christian kingdoms recovered land over the centuries, culminating in the taking of Granada in the late 1400s.
The Ishbilia Mosque letter says King Felipe should apologize to Spain’s Islamic community just like the country did with Jews expelled during the same time period.