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Members of the Spanish Royal Family returned to their traditional vacation spot of Palma de Mallorca late last month.

It’s somewhat of a working vacation because the King and Queen, and other relatives, must follow through with certain traditions.

King Felipe, for example, presided over the King’s Cup over the weekend, much like his father did before him.

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The King, Queen Letizia and Queen Sofia held their annual reception for authorities and leaders of the Balearic Islands.

Queen Letizia wowed with her dress, which harkens back to fabric that Spanish traders brought from Asia centuries ago.

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Late last month, upon arriving in Mallorca, the King met with several officials, including the head of the Balearic Parliament.

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The Royals hold their public meetings at Almudaina Palace, an old Arab fort that became a Spanish royal residence.

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Almudaina Palace

However, they have long stayed at Marivent Palace, which belongs to local authorities but is set aside for the family’s use.

Queen Sofia, who spends the most time in Mallorca, often with get grandchildren, is devoted to the place.

It’s unclear how King Felipe and Queen Letizia see Marivent and Mallorca, but continue the tradition, including an annual photo shoot and press meet-and-greet.

Several royals went out to dinner out on the town. King Juan Carlos, however, was spotted in Ireland and is unlikely to stop in Mallorca.

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia continued their state visit to the United Kingdom last week with a stop at Westminster Abbey.

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While there, they highlighted the long-standing ties between the U.K. and Spain by visiting the tomb of Eleanor of Castile, once an English queen consort.

There are numerous other ties, including Queen Victoria Eugenie, King Felipe’s great grandmother and Queen Victoria’s granddaughter.

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King Felipe then met with British Prime Minister Theresa May, where they spoke about their ties post-Brexit.

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Queen Letizia wore a tiara again, one of her favorites, while visiting the Lord Mayor of the City of London. Princess Anne was there.

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Their Majesties also met with business leaders, Spaniards living in Britain and visited Oxford.

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The King and Queen returned to Spain after a last goodbye from Queen Elizabeth, and strong reviews from the British press.

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King Felipe spoke to the British parliament today, just like his father King Juan Carlos did decades ago.

Don Felipe and Queen Letizia began a  several-day state visit to the United Kingdom today, which included a visit with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

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The Spanish King and Queen also met with Prince Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall.

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During his remarks to Parliament, the King stressed the importance of a united Europe, even as the U.K. seeks to leave the European Union.

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A dinner at Buckingham Palace capped the day, with Queen Letizia wearing one of the most important tiaras in the Spanish Royal Household’s collection.

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On Thursday, the King will meet with Prime Minister Theresa May, among several stops.

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia department for the United Kingdom today for a long-planned state visit.

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Their Majesties participated in the traditional sendoff ceremony before departing.

The King and Queen left from the State Pavilion at the Barajas Airport in Madrid. The terminal is used for state departures and arrivals.

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The King and Queen have long been meaning to visit the U.K. but a political standoff in Spain delayed their trip.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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