Senior members of the Spanish Royal Family and beyond were in Greece earlier this week for the funeral of King Constantine of Greece, Queen Sofia’s brother.
King Felipe and Queen Letizia were there, along with King Juan Carlos, Infanta Cristina and Infanta Elena, who was accompanied by son and daughter Victoria Federica and Felipe Juan Froilán. Also there was Queen Sofia’s sister, Princess Irene.
During their time in Greece, Queen Letizia was seen walking arm-in-arm with Princess Maria-Chantal, King Constantine’s daughter-in-law. Marie-Chantal once fired off a tweet that was interpreted as targeting Queen Letizia.
Greece abolished its monarchy in the 1970’s but the public has softened to those who claim royal titles. The Greek Royal Family is intertwined with the Danish Royal Family, along with German and British royal houses.
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.”
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.
Also last week, the King and Queen welcomed the president and first lady of Paraguay for a visit to Spain.
The visit by President Mario Abdo Benítez and his wife, Silvana López Moreira Bó, included a lunch at the Madrid Royal Palace.
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.
-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.