King Calls For Unity In Galicia Visit

King Felipe called for “unity and fraternity” during a visit to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia today.

Their Majesties visited the city for the Feast of St. James and made an offering to the country’s patron saint.

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Members of the Spanish Royal Family generally visit Santiago during the Feast of St. James. The King and Queen are also on a tour of the country following the pandemic lockdown.

King, Queen Visit Catalonia

King Felipe and Queen Letizia visited Catalonia last week on their ongoing countrywide tour.

A trip to Catalonia — in this case to a monastery in Tarragona — is notable because of the years-long political instability there. The region has also seen a spike in COVID-19 cases.

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Pro-independence protesters were near the site but police kept them away from the King and Queen.

Royals Hold Palace Ceremony For Victims

The Spanish Royal Family held a ceremony at the Madrid Royal Palace grounds to honor victims of the coronavirus pandemic.

Attending last week in the shadow of Almudena Cathedral were King Felipe, Queen Letizia, Princess Letizia and Infanta Sofia.

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The ceremony of state was one of several from Spain’s royals to honor the pandemic’s victims.

Royals Lead Service For Victims

King Felipe and Queen Letizia helped lead a service for victims of COVID-19 at Almudena Cathedral in Madrid last week.

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia. Their daughters, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia are behind them. Spanish Royal Household

Almudena Cathedral is across from the Madrid Royal Palace, the King and Queen’s official residence. Spain was among the countries hardest hit by the disease but has been reopening after seeing cases fall dramatically.

King, Queen Launch Whirlwind Nationwide Tour

King Felipe and Queen Letizia have been crisscrossing Spain for the past several week during a delicate time for the country and the Royal Family.

Their Majesties worked to be active during the pandemic lockdown and have been visible during the reopening, including visiting several museums and cultural attractions.

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia at the Prado Museum in Madrid to launch the Spain for Sure tourism campaign in June. Spanish Royal Household

They have also visited beaches and walked through numerous communities. Their visits have been informal and meant to connect them with regular people.

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The King and Queen in the Canary Islands. Spanish Royal Household

Spaniards, fed up with corruption, the Catalan crisis, recession and scandal, have taken out their frustrations on the governing class — including the Monarchy. Despite the Royal Family’s efforts, many people see them as not having done enough to fight COVID-19.

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The King and Queen in Aragon. Spanish Royal Household

Then there’s King Juan Carlos, who is embroiled in a financial scandal related to $100 million gift from the Saudis, some of which may have ended up in the hands of a former lover.

King Felipe has disconnected himself from his father financially and discussions are ongoing about the elder monarch’s status within the Royal Family.

 

King Reopens Border With Portugal

King Felipe and Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa last week celebrated the reopening of land border crossings between the two nations.

His Majesty and Rebelo de Sousa traveled to the community of Elvas along the border, near the Spanish city of Badajoz.

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Border crossings have been closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Europe, which has managed to significantly reduce its cases, is hoping to benefit economically from the summer travel season.

Princess Leads Virtual Awards Ceremony

Leonor, the Princess of Asturias and Girona, among other titles as heir to the Spanish throne, lamented last month that the Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony had to be held online because of the pandemic.

Joining Princess Leonor were King Felipe and Queen Letizia, and Infanta Sofia, the princess’ younger sister.

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The Princess of Girona awards are a key part of the Spanish royal calendar, particularly for the community of Catalonia.

The Prince or Princess of Girona is traditionally the heir to the Crown of Aragon, one of the kingdom’s that make up modern Spain.

The Prince or Princess of Asturias title belongs to the heir of the Crown of Castile, which has long been the dominant Spanish kingdom.

The Princess of Asturias Awards are more high profile and of international significance, and handed out every year duding an elaborate ceremony in Oviedo, Asturias.