King, Queen Cheered In Barcelona

A crowd in Barcelona cheered King Felipe and Queen Letizia last week for the 175th anniversary of the Circulo del Liceo private club.

The group, housed at Barcelona’s famed Liceo theater, brands itself a “reference for the social and cultural life of Barcelona and Catalonia.”

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia were booed at the same theater in 2013 when they were still heirs to the throne. The reaction foreshadowed growing separatist and republican sentiment in Catalonia fueled by the financial crisis and then-King Juan Carlos’ scandals.

Paraguay visit

Also last week, the King and Queen welcomed the president and first lady of Paraguay for a visit to Spain.

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The visit by President Mario Abdo Benítez and his wife, Silvana López Moreira Bó, included a lunch at the Madrid Royal Palace.

Spotlight Back On Princess Leonor

Princess Leonor, heir to the Spanish throne, returned to the country last week from school in Wales to help lead the Princess of Asturias Awards with other members of the Royal Family.

King Felipe, Queen Letizia, Queen Sofia and Infanta Sofia all attended the main ceremony at the Campoamor Theater in Oviedo on Friday. Events started on Thursday and went into the weekend.

The Princess of Asturias Awards are the Spanish Royal Family’s top international prizes. They’re different from the country’s merit medals and royal orders, like the Order of the Golden Fleece.

Princess Leonor was absent during an awards ceremony this weekend to honor an exemplary town in the Principality of Asturias, one of the early Christian realms that birthed modern Spain. Queen Letizia said both her daughters weren’t feeling well. But Princess Leonor was on hand to greet members of the Cadavéu community.

Winners included:

-Arts: Carmen Linares and María Pagés.

-Social sciences: Eduardo Matos Moctezuma.

-Communications and humanities: Adam Michnik.

-Concord: Shigeru Ban.

-International cooperation: Ellen MacArthur.

-Sports: Refugee Olympic Team.

-Science: Geoffrey Hinton, Yann LeCun, Yoshua Bengio and Demis Hassabis.

-Letters: Juan Mayorga.

IMAGES: The Germany State Visit

King Felipe and Queen Letizia visited Germany for a three day state visit last week, which included multiple stops around the country.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife, Elke Büdenbender, welcomed Their Majesties at the Belleview presidential palace and later held a state dinner.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia also visited Berlin Mayor Franziska Giffey and walked to the iconic Brandenburg Gate.

King Felipe held meetings alone with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde.

Queen Letizia also made several solo visits, including a stop at the Cervantes Institute of Spanish language and culture in Frankfurt.

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The state visit, according to custom, also included meetings with business leaders and Spaniards living and working in Germany.

Royals Celebrate National Day

Members of the Spanish Royal Family presided over the Fiesta de la Hispanidad national day military parade in Madrid Wednesday.

King Felipe, Queen Letizia and Infanta Sofia watched the parade with top government officials, including Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez.

Their Majesties then hosted a reception at the Royal Palace. Princess Leonor was not in attendance today because she’s away at school.

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Spain’s national day coincides with the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ first landing in the Americas. It also coincides with Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S.

Several Latin American countries celebrate the Day of the Race or some variation.

IMAGES: Spanish Royals At Queen Elizabeth’s Funeral

King Felipe, Queen Letizia, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia all attended Queen Elizabeth’s funeral in London this month.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia paid their respects to the late queen while she was laying in state. All four attended a reception for funeral guests and sat together during the funeral services.

The funeral was the first time all four top Spanish royals were seen together in public in years, especially after King Juan Carlos left the country for an exile in the Middle East following investigations of fiscal impropriety.

Spain’s Royals To Attend Queen Elizabeth Funeral

King Felipe and Queen Letizia will lead Spain’s delegation to Queen Elizabeth’s funeral in London, the Spanish Royal Household said.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia with British ambassador to Spain, Hugh Elliott, last week. Their Majesties went to the ambassador’s residence to sign a condolence book for Queen Elizabeth. Spanish Royal Household

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia will also attend the funeral, media outlets reported.

King Felipe, Spanish Royals Mourn Queen Elizabeth II

King Felipe VI of Spain sent King Charles III of the United Kingdom a letter of condolence today after the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Spanish Royal Household also posted pictures of when King Felipe and Queen Letizia visited Queen Elizabeth for a state visit in 2017.

King Felipe also ordered his royal standard to fly at half staff wherever he may be.

The Spanish Royal Standard flying over the Seville royal complex Thursday. Spanish Royal Household

Spain’s Royal Family and the Spanish government are likely to send a robust delegation to Queen Elizabeth’s funeral and King Charles’ coronation.

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.