The Spanish government — currently led by a left-wing coalition — blocked King Felipe from attending an official event in Barelona this week to promote new judges.
Royalist politicians and leaders of Spain’s judicial branch expressed dismay with the decision, but top judges were unable to agree on a joint statement against it.
The government defended the move but did not provide a clear explanation, according to several media outlets.
Speculation centers around security concerns, delicate budget negotiations and efforts to not anger Catalan nationalists.
King Felipe spoke during a meeting of the United Nations this week to celebrate the global body’s 75th anniversary.
His Majesty called for greater global unity and multilateralism in the face of challenges, including the coronavirus pandemic.
The King, who studied foreign affairs at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., spoke from his office at Zarzuela Palace just outside central Madrid.
His message was in contrast to statements from President Trump and other nationalist and populist leaders, who oppose multilateralism.
King Felipe and Queen Letizia opened the Royal Theater’s 2020-2021 season last week, which is moving forward during the pandemic but with added precautions.
Fittingly, the venue — located across from the Royal Palace in Madrid — will be hosting performances of the opera A Masked Ball.
Their Majesties have made it a tradition to attend the opening of the Royal Theater’s season. Officials, nobles and socialites also tend to attend.
Queen Letizia birthday is today. Her Majesty turned 48 today with no public events.
Doña Letizia was in the autonomous community of Navarre yesterday visiting a school to open the 2020-2021 academic year.
Spanish news outlets reported in recent days that Princess Leonor was under quarantine because a classmate tested positive for COVID-19.
Leonor, the princess of Asturias and heir to the Spanish throne, is under quarantine because of a COVID-19 scare.
The Royal Household told media outlets the princess was under quarantine after a classmate turned out positive for the novel coronavirus.
Earlier this year it was thought Queen Letizia may have been exposed to the virus but her test came back negative.
Spain’s Royal Family returned to work this month after several weeks on holiday in August.
The following are images of just some public events by King Felipe and Queen Letizia since the beginning of the month.
King Felipe, Queen Letizia, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia spent some of their vacations at Marivent Palace in Mallorca.