King Leads Council Of Ministers

King Felipe lead a meeting of the government’s Council of Minister’s today.

Such a gathering is a chance for leaders of different agencies to update His Majesty on events.

Spanish Royal Household

The media focused on the government’s several republican ministers meeting with the King at Zarzuela Palace.

The group then headed to Moncloa Palace, the seat of the Spanish government, for the weekly closed door session.


Royals Release New Officials Portraits

The Spanish Royal Household this month released new official portraits of King Felipe, Queen Letizia and their daughters.

Spanish Royal Household

In the more formal portrait, the King and Queen appear at the Royal Palace in Madrid.

The Queen is wearing the Carolina Herrera dress she wore to the Japanese emperor’s enthronement ceremony. She’s also wearing the 1906 Ansorena fleur-de-lys tiara.

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The less formal picture includes Princess Leonor, the heir to the throne, and Infanta Sofia.

Trump To Host King, Queen For State Visit

President Trump will host King Felipe and Queen Letizia for a state visit to the United States in April, the White House confirmed.

Their Majesties visited the White House and other U.S. officials for a working visit in 2018.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia with President Trump and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump. Spanish Royal Household

The last Spanish state visit to the U.S. was during the George W. Bush administration. King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia visited in 2000.

The Spanish government and royals were eager for a state visit with President Obama.

But even though King Juan Carlos was the first head of state to visit Obama at the White House, a state visit never happened.

President Obama visited Madrid briefly during the end of his tenure. Then-First Lady Michelle Obama visited the royals at Marivent Palace in Mallorca.

King Opens Parliament, Calls For Unity

King Felipe opened the Spanish Cortes today with a ceremony and speech at the Congress of Deputies.

The King said Spain cannot survive with factions warring against each other. He said everyone had to support everyone else.

King Felipe addressing the Congress of Deputies. To his left at Queen Letizia, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia. Spanish Royal Household

Senior members of left-wing party Podemos applauded the King, but others stayed silent, as is their custom. Podemos is now in a coalition government with the Socialists.

Other republican parties boycotted the speech and the King’s call for unity amid Catalan separatism.

World’s Royals Attend Duchess’ Funeral

Royals from around the world were in Spain last week to mourn the death of Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz.

The infanta, sister of King Juan Carlos and aunt of King Felipe, died earlier this month.

The basilica at the Royal Site of San Lorenzo del Escorial. Spanish Royal Household.
King Felipe and Queen Letizia arriving. Spanish Royal Household
King Felipe and Queen Letizia greeting King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia. Spanish Royal Household

King Felipe, Queen Letizia, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia attended the ceremony at El Escorial Basilica in Madrid. Royals like Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands were also there.

The infanta could have been buried at the Royal Pantheon at El Escorial monastery and palace, but she chose to lay by her husband at Saint Isidore Cemetery.

Queen Sofia Hosts Concert For Holocaust Survivors

Queen Sofia hosted a classical music concert at the Royal Palace in Madrid last week for survivors of the Holocaust.

The ceremony was at the Hall of Columns, which is usually reserved for highly important occasions.

Queen Sofia posing with three Holocaust survivors, Jewish leaders and her sister, Princes Irene, who is third from the left. Spanish Royal Household

The concert coincided with two trips abroad by King Felipe and Queen Letizia also honor Holocaust victims and survivors.