King Felipe and Queen Letizia helped lead a service for victims of COVID-19 at Almudena Cathedral in Madrid last week.
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 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.
They have also visited beaches and walked through numerous communities. Their visits have been informal and meant to connect them with regular people.
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.
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.
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.
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.