King Felipe, Queen Letizia and their daughters made the rounds in Mallorca today as they started the public phase of their summer vacation.
Locals and media outlets are paying special attention this year because of the scandal surrounding King Felipe’s father, King Juan Carlos.
Don Felipe today met with Balearic Island leaders at Almudaina Palace in Palma as is tradition.
King Felipe, Queen Letizia, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia then visited Junipero Serra’s childhood home. Serra was a Catholic missionary in what is now California.
Serra has a become figuere of controversy in the U.S. because of his treatment of Native Americans.
Queen Sofia, who favors vacationing in Mallorca, arrived at Marivent Palace in recent weeks. The Royal Household has been working to shield her from the controversy surrunding her husbad, King Juan Carlos.
Members of the Spanish Royal Family and the King’s broader family are vacationing in Mallorca as is customary.
But King Juan Carlos is absent. The Royal Household blames a minor health issue. But media outlets point to leaked recordings from Don Juan Carlos’ former friend, alleging potential financial irregularities.
Not only has King Felipe’s father stayed away from the summer spotlight, he recently scrapped plans to participate in a regatta in Galicia, according to media outlets.
King Felipe, who received Balearic Island leaders at Almudaina Palace in the heart of Palma de Mallorca, touched on the issue.
Don Felipe said his father was not in great shape and wanted to sail this month.
Queen Letizia and Queen Sofia were seen strolling with Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia.
Back in Madrid, the Supreme Court and parliament are both looking at the recordings. There does seem to be an effort to keep King Juan Carlos away from any further embarassment if possible.