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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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.

U.S. State Visit Postponed

King Felipe and Queen Letizia’s state visit to the U.S. has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The visit was supposed to take place in April. The new date is yet to be determined.

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Coronavirus cases are growing in the U.S. Spain is quickly becoming one of the top global hotspots.

King Resigns His Inheritance

King Felipe has resigned any inheritance from his father, King Juan Carlos, who abdicated the Spanish throne in 2014.

Don Felipe has also decided to stop giving his father an allowance from the Royal Household’s budget.

The information came through a formal communication from the Royal Household following media reports of two foundations with ties to King Juan Carlos, which may have received money from Saudi Arabia.

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King Juan Carlos during a brief encounter with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in 2018.

King Juan Carlos, once a heroic figure who led the Spanish transition to Democracy, recently decided to give up public life.

In a separate development, a woman who is said to have had an affair with King Juan Carlos, and says she’s aware of financial dealings, Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, is accusing Spanish intelligence agents of trying intimidate and discredit her.

According to the BBC, zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, a figure who helped prompt King Juan Carlos’ abdication, is set to lodge a complaint with British courts.

Royals Visit France Amid Virus Fears

King Felipe and Queen Letizia traveled to France today for en event to honor the victims of terrorism.

Their Majesties met with President Emmanuel Macron and First Lady Brigitte Macron. They did not touch when greeting because of coronavirus fears.

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Earlier in the day, Spanish outlets reported that the King and Queen had been tested for coronavirus.

King, Queen Tested For Coronavirus

King Felipe and Queen Letizia have been tested for the novel coronavirus, media outlets reported today.

Her Majesty attended an event recently with Equality Minister Irene Montero, who has tested positive for the disease.

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The King and Queen have cancelled much of their public agenda because of the outbreak.

Someone in Princess Leonor’s private school in Madrid had the virus. Media outlets reported the heir to the throne would continue attending, but authorities have since shut down classes.

Spanish Princess’ School Affected By Coronavirus

Spanish authorities have confirmed a case of coronavirus at the elite Santa Maria de los Rosales private school in Madrid.

That’s where Leonor, the Princess of Asturias, and her younger sister, Infanta Sofia, both attend classes.

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Princess Leonor, King Felipe, Queen Letizia and Infanta Sofia. Spanish Royal Household

Several media outlets reported the case of the disease and said the princess and infanta would continue attending classes as normal.

King Visits Uruguay For Swearing-in

King Felipe traveled to Uruguay earlier this month for the swearing-in of Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou.

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His Majesty met with Lacalle and his family before the inauguration ceremonies on Sunday.

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The King also met with outgoing president Tabaré Vázquez at the Executive Tower in Montevideo.

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During the inauguration ceremony, King Felipe sat next to Brazil’s new right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro.

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King Felipe and Lacalle embrace. Spanish Royal Household

King Felipe, during his visit to Uruguay, held a bilateral meeting with Colombian President Iván Duque.

Media outlets reported His Majesty also relaxed in Montevideo, visiting a local steak restaurant.

King Felipe was Spain’s official representative during Latin American swearing-ins during his time as Prince of Asturias.

King Leads Council Of Ministers

King Felipe lead a meeting of the government’s Council of Minister’s today.

Such a gathering is a chance for leaders of different agencies to update His Majesty on events.

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The media focused on the government’s several republican ministers meeting with the King at Zarzuela Palace.

The group then headed to Moncloa Palace, the seat of the Spanish government, for the weekly closed door session.

Royals Release New Officials Portraits

The Spanish Royal Household this month released new official portraits of King Felipe, Queen Letizia and their daughters.

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In the more formal portrait, the King and Queen appear at the Royal Palace in Madrid.

The Queen is wearing the Carolina Herrera dress she wore to the Japanese emperor’s enthronement ceremony. She’s also wearing the 1906 Ansorena fleur-de-lys tiara.

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The less formal picture includes Princess Leonor, the heir to the throne, and Infanta Sofia.