King Greets World Leaders For Climate Conference

King Felipe and Queen Letizia welcomed dozens of diplomats and world leaders in Madrid today for this year’s United Nations climate conference.

The King hosted a reception and delivered remarks at the Madrid Royal Palace’s Hall of Columns, which is reserved for deeply important events.

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Spanish Royal Household

Among the King’s guests was U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The royals greeted her warmly.

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Spanish Royal Household

The King is also set to attend the conference’s closing ceremonies later this month.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia In New York

King Felipe met with U.S. President Barack Obama in New York City while both leaders were attending the United Nations Climate Summit.

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

Spanish Royals have worked to strengthen relations with the U.S. and have invited President Obama to Spain numerous times.

King Juan Carlos met with the U.S. President at the White House in 2010 and Fist Lady Michelle Obama has visited the royals at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid and Marivent Palace in Mallorca. But no formal state visit has been planned on either side of the Atlantic.

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

During his speech at the climate summit today, Don Felipe spoke about the need to tackle climate change and Spain’s efforts at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

He said countries could not afford to wait because a small rise in global temperatures could put human lives and societies at risk.

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

Yesterday King Felipe, who studied international relations at Georgetown University, met with Fulbright Scholars at the Institute for International Education.

He spoke about U.S. political and historical ties with Spain, and about shared values of freedom and Democracy. Plus, he highlighted economic ties amid the ongoing crisis in Europe.

Don Felipe also met with King Hussein of Jordan to discuss ongoing troubles in the Middle East.

He and Queen Letizia atogether met with Spaniards working at the U.N. and Spanish scientists working in the U.S.

Queen Letizia took some time yesterday to visit the Dos Puentes School in Harlem to promote bilingual education.

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Queen Letizia also met with the heads of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization.

Tomorrow King Felipe will deliver remarks at the opening of the new session of the U.N. General Assembly.