Done With Summit, Back In The Shop

King Juan Carlos is — using his own words — going back into to the shop. Doctors will soon perform yet another hip surgery on the Monarch, who has had difficulty walking.

Don Juan Carlos went under the knife earlier this year after his fall in Botswana. This time, however, doctors will treat his left hip.

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The King said he delayed the surgery to make room for this weekend’s Cádiz Summit of Ibero-American heads of state and government. His Majesty has been deeply involved in hosting the event.

“Without a doubt the Cádiz Constitution provided the seed for ideas of liberty that influence so many European and American constitutions,” the King said speaking about the short-lived but important 1812 document.

Don Juan Carlos also spoke about the economic and social progress being made by many Latin American countries in contrast with the pain in Europe.

“Our sights are on you,” he told the leaders assembled. “You have made great efforts to be where you are and we can’t but recognize it and look for shared experiences.”

Queen Sofia tours the sites with the spouses and guests of Ibero-American leaders.
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The King has made wooing Latin America a pillar of his agenda to help the Spanish economy. He recently toured several countries there, and today hosted a Royal Palace lunch for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

His Majesty awarded President Rousseff the Collar of Isabella the Catholic, Spain’s highest honor. And he encouraged Brazilian companies to invest in Spain.

The next Ibero-American summit will be in Panama. This year’s may be the last one hosted by King Juan Carlos in Spain.


King, Royals Headline Ibero-American Summit

The Spanish Royal Family will be in the spotlight this week as it hosts the 22nd Ibero-American summit in the southwestern port city of Cádiz.

Today King Juan Carlos met with Dominican President Danilo Medina, the first Head of State to arrive at the gathering, which mostly consists of Spanish and Latin American leaders.

Meeting at Zarzuela Palace.
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Tomorrow morning, His Majesty will meet with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Ecuatorian President Rafael Correa. Later on, he will host a lunch for outgoing Mexican President Felipe Calderón.

Then, King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia and the Prince and Princess of Asturias will attend official summit ceremonies. The Queen is also scheduled to host a meeting with first ladies during the weekend.

Queen Sofia speaking in Vienna.

Earlier this week Prince Felipe presided over a meeting of young people from Ibero-American countries. The event was meant to include youth in finding solutions to regional problems.

King Juan Carlos is hoping for a successful meeting with the goal of strengthening ties between Spain and Latin America, a key part of the country’s economic growth strategy.

Bullfight Marks Constitutional Anniversary

King Juan Carlos attended a bullfight last week to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the 1812 Constitution, Spain’s first attempt at Democratic government.

Royal box.
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Don Juan Carlos traveled to the Port of Santa María in Cádiz for the bullfight. The region will play host to the 22nd Ibero-American Summit later this year.

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The Cádiz Cortes, whose lawmakers wrote the 1812 Constitution, met in the southwestern Spain community during the Napoleonic Wars.

King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia Celebrate Cadiz Constitution

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia traveled to the southwestern port city of Cadiz to celebrate the bicentennial of the so-called Cadiz Constitution, also known as “La Pepa.” While only in place intermittently for a handful of years, the Cadiz Constitution represents Spain’s first true attempt at a modern Constitutional system of government. King Juan Carlos called it one of the most important episodes in Spanish history.

“We render tribute to Cadiz and its Courts, the decisive link en the struggle for the liberation of the homeland and a symbol of the collective enterprise that benefited Spain, Latin America and also the rest of Europe,” the monarch said to strong applause.

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