Royals Under Scrutiny During Vacations

King Felipe, Queen Letizia and their daughters made the rounds in Mallorca today as they started the public phase of their summer vacation.

Locals and media outlets are paying special attention this year because of the scandal surrounding King Felipe’s father, King Juan Carlos.

Don Felipe today met with Balearic Island leaders at Almudaina Palace in Palma as is tradition.

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King Felipe with Balearic Islands Francina Armengol

King Felipe, Queen Letizia, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia then visited Junipero Serra’s childhood home. Serra was a Catholic missionary in what is now California.

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Serra has a become figuere of controversy in the U.S. because of his treatment of Native Americans.

Queen Sofia, who favors vacationing in Mallorca, arrived at Marivent Palace in recent weeks. The Royal Household has been working to shield her from the controversy surrunding her husbad, King Juan Carlos.

King Calls For Unity In Galicia Visit

King Felipe called for “unity and fraternity” during a visit to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia today.

Their Majesties visited the city for the Feast of St. James and made an offering to the country’s patron saint.

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Members of the Spanish Royal Family generally visit Santiago during the Feast of St. James. The King and Queen are also on a tour of the country following the pandemic lockdown.

Royals Hold Palace Ceremony For Victims

The Spanish Royal Family held a ceremony at the Madrid Royal Palace grounds to honor victims of the coronavirus pandemic.

Attending last week in the shadow of Almudena Cathedral were King Felipe, Queen Letizia, Princess Letizia and Infanta Sofia.

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The ceremony of state was one of several from Spain’s royals to honor the pandemic’s victims.

King, Queen Launch Whirlwind Nationwide Tour

King Felipe and Queen Letizia have been crisscrossing Spain for the past several week during a delicate time for the country and the Royal Family.

Their Majesties worked to be active during the pandemic lockdown and have been visible during the reopening, including visiting several museums and cultural attractions.

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia at the Prado Museum in Madrid to launch the Spain for Sure tourism campaign in June. Spanish Royal Household

They have also visited beaches and walked through numerous communities. Their visits have been informal and meant to connect them with regular people.

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The King and Queen in the Canary Islands. Spanish Royal Household

Spaniards, fed up with corruption, the Catalan crisis, recession and scandal, have taken out their frustrations on the governing class — including the Monarchy. Despite the Royal Family’s efforts, many people see them as not having done enough to fight COVID-19.

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The King and Queen in Aragon. Spanish Royal Household

Then there’s King Juan Carlos, who is embroiled in a financial scandal related to $100 million gift from the Saudis, some of which may have ended up in the hands of a former lover.

King Felipe has disconnected himself from his father financially and discussions are ongoing about the elder monarch’s status within the Royal Family.

 

King, Queen Tested For Coronavirus

King Felipe and Queen Letizia have been tested for the novel coronavirus, media outlets reported today.

Her Majesty attended an event recently with Equality Minister Irene Montero, who has tested positive for the disease.

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The King and Queen have cancelled much of their public agenda because of the outbreak.

Someone in Princess Leonor’s private school in Madrid had the virus. Media outlets reported the heir to the throne would continue attending, but authorities have since shut down classes.

Spanish Princess’ School Affected By Coronavirus

Spanish authorities have confirmed a case of coronavirus at the elite Santa Maria de los Rosales private school in Madrid.

That’s where Leonor, the Princess of Asturias, and her younger sister, Infanta Sofia, both attend classes.

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Princess Leonor, King Felipe, Queen Letizia and Infanta Sofia. Spanish Royal Household

Several media outlets reported the case of the disease and said the princess and infanta would continue attending classes as normal.

Trump To Host King, Queen For State Visit

President Trump will host King Felipe and Queen Letizia for a state visit to the United States in April, the White House confirmed.

Their Majesties visited the White House and other U.S. officials for a working visit in 2018.

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia with President Trump and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump. Spanish Royal Household

The last Spanish state visit to the U.S. was during the George W. Bush administration. King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia visited in 2000.

The Spanish government and royals were eager for a state visit with President Obama.

But even though King Juan Carlos was the first head of state to visit Obama at the White House, a state visit never happened.

President Obama visited Madrid briefly during the end of his tenure. Then-First Lady Michelle Obama visited the royals at Marivent Palace in Mallorca.

King, Queen In Poland For Auschwitz Liberation Anniversary

King Felipe and Queen Letizia are in Poland with other world leaders today to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

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Their Majesties laid a wreath at the site and made an offering at the Holocaust Memorial.

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King Felipe traveled to Israel last week for that country’s Holocaust commemoration.

King Greets World Leaders For Climate Conference

King Felipe and Queen Letizia welcomed dozens of diplomats and world leaders in Madrid today for this year’s United Nations climate conference.

The King hosted a reception and delivered remarks at the Madrid Royal Palace’s Hall of Columns, which is reserved for deeply important events.

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Among the King’s guests was U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The royals greeted her warmly.

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The King is also set to attend the conference’s closing ceremonies later this month.

King, Queen Leave For Cuba

King Felipe and Queen Letizia today left Madrid for their official visit to Cuba to celebrate Havana’s 500th anniversary.

Their Majesties boarded their jet after a departure ceremony at the Terminal of State at Barajas Airport. Such ceremonies are standard for official visits abroad.

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Media outlets are describing the trip as historic and a sign of closer relations between the world and Cuba.

However, news that Their Majesties will not meet with dissidents has generated concern among human rights advocates.

Spain and its companies have long had a presence in Cuba. King Juan Carlos, King Felipe’s father, has been to Cuba twice in recent years, including for former leader Fidel Castro’s funeral.