Queen Letizia Stuns With Pink Dress

Queen Letizia stunned royal watchers with a pink dress today, worn during events for the enthronement of Japanese Emperor Naruhito.

Spanish Royal Household

Queen Letizia and King Felipe were photographed attending a dinner in honor of the new emperor.


King Confronts Secessionist Movement

King Felipe once again spoke out against the separatist movement in Catalonia late last month.

The King, while not addressing the issue directly, let himself be understood during remarks at the Princess of Girona Foundation awards.

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont greets King Felipe. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

The King, speaking to an audience that included Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, who favors a referendum on independence, expressed “sincere and firm commitment” to Girona and Catalonia.

The King also called on the audience to recall actions and values that “have made Catalonia great” and, as a result, “all of Spain.”

The King and the Madrid government have repeatedly stressed territorial unity, coexistence and the rule of law.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia during the ceremony. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

As heir to the throne, King Felipe’s young daughter, Princess Leonor, holds the title of Princess of Asturias.

She also holds several other similar titles based on the different historical kingdoms that now make up Spain.

The Prince or Princess of Girona title went to heirs of the Aragonese throne, which included Catalonia.

The Girona region, north of Barcelona near the French border, is known for above average pro-independence sentiments.

Mini ‘scandal’

A magazine article about Princess Leonor, 11, caused a stir in recent days and gave birth to numerous online memes.

In trying to tell people about the Princess, the piece mentioned her liking Japanese film director Kurosawa.

Many Spaniards felt the Royal Household was trying to oversell the Princess, or that her tastes were too pretentious, particularly for her age.

Japanese Heir Visits Spain

Price Naruhito, the heir to the Japanese Imperial Throne, met with Prince Felipe of Asturias today at El Pardo Palace in Madrid for a visit to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Hispano-Japanese relations.

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

Members of the Spanish Royal Family and members of the Japanese Imperial Family have traveled to each other’s country over the years.

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia went on a state visit to Japan in 2008, for example. And Prince Naruhito went to Barcelona for the Olympics and to Madrid for Prince Felipe’s wedding to Princess Letizia in 2004.

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

Over the weekend Prince Felipe was in Paris to watch Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal win the French Open.



Members of the Royal Family also hosted a lunch for Prince Naruhito and a dinner at the Royal Palace. They also attended a gala at the Royal Theater.