King Wants ‘Catalonia For All’

King Felipe and Queen Letizia went into what has become hostile territory late last week to hand out the Princess of Girona Awards.

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Girona is a region is Spain, in Catalonia, with a relatively high rate of pro-independence sentiment.

Girona officials denied the King and Queen use of an arena there, citing repairs, and Catalan officials did not attend.

Still, the ceremony, organized by the Princess of Girona Foundation, appeared to be a success.

The King, during his remarks, called for a Catalonia “by all and for all.”

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The King and Queen, the day after the awards, also met with participants of a program to encourage young professionals.

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Demonstrators for and against the Crown meant increased security surrounding the royal visit.

The King’s daughter, as heir to the Spanish throne, is Princess of Asturias and Girona, among other titles.

The title dates back to when the prince or princes of Girona was the hair to the Crown of Aragon.

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King, Queen Meet With President, First Lady

King Felipe and Queen Letizia met with President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump yesterday afternoon.

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The meeting capped the King and Queen’s trip to the U.S., which also included stops in New Orleans and San Antonio.

Their Majesties were helping those cities, both with Spanish roots, celebrate their tricentennials.

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The King Felipe and President Trump spoke briefly to highlight shared values and the president’s potential trip to Spain.

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The King then went to Capitol Hill to meet with Republican and Democratic leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

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His Majesty also made stops at the World Bank and Inter-american Development Bank in Washington, D.C.

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.

Queen Makes First Public Appearance After Spat

Queen Letizia today made her first public appearance since controversy erupted over an apparent spat with Queen Sofia.

On Eastern Sunday, Queen Letizia apparently prevented Queen Sofia from posing for pictures with Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia.

Spanish society and royal watchers have been divided in their response, many condemning Queen Letizia as mean, inflexible, petty and un-royal.

During an event on disabilities today, the queen greeted the public but did face at least one heckler.

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A friend of the queen told media outlets Her Majesty was concerned, surprised and hurt about the controversy.

 

Monumental Royal Spat

An apparent Easter spat between Queen Letizia and Queen Sofia has caught fire and generated more family bickering.

King Felipe, Queen Letizia, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia attended Easter services over the weekend with Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia.

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Videos have been circulating online showing Queen Letizia attempting to block her mother-in-law, Queen Sofia, from posing with photographers alone with her granddaughters, Infanta Sofia and Princess Leonor.

Queen Letizia, who tries to manage her daughters’ public appearances, apparently only wanted one photo of the entire family outside the church, as is custom.

Still, media outlets and critics are repeating claims of the Queen’s bad temper and strained relations with her mother-in-law.

As if all that wasn’t tough enough, Greek Princess Marie-Chantal — wife of Queen Sofia’s nephew — weighed in on social media.

Marie-Chantal criticized Queen Letizia’s actions and said Her Majesty had shown her “true colours.”

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Whatever many European royals feel about Queen Letizia, they are also not likely to take well a princess in exile openly criticizing a reigning queen.

Media outlets often cite sources saying Queen Letizia doesn’t get along with Queen Sofia’s extended family, but they also talk about Queen Letizia’s efforts to encourage an active and exemplary monarchy in Spain. Marie-Chantal, an heiress, is known for her lavish lifestyle.

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.