King Travels To Panama

King Felipe traveled to Panama at the end of June to attend the new president’s inauguration and celebrate Panama City’s 500th anniversary.

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Spanish Royal Household

Panamanian officials unveiled a monument in Old Panama City in honor of His Majesty’s visit.

The King met with the country’s outgoing leader, Juan Carlos Varela, and the new president, Laurentino Cortizo.

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As prince, King Felipe used to visit Latin America often, a role that then fell on his father. But King Juan Carlos recently announced his retirement from public life.

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King Makes His Presence Felt In Catalonia

King Felipe held a series of audiences at Albéniz Palace in Barcelona late last month in an effort to make his presence felt in Catalonia.

His Majesty met with attorneys from the Catalan city of Tarragona, which is down the Mediterranean coast from Barcelona.

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The King met with leaders of the non-profit Barcelona Global, which works to promote the city internationally.

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A third meeting was with Josep Sánchez Llibre, head of the Foment del Treball Nacional, a union of Catalan employers.

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The Spanish Royal Household is looking to rebut claims from Catalan nationalists and pro-independence politicians that King Felipe doesn’t have much support in the region.

Albéniz Palace is owned by the Barcelona government but is considered the Royal Family’s official residence there.

His Majesty also attended an awards ceremony focused on logistics during his visit.

Queen Letizia Gets Warm Embrace

Queen Letizia received a surprise embrace during an audience at Zarzuela Palace earlier this month.

A man in a wheelchair greeted her with a hug that threw her a bit off balance, but she returned his embrace.

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Royal protocol generally frowns upon embracing a monarch, but Spaniards tend to be less strict about such customs, especially with members of the general public.

Princess Leonor To Visit Catalonia

Princes Leonor will visit Catalonia later this year, her first official visit to the region as heir to the Crown.

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Her Royal Highness, media outlets reported, will be present for the Princess of Girona Awards ceremony.

As heir to the Spanish throne, she is Princess of Asturias but also of Girona, a city north of Barcelona.