King Felipe Calls For Sacrifice

King Felipe today, in remarks during the first semi-open royal event since the pandemic hit Spain, called on citizens to use their intelligence and sacrifice for recovery.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia gathered with other socially-distanced and masked officials at the Cotec Foundation’s annual report release in Madrid. The group focuses on innovation. Most people had to watch online.

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The King and Queen have been active during the pandemic but they’ve been focused on meeting with officials and visiting first responders.

Spanish Princesses Thank COVID-19 Workers

Spain’s Princess Leonor, the heir to the throne, and Infanta Sofia took to social media last month to thank medical workers and other professionals on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

The princesses recorded a video posted on YouTube and on Twitter, part of the Royal Household’s effort to be visible and active during the ongoing lockdown.

Leonor, the Princess of Asturias, and her sister also recorded themselves reading a section of Spanish literary masterpiece Don Quixote. Several personalities participated to mark World Book Day.

Spanish Princess Dies Of COVID-19

Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Parma, a distant relative of King Felipe, died of COVID-19 in late March. She was the world’s first royal to die of the disease.

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Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Parma during the 1960s. Wikipedia

Princess Maria Teresa, who died in Paris, was a professor, feminist and political activist. Known as the “red princess,” Doña Maria Teresa was a Carlist, a descendent of an alternative pretender for the Spanish throne.

King, Queen Speak With President, First Lady

King Felipe and Queen Letizia today spoke with U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, according to a tweet from the Royal Household.

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia in the King’s office at Zarzuela Palace. Spanish Royal Household

Their Majesties were scheduled to visit the U.S. in April but postponed the trip because of the pandemic.

A brief readout of the call said the leaders spoke about the bonds between Spain and the U.S., and ongoing cooperation.

UPDATED: Royals Scramble To Respond To Pandemic

King Felipe and Queen Letizia have worked to remain active in recent weeks as Spain becomes one of the global hotspots for the coronavirus pandemic.

The King, according to media outlets, helped secure medical equipment from contacts in China, including billionaire Jack Ma and Huawei.

Their Majesties have also hosted numerous telephone and video meetings with officials, community leaders and first responders.

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia speaking with leaders of Spanish car company SEAT about the production of essential health equipment. Spanish Royal Household

The King has also held some in-person meetings at Zarzuela Palace with key officials.

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King Felope meeting with Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska. Spanish Royal Household

The King left home last week to visit an emergency military hospital. He wore a face mask for most of the trip.

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The Royal Guard, meanwhile, has been deployed to provide community assistance.

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The Royal Household’s social media feeds have been busier than usual with information related to the coronavirus.

 

King Felipe Addresses Nation Amid Crisis

King Felipe made a brief televised address this evening on the coronavirus outbreak, which continues growing in Spain.

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Spanish Royal Household

The King thanked health workers and other first responders, and urged people to be united in fighting the disease.

The King spoke after meeting with the prime minister and other top officials dealing with the crisis.

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The King delivered his message from Zarzuela Palace standing up and from a podium, not common for a royal address.