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Spanish King Completes German Visit

  December 4, 2014 at 10:04 pm by

On December 2, the second and last day of his introductory visit to Germany, King Felipe VI attended various meeting in North Rhine-Westphalia. In Bielefeld, the King visited the new Research and Development Center of the Spanish company Gestamp. At his arrival he was greeted by Angelica Schwall-Düren, Minister Federal Affairs, Europe and Media, Pit Clausen, the Mayor of Bielefeld and Francisco José Riberas, President and CEO of Gestamp. Gestamp … Continue reading

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Spanish Introductory Visit to Germany

  December 1, 2014 at 7:37 pm by

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia started a two-day introductory visit to Germany today. The Royal Couple, accompanied by the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, José Manuel García-Margallo, arrived at Berlin-Tegel Airport around 12 o’clock. Then the King and the Queen went to the Presidential Palace, the Bellevue Palace, were they were welcomed by German President Joachim Gauck and the First Lady, Daniela Schadt. King Felipe and President … Continue reading

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The Duchess of Alba Has Died

  November 20, 2014 at 8:52 am by

The Duchess of Alba, Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, has died today at the age of 88, news which was confirmed by the Mayor of Seville. The Duchess passed away at her home in Seville, Dueñas Palace. She had been admitted to Seville’s Sacred Heart Hospital at the beginning of this week, suffering from pneumonia. The Duchess was released yesterday, to spend her last hours at home. Her third husband, Alfonso Diez, and six … Continue reading

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Spain’s Queen Shines In A Nina Ricci Suit

  November 18, 2014 at 5:49 am by

On November 17, Queen Letizia attend the annual Velázquez Visual Arts Prize held at Prado Museum in Madrid wearing a French designer. Doña Letizia made a rare appearance wearing French designer Nina Ricci, wearing a grey skirt suit from the designer’s Fall 2013 collection. The jacket was collarless and had a peplum hem. Letizia finished off her look with a Malababa off white leather clutch, suede platforms and earrings from … Continue reading

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Spanish Introductory Visit to Luxembourg

  November 11, 2014 at 11:05 pm by

The King and Queen of Spain continued with their introductory visits today, meeting with the Grand Ducal Couple in Luxembourg. King Felipe and Queen Letizia were greeted at Luxembourg’s Findel Airport by Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, before heading to the Grand Ducal Palace for an inspection of the guard with Grand Duke Henri. Despite the grey skies, the two parties seemed very happy to be in each other’s company, and … Continue reading

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Felipe and Letizia Mourn Bus Crash Victims

  November 10, 2014 at 11:37 pm by

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia comforted relatives of the 14 people killed in a bus crash in south-eastern Spain at a funeral held in Bullas earlier today. The King and Queen solemnly greeted and embraced the victims’ families during the funeral mass, which was led by the Bishop of Cartagena, Jose Manuel Lorca Planes. The couple also met with emergency service workers. King Felipe issued a statement on Sunday expressing … Continue reading

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Infanta Cristina Remains Suspected Of Tax Fraud

  November 8, 2014 at 9:58 pm by

Magistrates of the High Court of Palma de Mallorca have ruled that Infanta Cristina, sister of King Felipe VI and daughter of King Juan Carlos I, will remain an official suspect and potentially stand trial on charges of tax fraud. They have, however, dismissed charges of money laundering. “The Infanta knew her husband’s [Iñaki Urdangarín] actions with regard to taxes were irregular,” the magistrates’ writ argued. The writ also stated that the … Continue reading

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King Felipe Hosts First State Visit of His Reign

  October 29, 2014 at 9:23 pm by

King Felipe VI of Spain has hosted his first state visit today, welcoming President Michelle Bachelet of Chile to Madrid. The official welcoming ceremony took place at the Royal Palace of El Pardo, where King Felipe and his wife, Letizia, greeted President Bachelet in the Palace forecourt. The trio stood to attention for the national anthems of both countries, before the King and the President inspected a military guard of … Continue reading

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King Felipe & Queen Letizia Visit Boal, Prince of Asturias Award Winner

  October 26, 2014 at 7:39 pm by

King Felipe and Queen Letizia yesterday paid a visit to the town of Boal, in Asturias’s west, which was named this year’s Exemplary Town of Asturias. The King and Queen were shown around the town by its Mayor, Jose Antonio Barrientos, and other officials, visiting a laundry centre, a primary school and the House of Beekeeping. During the official portion of the visit – where the town was officially declared the … Continue reading

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Spanish King & Queen Visit the Netherlands

  October 15, 2014 at 9:32 pm by

The King and Queen of Spain paid an introductory visit to their Dutch counterparts today, visiting The Hague. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima welcomed King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia at Noordeinde Palace, where the two couples greeted each other with friendly hugs and kisses. Obligatory photos were taken, ahead of a private lunch. In the afternoon, King Felipe and Queen Letizia went on to pay a visit to the … Continue reading

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First National Day With Felipe VI As King

  October 12, 2014 at 7:57 pm by

Spain has celebrated its first National Day with its new monarch, King Felipe VI. The celebrations took place earlier today at the Plaza de Cánovas del  Castillo, with a reception at the Royal Palace afterwards. King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia and their two daughters, the Princess of Asturias and Infanta Sofía, were present for the homage to the Spanish national flag and the military parade that followed. A number of government … Continue reading

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Honduran President Visits Spain

  October 1, 2014 at 11:54 pm by

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia today hosted a lunch at the Royal Palace of Madrid in honour of the visiting President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández Alvarado, and his wife. The official party posed for photographs, before heading in to the dining room. The luncheon was attended by Spain’s Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, various ministers, and officials and business leaders. In their speeches, both King Felipe and President Hernandez spoke of … Continue reading

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Royals Commemorate the Start of WWI

  August 5, 2014 at 8:41 pm by

On August 4, a ceremony to commemorate the start of the First World War was held at St. Symphorien, near Mons in Belgium. The event was attended by the King and Queen of the Belgians, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the King of Spain, the Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, as well as the Presidents of France and Germany. During the event, King Philippe, Prince William, President Hollande and … Continue reading

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Infanta Pilar’s 78th Birthday

  July 31, 2014 at 6:44 am by

Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz, Grandee of Spain, Dowager Viscountess de la Torre turned 78 years old on July 30. The Infanta is the elder sister of King Juan Carlos of Spain, and also has a younger sister, Infanta Margarita. She is thus a paternal aunt of the current Spanish King, Felipe VI. Infanta Pilar was born in Cannes, France in 1936 during the exile of the Spanish … Continue reading

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Don Felipe de Marichalar Turns 16

  July 22, 2014 at 8:25 am by

His Excellency, Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar y Borbón celebrated his 16th birthday on July 17th. Born in 1998, he is the eldest son of Infanta Elena of Spain and Don Jaime de Marichalar and is currently fourth in the Line of succession to the Spanish Throne. Don Felipe Juan was baptised in October 1998 and was named in honour of his uncle King Felipe and great grandfather, Infante Juan Count of … Continue reading

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Spanish Introductory Visit to Portugal

  July 9, 2014 at 3:10 am by

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain paid a one-day introductory visit to neighbouring Portugal on July 7th. Following on from their recent visit to the Vatican, the Spanish King and Queen arrived at the military airport Figo Maduro near Lisbon and were greeted by the the Spanish Ambassador to the Portuguese Republic. After the greeting ceremony, the King and Queen moved onto the Belém Palace, where they were warmly … Continue reading

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Spain’s New King Visits The Vatican

  July 1, 2014 at 10:30 pm by

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia yesterday undertook their first introductory visit, while on a visit to the Vatican. After arriving in Rome around 11am, the couple travelled to the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, where they were greeted by Georg Gaenswein, the prefect of the papal household. Then, Pope Francis received them in a private audience. During the audience, which lasted around 45 minutes, gifts were exchanged between the two parties: King Felipe … Continue reading

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Royal of the Month: Jeanne III of Navarre

  June 27, 2014 at 8:34 am by

For the month of June, I have chosen Jeanne d’Albret as my feature royal. Though largely a forgotten historical figure, Jeanne III of Navarre was a major power player during the dying days of the French Valois Dynasty. Jeanne d’Albret was born at the Chateau de Pau on January 7, 1528, the daughter of Marguerite d’Angoulême and Henri II of Navarre. Her mother was the only sister of King François I of … Continue reading

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Felipe VI Proclaimed King of Spain

  June 19, 2014 at 7:41 pm by

Following the abdication ceremony for King Juan Carlos yesterday at the Palacio Real in Madrid, his successor Felipe VI was proclaimed King this morning in Madrid. In a modest show of pomp and in glorious sunshine, the King accompanied by Queen Letizia and their two daughters, Leonor and Sofia, left the Zarzuela Palace following a family photoshoot. The Royal Family – who were escorted by an impressive military escort – arrived at the Spanish … Continue reading

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King Juan Carlos Officially Signs Abdication Act

  June 18, 2014 at 11:58 pm by

King Juan Carlos I of Spain today signed the abdication act which gave the Kingship to his son, Felipe. The signing took place at the Royal Palace in Madrid, where the abdication act was signed with a golden pen. King Juan Carlos was applauded as he made his way back to his seat, where, in a symbolic act, switched places with his son after an emotional hug to highlight the … Continue reading

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