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.

King Publishes His Net Worth

King Felipe has reported a net worth of about 2.5 million euros, according to information released by the Royal Household and reported by Spanish media outlets today.

Most of His Majesty’s assets are in deposits contained within Spain. About 300,000 euros are in art, antiques and jewelry.

Don Felipe released the information to promote a more transparent and modern monarchy, and ahead of transparency reforms to be approved by the government.

King Felipe at the King’s Cup final in Seville this weekend. Real Betis beat Valencia. Spanish Royal Household.

The scope of the King and Queen’s net worth remains unclear without an itemized list of jewels and other items.

Queen Letizia, for example, has custody of several diamond tiaras and other valuable pieces of jewelry, that were once controlled by Queen Sofia and are not owned by the Spanish state.

Royals Visit Ukranian Refugees, Tone Down Easter Vacations

Members of the Spanish Royal Family broke with tradition this week by keeping a low profile during their Easter break, including not attending mass at the Palma Cathedral in the island of Mallorca.

Observers at least expected Queen Sofia, King Felipe’s mother, to attend services. But even though she was staying at Marivent Palace in Mallorca and attended a Good Friday procession, she was not at the cathedral Sunday.

King Felipe, Queen Letizia, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia instead visited a center for Ukranian refugees in Madrid during Easter weekend.

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The visit to the Ukranian refugee center coincided with Princess Leonor’s return to Spain for vacation from her studies in Wales.

Queen Letizia Meets With Prince Charles

Queen Letizia met with Britain’s Prince Charles earlier this month to visit an exhibition in Bishop Auckland of works by Spanish painter Francisco de Zurbarán.

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The new Spanish Gallery of Auckland Castle is the United Kingdom’s first venue dedicated to Spanish art and culture, according to the Royal Household.

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The last official trip by King Felipe and Queen Letizia to the U.K. was for Prince Phillip’s memorial service in London.

Queen Sofia Back In New York

Queen Sofia was in New York last week to lead events at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute, an organization to promote understanding of the Spanish speaking world.

Her Majesty introduced an electronic biographical dictionary from the Royal Academy of History. She also handed out awards.

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The awards went out to Mexican billionaire and philanthropist Carlos Slim, Chef José Andrés and Carmen Iglesias, the first woman to lead the History Academy.

King Juan Carlos’ Troubles Continue

A British court is moving forward with harassment claims against Spain’s King Juan Carlos, King Felipe’s father.

Don Juan Carlos’ former lover, Corinna Larsen, is accusing the former Spanish head of state, who abdicated in 2014, of trying to intimidate her.

King Juan Carlos signing his abdication announcement. Spanish Royal Household

Larsen, a businesswoman who was once married to a German prince, was with King Juan Carlos during an elephant hunting trip in 2012, in which the monarch fell and had to be flown back to Spain.

The incident, which happened during Spain’s economic troubles, prompted scrutiny of Don Juan Carlos’ finances and relationships.

The monarch’s relationship with Larsen, always seen as dangerous by the Spanish government, eventually soured, and she claims intelligence agents kept her under surveillance and did things like shooting at her security cameras.

King Juan Carlos has been living in exile in the United Arab Emirates while under investigation for financial crimes. King Felipe has declined any inheritance form his father.

King Felipe and King Juan Carlos during the day of Don Felipe’s proclamation in 2014. Spanish Royal Household

Many of those probes, however, have been shelved and Don Juan Carlos has worked to make good with Spanish tax authorities. He had immunity during his time as reigning monarch.

Even though he may never return to live in Spain full time, King Juan Carlos says he will soon visit the country to meet with friends and family.

Larsen is said to have ended up with tens of millions of dollars that belonged to Don Juan Carlos and gifted by Saudi royals, according to media reports.

Officials have been unable to prove the money was an illegal commission for King Juan Carlos’ role in securing a deal for Spanish firms to build high speed train service to Mecca.

As a result of all the scandals, King Juan Carlos is the least popular member of the Spanish Royal Family, but many people respect his efforts to secure Spanish Democracy.

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia during an event at the Spanish Parliament. Spanish Royal Household

His wife, Queen Sofia, remains among the most popular royals and an active participant in the royal agenda.