King May Meet Trump

The Spanish government is working on coordinating a meeting between King Felipe and U.S. President Donald Trump, news outlets reported.

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King Felipe during a recent meeting with Bolivian President Evo Morales.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy met with the American president at the White House last year.

Now he is working on the King meeting trump during an upcoming visit to the U.S., outlets reported.

King Juan Carlos was the first head of state to meet with President Obama. Spain has been slower to arrange gatherings with Trump.

 

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Royals Celebrate Easter

Members of the Spanish Royal Family were in Palma de Mallorca today for Easter services at the cathedral there.

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It’s the first time in several years that King Juan Carlos, who turned 80 earlier this year, attended the services.

In the coming days, the family will commemorate the anniversary of the death of Infante Juan, Don Juan Carlos’ father.

Focus On King Juan Carlos

The focus continues on King Juan Carlos, King Felipe’s father, following his 80th birthday this year.

Galician leaders have made His Majesty ambassador for life for the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage route for Christians worldwide.

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A Saudi news outlet revealed Don Juan Carlos traveled to that country, where he keeps close ties with its rulers.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia are also vacationing for Easter, first in a secret location and soon will be seen in Mallorca as is custom.

Princess Irene Now Spanish

The Spanish government, via royal decree, has granted Princess Irene, Queen Sofia’s sister, citizenship in recent days.

Princes Irene of Greece and Denmark has long lived by her sister’s side at Zarzuela Palace outside Madrid.

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Queen Sofia with Princess Irene to her right.

The princes often stays outside the public eye, in her sister’s shadow, but is a key member of the family.

This week both women attended an event in Mallorca for Holy Week. The sisters are fond of vacationing in Marivent Palace in the city of Palma.

Both Queen Sofia and Princess Irene — daughters of late Greek king and queen Paul and Frderica — are said to enjoy Mayan culture and UFOs.

Was Queen Letizia Part Of Women’s Strike?

Critics and supporters both said Queen Letizia took part of today’s strike among women in Spain.

Because Her Majesty did not have any public events, they assumed that was the case. And they said it showed a contrast to Queen Sofia, her mother in law, who was out in public today.

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Queen Sofia handing out an art award in her name. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

The Royal Household, media outlets reported, said that the absence of public events didn’t mean an absence of work for Queen Letizia.

Barcelona Mayor Confronts King

Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau confronted King Felipe during a dinner yesterday to welcome this year’s Mobile World Congress in the city.

The mayor refused to formally welcome the King because she sees him as supporting police action against last year’s illegal referendum on Catalan independence. She told him so this week.

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King Felipe with Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau to the right and Spanish Vice President Soraya Sáenz de Santamaria to the left.

The King, according to sources and media outlets, responded that his role was to support the Spanish Constitution and the Catalan statute of autonomy.

 

Catalan Leaders Protest King

Several Catalan leaders boycotted King Felipe’s visit to the region today for the start of this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The Mayor of Barcelona, the head of the parliament and other officials want the King to apologize for apparently supporting the government’s efforts against separatists.

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King Felipe in Barcelona’s Palace of Music. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

King Felipe attended a dinner at the famed Palace of the Arts in Barcelona. Many Catalan leaders say he should have spoken last year against police actions against an illegal referendum on independence. Don Felipe instead spoke in defense of the constitution and Spanish unity.

This evening the King spoke in Spanish, Catalan and English. “I am delighted to give you all the warmest welcome to Spain, to Catalonia and particularly to the truly global city of Barcelona and today the World Mobile Capital,” he said.

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Last week King Felipe and Queen Letizia visited a contemporary art fair in Madrid, which was mired in controversy after organizers took down a piece describing jailed separatists as political prisoners.

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Catalionia’s former president, Carles Puidgemont, who fled Spain to avoid arrest, said the region would welcome the King once independent.

The Spanish government slammed the regional officials who refused to meet Don Felipe and said they threatened to spook mobile fair organizers.