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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 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.

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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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Queen Letizia addressed the recent terrorist attacks in Paris during a speech in Madrid today.

“Mother Teresa used to say that peace began with a smile,” said the Queen.

“It’s difficult to smile today but we will do it. It’s the first step for everything.”

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Earlier this weekend King Felipe and Queen Letizia signed a condolence book at the French Embassy in Madrid.

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia also stopped to pay their respects.

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It’s the second time in recent days that King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia are seen together.

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King Felipe last week stripped his sister Infanta Cristina of her Duchess of Palma title because of the corruption scandal embroiling her and her husband.

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King Felipe arriving at the Royal Cavalry Armory in Seville. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

King Juan Carlos made infanta Cristina a duchess when she married Iñaki Urdangarin. But authorities accuse Urdangarin of using a non-profit company for personal gain. And the Infanta has stood by her husband.

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© Casa de S.M. el Rey

The Royal Household under Don Juan Carlos had already stripped the couple of royal duties and had urged Infanta Cristina to renounce her dynastic rights. She has refused.

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Infanta Cristina and her husband.

Events have moved fast. Infanta Cristina was in Spain recently with the rest of her family for Prince Kardam’s funeral.

King Juan Carlos during an international business promotion meeting in Madrid.  © Casa de S.M. el Rey

King Juan Carlos during an international business promotion meeting in Madrid.
© Casa de S.M. el Rey

However, now the dispute is over whether the King stripped Infanta Cristina of her title or she resigned it. She sent him a letter doing so at around the same time.

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Queen Sofia heading a meeting on mental health.
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Infanta Cristina is now living and working in Geneva. Her mother, Queen Sofia, serves as a bridge between family members.

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Princess Leonor, heir to the Spanish Crown, celebrated her first communion at school last week along with family.

Pictures of the actual ceremony have yet to emerge, but members of the Royal Family posed for the waiting press outside.

Present were King Felipe and Queen Letizia, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, and Infanta Sofia, among others.

Separately, members of the Royal Family this weekend celebrated the first communion for the children of King Felipe’s cousin, the son of Infanta Pilar, King Juan Carlos’ sister.

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Queen Letizia broke with Spanish Royal Family tradition during a flag ceremony for the Civil Guard in the Basque Country last week.

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© Casa de S.M. el Rey

Her Majesty decided against wearing a more formal, black dress and mantilla on her hair as queens have done for such ceremonies, and as Queen Sofia did in the picture below.

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© Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

Queen Letizia, instead, wore the same dress she wore for her proclamation.

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© Casa de S.M. el Rey

Even though ardent monarchists have not been fond of the breaks in tradition, many Spaniards and media outlets welcome the changes.

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© Casa de S.M. el Rey

Recently she and King Felipe dressed down to attend a Madrid scientific monologue contest, above, and the King celebrated Spanish victory in a basketball tournament, below.

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© Casa de S.M. el Rey

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