Princess Leonor To Host First Solo Event

Princess Leonor will hold her first solo event as heir to the Spanish throne, according to media outlets.

The Princess of Asturias will attend ceremonies for the 30th anniversary of the Cervantes Institute. No other member of the Royal Family will be there.

The first solo event is a rite of passage for the princess, 15, in preparation for official duties, particularly once she completes her studies.

Royals Welcome Portuguese, Estonian Leaders

King Felipe and Queen Letizia welcomed Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa during a visit to Madrid last week.

Don Felipe held a reception with the president and other members of the Portuguese delegation at the Madrid Royal Palace. The ceremonies were not at the level of a state visit, but Spain and Portugal are generous when welcoming each other’s leaders, even for brief stops.

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia also welcomed de Sousa for a private dinner at their unofficial residence at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid’s outskirts.

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Earlier this month King Felipe had a work meeting with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid at Zarzuela Palace.

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King Felipe also met in recent days with Ibero-American Secretary General Rebeca Grynspan.

Royals Honor Terror Victims

King Felipe and Queen Letizia led events in Madrid last week to honor victims of terrorism in Spain and around the world.

Their Majesties and top government officials gathered in the gardens of the Madrid Royal Palace for an official commemoration.

King Felipe during his remarks. Spanish Royal Household

King Felipe and Queen Letizia also attended a concert to honor victims art the National Music Auditorium.

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Spain has a long history with terrorism. Before the 2017 Barcelona attack and 2004 train bombings, Basque separatists killed numerous people in acts of terror.

King Felipe Marks Coup Attempt

King Felipe last week marked the 40th anniversary of the failed coup that almost derailed Spain’s nascent Democracy in 1981.

His Majesty presided over a small ceremony at the Congress of Deputies with Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and other top officials.

King Felipe on the floor of the Spanish Congress with other top officials. Gunshot damage is still visible in the ceiling from the coup attempt. Spanish Royal Household

King Felipe recalled his father, King Juan Carlos, being instrumental in putting down the coup. He called military leaders and, after delays, was able to make a televised address to call for respecting the new constitution.

The coup involved a Civil Guard officer, Antono Tejero, storming the Congress with a small crew and holding lawmakers hostage. Plotters also took over state television and were poised to begin taking over the country.

King Felipe was a child when the events happened. King Juan Carlos made sure he was present during some of the toughest moments so the then-heir would learn from the developments.

King Juan Carlos Pays Millions In Back Taxes

King Juan Carlos has paid more than 4 million euros in back taxes, according to his attorney, Spanish media outlets reported last week.

Don Juan Carlos has been working to regularize his status with tax authorities, particularly concerning transactions dating from 2014, when he abdicated the throne and lost his immunity.

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia at the Spanish Congress in 2018. Spanish Royal Household

The tax payments stem from free flights and other services King Juan Carlos enjoyed at the expense of his cousin, businessman Álvaro of Orleans.