Royals Work During Mallorca Vacations

Members of the Spanish Royal Family made the rounds in Mallorca earlier this month for their traditional summer vacations.

King Felipe met with Balearic Islands officials at Almudaina Palace in the city of Palma and also met with civil society during a reception at Marivent Palace.

Marivent has been the Royal Family’s private quarters while in Mallorca but King Felipe and Queen Letizia have worked to open the grounds to the public under pressure from local officials.

King Felipe, Queen Letizia and Queen Sofia. Spanish Royal Household

Queen Sofia is fond of Marivent Palace and usually arrives in Mallorca before other royals and stays the longest.

Their Majesties earlier this month also made a public walk-through the Mallorca community of Valldemossa with Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia.

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Official business

King Felipe usually continues to conduct official business during the family’s stay in Mallorca. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez met with His Majesty last week.

The king with the prime minister at Almudaina Palace. Spanish Royal Household

King Felipe also held a swearing-in ceremony for Spain’s new attorney general, Álvaro García Ortiz.

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Almudaina Palace is the Royal Family’s official residence in Mallorca, across from the cathedral, but they don’t sleep in the centuries-old citadel.

Princess Leonor, Infanta Sofia Play Increasingly Public Role

Princess Leonor, heir to the Spanish throne, and her sister, Infanta Sofia, have taken an increasingly public role as they prepare to be active members of the Spanish Royal Family.

The Princess of Asturias, 16, and the infanta, 15, have been making more official appearances with their parents — King Felipe and Queen Letizia. But they have also been spending more time in public alone.

The sisters, for example, attended a women’s soccer tournament in Denmark last month.

Infanta Sofia and Princess Leonor. Spanish Royal Household

Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia were with their parents in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela to make an offering to St. James the Great.

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King Felipe went through a similar process during his time as Prince of Asturias in preparation for his public duties.

Queen Tests Positive For COVID-19

Queen Letizia tested positive for COVID-19 and has suspended her public agenda, Spanish media outlets reported yesterday.

The Queen, who is said to have minor symptoms, last attended the Princess of Girona Foundation awards Monday. She was also active during the NATO summit in Madrid.

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Kind Felipe was diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier this year. Queen Sofia has also had the disease.

Princess Leonor, Infanta Sofia Make Key Visit To Catalan Region

Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia visited the Catalan region of Girona this weekend ahead of the Princess of Girona Foundation awards yesterday.

Princess Leonor, as heir to the Spanish throne, is princess of Asturias and also Girona. Her sister, Infanta Sofia, joined her for a tour of the Dali Museum and to meet area residents.

The visit was notable because it was part of preparing the princess and the infanta for solo events. Also, Girona is known for being skeptical of the monarchy.

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia joined their daughter for other events associated with the awards, including meetings at the Albeniz Palace in Barcelona. The awards ceremony itself was also in Barcelona.

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The prince or princess of Girona was the title held by the heir to the Aragonese throne. The prince or princess of Asturias title belonged to the heir to the Castillian throne. The two kingdoms fused hundreds of years ago. That’s why Princess Leonor holds both titles, among others.

Biden, NATO Leaders Get Royal Welcome

King Felipe and Queen Letizia mobilized to welcome U.S. President Biden and other NATO members for this week’s summit in Madrid.

Their Majesties greeted delegation heads at the Madrid Royal Palace Throne Room and then offered a dinner.

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The King and Queen were particularly focused on President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden.

There was widespread concern in Spain when the U.S. president failed to call or meet with the king or prime minister for weeks after his inauguration last year.

And during the Obama administration, the president delayed and then had to cut short an official visit to Madrid.

Former President Trump invited King Felipe and Queen Letizia for a state dinner at the White House but then the pandemic hit.

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This week King Felipe welcomed President Biden at the airport and then held a brief meeting at the Royal Palace.

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Queen Letizia hosted First Lady Jill Biden ahead of the summit and they toured several spots, including a center for Ukranian refugees.

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Queen Letizia today led a tour of spouses to the Royal Palace of La Granja de San Idelfonso in the Segovia area and the Royal Glassware Factory. They went on high-speed train.

The group also went to the Reina Sofia Museum to see Picasso’s Guernica.

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King Felipe has hosted several meetings at Zarzuela Palace with leaders attending the summit.

Queen Sofia Tests Positive For COVID-19

Queen Sofia tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from a trip to Florida, according to Spanish media outlets.

Her Majesty, King Felipe’s mother, was said to be present when her husband, King Felipe, visited Zarzuela Palace yesterday, but she was masked and kept a distance.

Queen Sofia during an event in Toledo this month. Spanish Royal Household

Queen Sofia returned to Spain to see her husband after a trip to Miami tied to the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute.

Queen Sofia in Miami. Queen Sofia Spanish Institute.

King Felipe also tested positive for COVID-19 this year. King Juan Carlos is said to have gotten the disease last year while in the United Arab Emirates, according to El Mundo.

King Juan Carlos Arrives In Spain

King Felipe will receive his father, King Juan Carlos, at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid Monday.

King Juan Carlos returned to Spain for a brief visit from his exile in the United Arab Emirates. The trip has caused controversy and concern at the highest levels.

The former monarch left Spain amid domestic and international probes into his financial dealings. But with some investigations dropped and Don Juan Carlos’ efforts to make good with tax authorities, he decided it was time to visit Spain.

Coverage of King Juan Carlos’ visit by El Mundo newspaper.

The Spanish government agreed with King Juan Carlos visiting King Felipe at Zarzuela Palace but would not allow the former head-of-state to sleep there.

King Juan Carlos has been spending his time with friends and family along the Galician coast.

The Royal Household has stressed the trip is private in nature, but left-leaning politicians have questioned how well the king was received by influential personalities in politics and business.

King Flies To UAE, Discusses Meeting With Father

King Felipe, along with other world leaders, flew to the United Arab Emirates over the weekend after the death of President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

King Felipe’s visit was also notable because his father, King Juan Carlos, moved to the UAE after a rash of corruption allegations.

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Media outlets reported that King Felipe spoke by telephone with his father and the two agreed to meet in the near future.

Speculation has surrounded King Juan Carlos’ return to Spain as the former head-of-state faces no charges and has worked to make good with tax authorities.

Don Juan Carlos cannot stay at the Zarzuela Palace complex where he used to live and where his wife, Queen Sofia, still lives.

King Travels To Costa Rica, Portugal

King Felipe made a quick visit to Costa Rica earlier this month to attend the inauguration of President Rodrigo Chaves Robles.

The King met with the incoming and outgoing presidents and hosted a reception with Spaniards living and working in Costa Rica.

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King Felipe was also in Portugal for a meeting of the COTEC Foundation for innovation with Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and Italian president Sergio Mattarella.

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His Majesty held a meeting with Argentine President Alberto Fernández at Zarzuela Palace last week during his European tour.

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On Tuesday, King Felipe and Queen Letizia will welcome the emir of Qatar for a state visit.