Corinna Is Back

Several Spanish news outlets have in recent days released leaked recordings from a German aristocrat said to have dated King Juan Carlos.

Corinna Larsen Adkins, also known as Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, has for years caused controversy in Spain and helped lead to Don Juan Carlos’ abdication.

Now, recordings from 2015 leaked by a disgraced businessman and former commissar, suggest the King used her as a figurehead for properties.

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Leftist parties have called for an investigation of King Juan Carlos, but so far major parties and news outlets have given the issue scant or no attention.

The recordings also suggest Don Juan Carlos may have had money or properties hidden abroad, and may have taken advantage of an amnesty with tax authorities.

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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.

King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia Honor Helmut Kohl

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia were in the European Parliament over the weekend honoring late German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, a towering figure in the continent.

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Their Majesties arriving in the European Parliament. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

The Spanish Royal Household has increasingly used King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, King Felipe’s parents, as emissaries to important events. Both are close to numerous world leaders.

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The King and Queen sitting behind former U.S. President Bill Clinton, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and new French President Emmanuel Macron. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

Kohl was a major booster of the European Union and Don Juan Carlos helped shepherd Spain joining the block.

King Juan Carlos Left Out Of Top Event

The Royal Household excluded King Juan Carlos from an event at the Spanish Congress to commemorate the country’s transition to Democracy, according to several media outlets.

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, to the right, and Congress Speaker Ana Pastor, in blue. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

King Juan Carlos, King Felipe’s father, helped steer Spain from dictatorship to Democracy.

But, according to media outlets, the Royal Household thought it was out of protocol for Don Juan Carlos to attend the ceremonies.

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King Felipe during remarks a the Congress of Deputies Chamber. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

Media outlets reported that the elder King expressed his dismay about the snub to friends.

The King And The Bulls

King Felipe won praise but also skepticism earlier this month when he attended a charity bullfight in Madrid.

Aside from people who oppose the activity, aficionados wondered whether the King — who got a standing ovation — really stands with them.

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King Felipe at the famed Las Ventas bullring in Madrid. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

Don Felipe has not been as keen on attending bullfights compared to his father, King Juan Carlos, and his sister, Infanta Elena.

Both of them were helping open a new winery in the Basque Country during the Madrid bullfight.

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King Juan Carlos and Infanta Elena. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

Conventional wisdom says Queen Letizia is not partial to bullfighting. Neither is Queen Sofia, an animal rights advocate.

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King Felipe with bullfighters. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

The late Duchess of Alba was also an animal rights advocate, but an ardent supporter of bullfighting as a Spanish tradition.

King Juan Carlos In Cuba For Castro Funeral

King Juan Carlos is in Cuba this week to attend funeral services for former Cuban President Fidel Castro.

Spain has long had ties with its former colony and, now that the island is becoming more open, Spain wants to secure its position there.

Don Juan Carlos has been a point-person for King Felipe in Latin America. Don Felipe used to be that point-person when he was Prince of Asturias.

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King Juan Carlos with Cuban President Raúl Castro. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

King Felipe, meanwhile, has spent recent days on a state visit to Portugal, a key Spanish ally.

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The King and Queen have dinner with the Portuguese president. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

King Felipe and Queen Letizia have made several stops in the country and met with several local and national leaders.

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The King and Queen before Don Felipe addresses the Portuguese Assembly. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

Tomorrow the King is scheduled to meet with the president of the European Commission in Madrid.

“Franco Took My Hand”

A French documentary about the life and times of King Juan Carlos is making news in Spain.

Of particular interest has been an anecdote concerning former Spanish Generalissimo Francisco Franco.

Don Juan Carlos, who succeeded Franco, said the dictator took his hand before death and made him promise to ensure Spanish unity.

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King Juan Carlos taking oath of office in 1976. © EFE

Even though King Juan Carlos succeeded Franco, he took advantage of the dictator’s death to re-establish democracy in Spain.

Spanish public television giant TVE helped produce the documentary but is not airing it in the country, calling it out of date.

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King Juan Carlos speaking during the 1991 Ibero-American summit. © EFE

Don Juan Carlos abdicated the Spanish throne in favor of his son, King Felipe, who has now been head of state for more than a year.