King, Queen Celebrate Anniversary

King Felipe and Queen Letizia are celebrating their 14th wedding anniversary today.

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Their Majesties are not celebrating together. The queen is on a trip to the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

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King Welcomes U.S. Delegation

King Felipe welcomed a sizable U.S. congressional delegation to Zarzuela Palace on Friday.

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The Royal Household did not release details of the encounter, which included U.S. House Republican Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana.

Royal Household Pushes Image Of Normality

All is well in the Spanish Royal Household. That’s the message from King Felipe after visiting his father at the hospital following an operation this weekend.

A supposed spat between Queen Letizia and Queen Sofia made international news soon after Easter.

On Saturday, they were both all smiles as their went into the La Moraleja Hospital in Madrid.

The controversy was over images appearing to show Queen Letizia blocking Queen Sofia from posing for pictures with Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia.

Notably, on Saturday Queen Sofia walked holding both her young granddaughters’ hands. Other members of King Juan Carlos and King Felipe’s family also showed up.

Royals Celebrate Easter

Members of the Spanish Royal Family were in Palma de Mallorca today for Easter services at the cathedral there.

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It’s the first time in several years that King Juan Carlos, who turned 80 earlier this year, attended the services.

In the coming days, the family will commemorate the anniversary of the death of Infante Juan, Don Juan Carlos’ father.

Barcelona Mayor Confronts King

Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau confronted King Felipe during a dinner yesterday to welcome this year’s Mobile World Congress in the city.

The mayor refused to formally welcome the King because she sees him as supporting police action against last year’s illegal referendum on Catalan independence. She told him so this week.

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King Felipe with Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau to the right and Spanish Vice President Soraya Sáenz de Santamaria to the left.

The King, according to sources and media outlets, responded that his role was to support the Spanish Constitution and the Catalan statute of autonomy.

 

King Receives Palestinian President

King Felipe today received Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for an official visit.

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Don Felipe welcoming President Abbas. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

The King met with Abbas at Zarzuela Palace and then hosted a lunch for the Palestinian delegation at the Royal Palace in downtown Madrid.

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King Felipe, President Abbas and other officials pose for pictures at Zarzuela Palace. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

Israel has not taken too kindly with European efforts to recognize Palestinian statehood. But the King recently welcomed Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and with significantly more pomp.

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Spanish and Palestinian delegations at the Madrid Royal Palace Hall of Columns. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

While the King greeted Abbas at Zarzuela and then hosted a lunch at the Madrid Royal Palace’s Hall of Columns, Rivlin got a larger welcoming and a grander gathering in the formal dining room.

King Celebrates Spain Amid Unrest

Members of the Spanish Royal Family presided over National Day festivities in Madrid this week amid the ongoing constitutional crisis.

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With the Catalan government threatening independence, attendance was up at the Fiesta Nacional military parade.

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The Ministry of Defense and other government organizers moved the event north to accommodate more spectators.

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The King held a brief reception at the Royal Palace after the parade. He has otherwise cleared his agenda to deal with the crisis.

The day was not a total success. One of the fighter jets that participated in the pageantry crashed and the pilot died.