King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia Honor Helmut Kohl

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia were in the European Parliament over the weekend honoring late German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, a towering figure in the continent.

Their Majesties arriving in the European Parliament. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

The Spanish Royal Household has increasingly used King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, King Felipe’s parents, as emissaries to important events. Both are close to numerous world leaders.

The King and Queen sitting behind former U.S. President Bill Clinton, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and new French President Emmanuel Macron. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

Kohl was a major booster of the European Union and Don Juan Carlos helped shepherd Spain joining the block.


King Meets With Former President Clinton

King Juan Carlos met with former U.S. President Bill Clinton yesterday as Zarzuela Palace.

Clinton, who has met with Don Juan Carlos many times before, was in Madrid for the Laureate Summit on Youth and Jobs.

© Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos
© Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

Clinton also met with Prince Felipe, while both attended the summit at Madrid’s European University.

His Royal Highness said, “Governments and public institutions have the responsibility to create policies that favor stable job creation.”

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Prince Felipe and President Clinton at the summit.

Don Felipe added, “Universities and educational centers must mold youth so they have the skills necessary to get jobs, and companies should offer opportunities for professional growth.”