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.

Trump To Host King, Queen For State Visit

President Trump will host King Felipe and Queen Letizia for a state visit to the United States in April, the White House confirmed.

Their Majesties visited the White House and other U.S. officials for a working visit in 2018.

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia with President Trump and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump. Spanish Royal Household

The last Spanish state visit to the U.S. was during the George W. Bush administration. King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia visited in 2000.

The Spanish government and royals were eager for a state visit with President Obama.

But even though King Juan Carlos was the first head of state to visit Obama at the White House, a state visit never happened.

President Obama visited Madrid briefly during the end of his tenure. Then-First Lady Michelle Obama visited the royals at Marivent Palace in Mallorca.

King Opens Parliament, Calls For Unity

King Felipe opened the Spanish Cortes today with a ceremony and speech at the Congress of Deputies.

The King said Spain cannot survive with factions warring against each other. He said everyone had to support everyone else.

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King Felipe addressing the Congress of Deputies. To his left at Queen Letizia, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia. Spanish Royal Household

Senior members of left-wing party Podemos applauded the King, but others stayed silent, as is their custom. Podemos is now in a coalition government with the Socialists.

Other republican parties boycotted the speech and the King’s call for unity amid Catalan separatism.