King Juan Carlos Has Heart Surgery

King Juan Carlos had planned open heart surgery last weekend and since then members of the Spanish Royal Family have been making their way to the hospital.

Among the visitors have been King Felipe, Queen Letizia, Queen Sofia and other relatives.

One video showed Queen Sofia coming out with her sister, Princes Irene of Greece, and intimate friend, Princess Tatiana Radziwill.

King Juan Carlos’ granddaughters, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia, are said to have given their grandfather a special and intimate gift.

Infanta Elena, King Felipe’s elder sister and her son, also named Felipe, were at the Quirón Hospital in Madrid in recent days.

Don Juan Carlos is said to be recovering well from the triple bypass. He has undergone numerous surgeries over the years, mainly for his hip.


UPDATED: King Meets Prime Minister, Mallorca Leaders

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez met with King Felipe at Marivent Palace in Mallorca today.

The premier has regular meetings with the King, including during the Royal Family’s public vacation in the Mediterranean island.

Spanish Royal Household

The King and prime minister likely discussed the ongoing political impasse keeping Spain’s main parties from forming a government.

Separately, King Felipe, Queen Letizia and Queen Sofia also held a reception for Balearic Islands officials at Almudaina Palace.

Spanish Royal Household

Other than the meeting and reception, members of the Spanish Royal Family generally don’t hold public events during August.

King Hopes To Avoid New Elections As Royals Vacation In Mallorca

King Felipe told media outlets he hopes political parties can form a government and the country can avoid new elections.

His Majesty made the comments to media outlets following his public vacation in the Balearic Island of Mallorca.

Over the weekend, the King presided over the awards ceremony of the King’s Cup regatta.

Spanish Royal Household

The King also met with local officials, including Balearic Islands President Francina Armengol.

Spanish Royal Household

Members of the Spanish Royal Family stay at the Marivent Palace in Mallorca but hold public audiences at the Almudaina Palace.

King Mourns Tunisian President

King Felipe traveled to Tunisia briefly late last month to mourn the death of President Beji Caid Essebsi.

King Felipe with French President Emmanuel Macron and Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. Spanish Royal Household

His Majesty met with local leaders and heads of state from around the region for the ceremonies.


Spain works to keep close ties with North African countries near its territory, including Tunisia and Morocco.