Prince Felipe Skipping Venezuelan Inauguration

Prince Felipe, who usually attends inauguration ceremonies for Latin American leaders, will skip the one for Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela.

News reports indicate that the Spanish government wants to keep the Prince away from the ongoing controversy over the election to replace the late Hugo Chavez as President.

Prince Felipe speaking at a German-Spanish Forum, where he called for greater solidarity in solving current problems.
Prince Felipe speaking at a German-Spanish Forum, where he called for greater solidarity in solving current problems.

Prince Felipe did attend the funeral for Chavez, which had him sitting near Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Today former Madrid Community President Esperanza Aguirre attended the funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Aguirre is Countess of Murillo, a Grandee of Spain and also Honorary Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

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Prince At Chavez Funeral

Prince Felipe arrived in Caracas, Venezuela today to lead the Spanish delegation to the funeral of President Hugo Chavez.

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Prince Felipe sat near controversial figures during today’s events, including the President of Iran.

Several years ago, King Juan Carlos made news by telling Chavez to shut up during a conference. Both countries have worked to make amends.