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Royals Express Sorrow Over Manchester Attack

  May 23, 2017 at 7:36 am by

Europe’s heads of state have this morning expressed their sorrow and solidarity following the terrorist attack in Manchester last night, which killed 22 people when a bomb went off as people were leaving an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena. Over 50 people were injured in the attack. Other royals also shared their messages of support on social media. Queen Elizabeth II this morning issued a message to the Lord-Lieutenant … Continue reading

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Queen Sofia Celebrates Four Decades of Her Foundation

  May 22, 2017 at 3:48 pm by

Queen Sofia of Spain today celebrated the fortieth anniversary of her foundation, the Queen Sofia Foundation, at the foundation’s Alzheimers Centre in Madrid. Also attending the event was King Juan Carlos I, and the reigning King and Queen. The Foundation was formed on May 17, 1977 by the Queen. It has since carried out over 150 projects with focuses on social action, health, education, women, agriculture and the environment. “This anniversary … Continue reading

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A Sofia Double-Act In Stockholm For Dementia Forum X Conference

  May 18, 2017 at 4:20 pm by

There were two royal Sofias present at the Dementia Forum X international conference at the Bernadotte Library in Stockholm on Thursday: Queen Sofia of Spain and Princess Sofia of Sweden. The Queen of Sweden was also present. The trio participated in the forum, first held in 2015, which was attended by 120 individuals from around the globe who have an interest in dementia care and research and have the ability … Continue reading

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Infanta Sofía Has Her First Holy Communion

  May 17, 2017 at 9:52 am by

In a ceremony at the Our Lady of Assumption Chapel in Aravaca this morning, Infanta Sofía of Spain – younger daughter of King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia – had her first holy communion alongside twenty classmates from the Primaria del Colegio Santa María de los Rosales. The Infanta, who celebrated her tenth birthday last month, posed for photos outside the chapel as she arrived with her parents and elder sister, the … Continue reading

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Queen Letizia Visits Seville For World Red Cross Day Celebration

  May 11, 2017 at 10:30 am by

The Queen of Spain was in Seville on Thursday where she attended the annual conference at the Teatro de la Maestranza hosted by the Spanish Red Cross to mark World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. Held this year with the theme ‘Women, Commitment and Solidarity’, hundreds of individuals associated with the organisation from across the country were present. Queen Letizia – wearing a repeated grey embellished Carolina Herrera dress – gave … Continue reading

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Infanta Margarita Awarded the Royal National Academy of Medicine’s Gold Medal

  May 8, 2017 at 5:27 pm by

In a ceremony at the Royal National Academy of Medicine in Madrid on Monday, the Duchess of Soria and Hernani was awarded the Gold Medal of the Academy by her brother, King Juan Carlos. The 78-year-old Infanta was awarded the medal for her long-standing “attention, dedication and affection” for the Academy over the years. Accompanying King Juan Carlos, who said to his sister that “Queen Sofia, I and the whole family … Continue reading

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Bienvenido! King Felipe and Queen Letizia Host Lunch For Costa Rican President

  May 8, 2017 at 2:58 pm by

At the Royal Palace of Madrid, the King and Queen of Spain have hosted a luncheon for the visiting Costa Rican President. President Luis Guillermo Solís and his wife Mercedes Peñas Domingo are currently on an official visit to Spain. King Felipe and President Solís had a photocall in the Palace gardens ahead of the lunch, which was attended by a variety of people connected to both countries. Describing the Central American country as … Continue reading

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Felipe and Letizia Open New Exhibition at National Library of Spain

  May 4, 2017 at 2:04 pm by

At the National Library of Spain on Thursday, King Felipe and Queen Letizia opened a new exhibition focusing on the historic manuscripts from the University of Salamanca. The university is celebrating the eight-hundred anniversary of receiving a Royal Charter next year. The King and Queen were given a tour of the exhibition – entitled ‘Scripts. Handwritten Treasures of the University of Salamanca’ – which brings 23 manuscripts, some dating back to the … Continue reading

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Another Milestone Birthday: Infanta Sofía Turns Ten

  April 29, 2017 at 5:00 am by

The younger daughter of the King and Queen of Spain, Infanta Sofía, today celebrates her tenth birthday. Sofía was born in the late afternoon of April 29, 2007 at Ruber International Hospital in Madrid when her parents were still the Prince and Princess of Asturias. She made her public debut five days later when she and her mother left hospital accompanied by her father and elder sister, Leonor. The Infanta was baptised … Continue reading

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Thursday, Grey Day: Queen Letizia Attends Rare Diseases Congress

  April 27, 2017 at 3:36 pm by

A simple, chic grey ensemble from Carolina Herrera that was Queen Letizia’s choice for her visit to Valencia on Thursday for Fourth Rare Diseases Education Congress. The a-line skirted dress was paired with a matching cocoon coat from the designer, which features a purple lining to add some colour to the look. The Queen accessorised with a pair of chandelier earrings and snakeskin pumps. Queen Letizia attended the congress, which had … Continue reading

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King Felipe Honours Antonio Banderas For “Enhancing Image of Spain”

  April 26, 2017 at 2:14 pm by

The King of Spain presented actor Antonio Banderas with the fourth ‘Camino Real’ award for his work “positively projecting and enhancing the image of Spain in the US” on Tuesday at the Universidad de Alcalá. “Mr Banderas is a clear example of the talent, ingenuity and versatility that our land is capable of giving. Not only is he an actor of recognized prestige, but he has also developed an infinity of activities within and outside his profession. … Continue reading

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia Begin Two-Day Visit to the Canary Islands

  April 24, 2017 at 4:43 pm by

The King and Queen of Spain embarked on a two-day visit to the Canary Islands on Monday, where they will visit a number of organisations that are important to the Islands’ economic, social, cultural and scientific initiatives. They began at Casa de Colón in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria for a presentation on Spain’s nomination for UNESCO World Heritage listing in 2018, the Risco Caido and the sacred mountains of Gran … Continue reading

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Felipe and Letizia Award Eduardo Mendoza Garriga The ‘Miguel de Cervantes’ Prize

  April 20, 2017 at 3:06 pm by

In the annual ceremony at the University of Alcalá, the King and Queen of Spain awarded the 2016 Miguel de Cervantes Literature Prize on Thursday April 20. The prize for 2016 was won by Spanish novelist Eduardo Mendoza Garriga. King Felipe called Mr Mendoza Garriga a “true artisan of language” in his speech at the event, praising his “use of language to approach different realities, from that of the different marginal … Continue reading

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Black and White Chic: Queen Letizia Presents Children and Youth Literature Prizes

  April 18, 2017 at 5:08 pm by

The Queen of Spain was present on April 18 at the 33rd Annual SM Children and Youth Literature Awards at the Real Casa de Correos in Madrid. Wearing a simple black and white combination with her hair in loose waves, Queen Letizia awarded the ‘Grand Angular’ Prize to Fátima Embark Ali and María Mercedes Murillo and the ‘El Barco de Vapor’ Prize to Roberto Aliaga Sánchez.  She gave a brief speech during the … Continue reading

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Spanish State Visit to the UK: Another Postponement?

  April 18, 2017 at 9:16 am by

The long-awaited state visit by King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain to the United Kingdom is in jeopardy once again, after the British Prime Minister this morning announced a snap general election to be held on June 8 – the last day of the scheduled state visit. While the election needs to be approved by parliament, it is unlikely to be knocked back. This would mean that the Spanish … Continue reading

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Spanish Royals Celebrate Easter In Palma de Mallorca

  April 16, 2017 at 7:58 am by

As they do each year, the Spanish Royal Family has marked the Easter holidays in Palma de Mallorca. King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia were joined by their daughters, the Princess of Asturias and Infanta Sofia (who is now officially taller than her elder sister), and the former Queen, Sofia, for Easter Sunday mass at the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma. They spent time posing for photos and passing Easter well-wishers to the … Continue reading

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Infanta Pilar Takes Part in Religious Procession on Good Friday

  April 15, 2017 at 7:55 am by

Spain’s Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz, assisted in the procession of the Jesus Christ of the Alabarderos yesterday, Good Friday. The traditional procession is organised by the Royal Congregation of the Holy Christ of the Faith, Christ of the Alabarderos and Mary Immaculate, Queen of the Angels, whose home is the only military cathedral in Madrid. The statue of Jesus Christ of the Alabarderos is carried through the streets of Madrid … Continue reading

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Condolences Sent To Swedish King Following Terror Incident in Stockholm

  April 7, 2017 at 8:42 pm by

The King of Sweden has cut short an official visit to Brazil following a terrorist attack in central Stockholm that has killed at least four people on Friday afternoon. “It is with dismay the Royal Family and I have been informed of the attack in Stockholm this afternoon. The background and full extent of the incident is not yet known. We are closely following the developments, but our thoughts are already … Continue reading

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Sayōnara Japan! King Felipe and Queen Letizia Finish State Visit

  April 7, 2017 at 3:02 pm by

On the final day of their state visit to Japan, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain travelled on a Shinkansen with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko to the city of Shizuoka. Here they visited the Shizuoka Prefecture Earthquake Disaster Prevention Centre to see technologies that are being used to improve the detection and response to earthquakes. The monarchs were shown the Seismic Effects Experimentation Area, witnessing a demonstration of a chair mechanised … Continue reading

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Twenty Years of The Spanish Geographical Society Celebrated With Queen Sofia

  April 6, 2017 at 11:11 am by

Queen Sofia of Spain has attended the Spanish Geographical Society’s annual awards ceremony on Thursday at the Mutua Madrileña Auditorium in Madrid. The ceremony was also used to celebrate the Society’s twentieth anniversary. The Queen – wearing a simple navy blue dress and blazer with a set of colourful jewels – helped present awards in the categories of photography, travel, research, communication and innovation, as well as the overall ‘Spanish Geographical Society … Continue reading

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