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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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King Juan Carlos I’s Last Official Act

  June 18, 2014 at 8:46 am by

His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Sofia hosted a Luncheon for members of the Spanish Government yesterday at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid. This luncheon marked the last Official act by Their Majesties as King & Queen of Spain. Attending yesterdays luncheon were the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, President of the Senate Pio Garcia Escudero, President of the Constitutional Court, Francisco Pérez … Continue reading

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Royal Look-Back: Proclamation of King Juan Carlos

  June 17, 2014 at 10:02 pm by

Seeing as King Juan Carlos will formally abdicate the Spanish throne after a long reign tomorrow, the blog has decided to look back at his accession ceremonies which took place in 1975. On November 22, 1975 following the death of General Franco, Don Juan Carlos de Borbón was proclaimed King of Spain. The proclamation ceremony took place at the Spanish Cortes (Parliament), where the new Queen Sofia and the couple’s … Continue reading

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State Visit From Mexico to Spain

  June 10, 2014 at 1:14 pm by

The President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, accompanied by his wife, Angélica Rivera, began a state visit to the Kingdom of Spain on Monday June 9th. The King and Queen presided over the official welcoming ceremony at the El Pardo Palace in Madrid. Following this, the President and First Lady travelled the short distance to the Zarzuela Palace, where the King and Queen hosted a luncheon. They were joined by … Continue reading

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King Juan Carlos I Presides Over Day of the Armed Forces

  June 9, 2014 at 2:01 am by

The King and Queen of Spain were accompanied by the Prince and Princess of Asturias to preside over the Day of the Armed Forces ceremony in Madrid on June 8th. This very solemn military ceremony is a tribute to all fallen soldiers on Armed Forces Day and this year took place on the Plaza de la Lealtad in Madrid. The Plaza de la Lealtad also houses the Spanish War Memorial … Continue reading

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Spanish Abdication Set for June 18

  June 5, 2014 at 11:19 pm by

The Spanish Royal Court has confirmed that the abdication of King Juan Carlos I will take place on June 18. King Juan Carlos will sign the abdication act in a ceremony at the Royal Palace, which will be attended by members of the royal family. The following day, June 19, the Prince of Asturias will officially by proclaimed as King Felipe VI in a ceremony at the Cortes Generales building. … Continue reading

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Doña Irene Urdangarín Turns 9

  June 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm by

Doña Irene Urdangarín, the youngest child and only daughter of Infanta Cristina of Spain and Don Iñaki Urdangarín, Duke of Palma de Mallorca, turned nine today. Doña Irene is the sixth grandchild of King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia, and was born in Barcelona in 2005. Her baptism took place at the Chapel of the Palace of Zarzuela in July 2005, where she was given the name Irene in … Continue reading

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Queen Sofia Speaks at UNICEF Annual Session

  June 3, 2014 at 8:58 pm by

The Queen of Spain is currently on a three day visit to New York City. Despite the news of the abdication of her husband, King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia continued with her official plans and her official visit began in New York City on Tuesday. Queen Sofia, as a special guest, attended the annual session of the UNICEF Executive Board at the United Nations headquarters. The Queen gave a speech where she remembered … Continue reading

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Infanta Pilar Talks About Brother’s Abdication

  June 3, 2014 at 8:46 pm by

Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz spoke briefly to reporters today in Madrid following the shock announcement of her brother’s abdication. The elder sister of King Juan Carlos told reporters that she already new of the plans but had kept quiet on the matter. The Duchess also said that her nephew, Prince Felipe, was “divinely prepared” for the role. So far Infanta Pilar is the only member of the Spanish Royal Family to have … Continue reading

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King Juan Carlos Announces Abdication

  June 2, 2014 at 8:32 am by

The King of Spain, Juan Carlos I, has today announced his abdication. “A new generation must be at the forefront…younger people with new energies,” the King said in a television speech this afternoon, “Prince Felipe has the maturity and preparation to be king.” The news was initially announced by Prime Minister Rajoy, in a surprise press conference. “King Juan Carlos has just communicated to me his will to give up the … Continue reading

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Felipe and Letizia’s 10th Wedding Anniversary

  May 23, 2014 at 1:10 am by

The Prince and Princess of Asturias celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary on May 22nd. The heir apparent to the Spanish throne married former journalist Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano in a lavish ceremony at the Cathedral Santa María la Real de la Almudena in Madrid, which was attended by the entire Spanish Royal Family and a host of other foreign royal guests in 2004. The couple currently have two daughters, Infantas Leonor … Continue reading

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The Last of the Valois

  May 18, 2014 at 6:48 am by

Marguerite de Valois, Princess of France was born at the Royal Chateau of Saint-Germain-en-Laye on May 14, 1553, the youngest surviving daughter of Henri II of France and Catherine de Médici. The Princess was named in honour of her father’s devoted sister, Marguerite de France, Duchess de Berry. The young Marguerite – who was known simply as Margot by her family – was raised at the sophisticated French Valois court. Marguerite had three older and … Continue reading

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Infanta Sofía Turns Seven

  April 29, 2014 at 10:54 pm by

Infanta Sofía of Spain celebrates her 7th birthday on April 29th. Sofía is the youngest daughter of the Prince and Princess of Asturias; he has an older sister, Infanta Leonor. Infanta Sofía was born at the Ruber International Clinic in Madrid in 2007. The Infanta was baptised Sofía de Todos los Santos infront of the Palace Chapel of Zarzuela in July 2007. The name Sofia was chosen in honour of her paternal … Continue reading

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Royals Attend Double Canonisation at the Vatican

  April 27, 2014 at 9:38 am by

Catholic royals from across Europe were present at the canonisation of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II today at the Vatican. King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain, former King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg and Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie Aglaë of Liechtenstein were amongst the million plus there for the mass, which was … Continue reading

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Easter Holidays with the Spanish Royal Family

  April 22, 2014 at 6:22 am by

Members of the Spanish Royal Family arrived on the Balearic Island of Mallorca during the Holy Week to start the traditional short Easter Holidays at the Marivent Palace in Palma de Mallorca. Earlier last week, Her Majesty Queen Sofia accompanied by her younger sister, HRH Princess Irene of Greece were the first royal arrivals on the island. On Holy Tuesday, The Queen and her sister attended the German Requiem concert … Continue reading

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The Duchess of Alba Turns 88

  April 1, 2014 at 6:57 pm by

Doña María del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva, 18th Duchess of Alba de Tormes, Grandee of Spain turned 88 on March 28th. Doña Cayetana was born in 1926 at the Palacio de Liria in Madrid, the only child of Don Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart y Falcó, 17th Duke of Alba and Doña María del Rosario de Silva y Gurtubay, Duchess of Alba. The Alba family were very close to the … Continue reading

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