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Simoneta Gómez Acebo Joins Pilgrims in El Rocío

  May 28, 2012 at 10:30 am by

May 26th, 2012 – El Rocío Andalusia, Spain Her Excellency Doña Simoneta Gómez Acebo attended the annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Virgin at of El Rocío. For the third year in a row, the eldest niece of the King and the only daughter of Infanta Pilar, joined thousands of faithful pilgrims at the Hermitage of El Rocío in Andalusia. Wearing a straw hat and a medal of the … Continue reading

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Spanish Royals Open Madrid Book Fair

  May 28, 2012 at 10:01 am by

Madrid – May 25th, 2012 Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe, Princess Letizia and Infanta Elena presided over the official opening of the 71st Annual Madrid Book Fair. Despite the intense heat, the royal trio all looked relaxed as they made their way around the various book booths at the Retiro Park in Madrid. Accompanying the royal party were the Spanish Education Minister and the Mayor of Madrid. The Madrid Book … Continue reading

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Infanta Cristina, Children Return to Spain for Funeral

  May 12, 2012 at 7:20 am by

Vitoria – May 12th, 2012 Her Royal Highness Infanta Cristina of Spain, Duchess of Palma and her four children, Don Juan Valentín, Don Pablo Nicolás, Don Miguel and Doña Irene Urdangarín, have returned to Spain for the funeral of the children’s paternal grandfather. The father of the Duke of Palma, Juan María Urdangarín, died on Thursday, May 10th aged 79, following a long illness. His son, Don Inaki Urdangarín, had … Continue reading

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Queen Sofia’s Visit to Washington, D.C.

  May 11, 2012 at 9:34 am by

April 30th, 2012 Earlier last week, Her Majesty Queen Sofia made a private family visit to Washington, D.C. to celebrate the 10th birthday of her grandson, Don Miguel Urdangarín. His Excellency is the third son of Infanta Cristina of Spain, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca and Don Inaki Urdangarín, Duke Consort of Palma de Mallorca.The family are currently residing in Washington, DC, since 2009. Don Miguel was born at Barcelona’s … Continue reading

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The Duke of Palma’s Father Passes Away

  May 11, 2012 at 1:25 am by

Vitoria – May 10th, 2012 Juan María Urdangarín, the father of Don Iñaki Urdangarin, the Duke of Palma has passed away aged 79 in Vitoria. Its believed that the Duke’s father had been suffering from a serious illness and his condition deteriorated over the past few months. Juan María Urdangarín is survived by his Belgian wife, Claire Liebaert and seven children.

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Prince Felipe attends UEFA Europa League Final

  May 10, 2012 at 9:30 am by

Bucharest, Romania – May 9th, 2012 His Royal Highness The Prince of Asturias attended the UEFA Europa League final in Bucharest last night between Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao. The Prince was one of thousands of Spanish supporters who travelled to the National Stadium in Bucharest, Romania to watch the final between the two Spanish teams. At the stadium, His Royal Highness met with Crown Princess Margarita of Romania and … Continue reading

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No Official Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebrations

  May 10, 2012 at 9:10 am by

Zarzuela, Madrid The Spanish Royal Court has announced that there will be no official celebration to mark the 50th golden wedding anniversary of Their Majesties on May 14th. The announcement has left many Spanish royal watchers surprised, but given the recent controversy surrounding the King and his ill-advised hunting trip and accident in Botswana, perhaps the King is looking to maintain a low profile. In stark contrast when Their Majesties … Continue reading

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Emmanuelle de Dampierre Passes Away

  May 7, 2012 at 8:56 am by

Rome, Italy Emmanuelle de Dampierre passed away in Rome on May 2nd, 2012. Born into the Italian nobility on November 8th, 1913, Emmanuelle married Infante Jaime of Spain, Duke of Segovia on March 4th, 1935. The couple had two children: Don Alphonse de Bourbon (1936-1989) and Don Gonzalo de Bourbon (1937-2000). However, their marriage was unhappy and it ended in divorce in 1947. In 1949, Emmanuelle de Dampierre remarried in … Continue reading

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Infanta Elena Opens New Civil Guard Cavalry Complex

  May 7, 2012 at 6:19 am by

Valdemoro – May 3rd, 2012 Her Royal Highness Infanta Elena of Spain, Duchess of Lugo was in Valdemoro on the outskirts of Madrid on May 3rd. The eldest daughter of Their Majesties presided over the official opening of the new equestrian facilities of the Civil Guard at Valdemoro. A keen horsewoman and lover of equestrian, Infanta Elena was accompanied by the director general of the Guardia Civil, the Mayor of … Continue reading

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Infanta Sofía of Spain Celebrates her 5th Birthday

  May 2, 2012 at 9:36 am by

Madrid – April 29th, 2012 On Sunday April 29th, Her Royal Highness Infanta Sofía of Spain celebrated her fifth birthday. Infanta Sofía was born in at Ruber International Clinic in Madrid in 2007, the second daughter of the Prince and Princess of Asturias. Sofía is currently third in the line line of succession to the Spanish throne after her father, Prince Felipe, and older sister, Infanta Leonor. The Infanta is … Continue reading

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Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz in Malaga

  April 30, 2012 at 9:12 am by

Malaga – April 21st, 2012 Her Royal Highness Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz attended the 40th anniversary of the ‘Nuevo Futuro’ at the Finca de la Concepción in Malaga. The elder sister of King Juan Carlos is the Honorary President of the ‘Nuevo Futuro’ charitable foundation and was welcomed by the Mayor of Malaga and several other dignitaries. The Duchess of Badajoz praised “smooth running of the Nuevo … Continue reading

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Queen Sofia hosts Dinner in Queen Silvia’s Honour at the Zarzuela Palace

  April 23, 2012 at 8:52 pm by

Madrid – April 20th, 2012 Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain welcomed Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden to the Palacio de la Zarzuela in Madrid on Friday April 20th. The King and Queen of Sweden are currently on a private visit to Spain, where the King will preside over the 63rd World Scout Foundation in Madrid. In a warm display of mutual affection, both queens entered the Palacio de … Continue reading

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Remembering Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain

  April 19, 2012 at 6:25 am by

On the 15th of April 1969, HM Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain passed away, aged 81 at Lausanne, Switzerland. A granddaughter of Queen Victoria, she was born at Balmoral in October 1887. In May 1906, she became the Queen Consort of Spain following her marriage to King Alfonso XIII. This union was an unhappy one, but the couple did have seven children, six of whom survived infancy. Queen Ena, as … Continue reading

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King Juan Carlos Fractures His Hip

  April 15, 2012 at 4:17 am by

Madrid – April 14th, 2012 His Majesty King Juan Carlos I has undergone surgery this morning following a fall in which he suffered a fracture in three fragments of his right hip. The 74-year-old monarch was on a private visit to Botswana; the Palace said the King’s fall in Botswana was “accidental” but gave no further details regarding his visit. The King was taken to the San Jose Hospital in … Continue reading

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Don Felipe Juan Froilan Involved in Shooting Accident

  April 10, 2012 at 6:56 am by

Soria – April 9th, 2012 His Excellency Don Felipe Juan Froilan de Marichalar has been taken to hospital in Madrid following a shooting accident where he was shot in the right foot. Don Felipe was enjoying an Easter break with his father and younger sister, Doña Victoria Federica, in Soria. He is the eldest child of HRH Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo and Jaime de Marichalar. His Excellency is also … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Family attend 2012 Easter Sunday Mass

  April 8, 2012 at 9:06 pm by

Palma de Mallorca – April 8th, 2012 Members of the Spanish Royal Family attended the traditional Easter Sunday Mass at the Cathedral of Santa Maria de Palma de Mallorca earlier today. Present this year were Their Majesties The King and Queen, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince and Princess of Asturias along with Their Royal Highnesses the Infantas Leonor, Sofia and Elena of Spain. The Royal Family were greeted outside the … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Family celebrate Easter in Palma de Mallorca

  April 8, 2012 at 6:20 am by

The Spanish Royal Family have started to arrive on the Balearic Island of Mallorca for the annual family gathering and Easter holiday. Her Majesty The Queen arrived on the island earlier this week, and will be joined at the Palacio de Marivent by His Majesty The King and Their Royal Highnesses The Prince and Princess of Asturias and the Infantas Leonor, Sofia and Elena The Infanta Cristina is not expected … Continue reading

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Visit to Kuwait by His Majesty the King of Spain

  April 8, 2012 at 6:06 am by

Kuwait – April 4th, 2012 On Wednesday April 4th, His Majesty The King travelled on a visit to the Emirate of Kuwait. The purpose of this working visit was to promote and further develop the foreign and economic policies of Spain. Shortly after arriving, His Majesty held a meeting with the Prime Minister of Kuwait. King Juan Carlos then attended a working lunch with the Emir of Kuwait, His Highness … Continue reading

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Death Anniversary of Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona

  April 1, 2012 at 7:35 pm by

On April 1st, 1993, the father of His Majesty King Juan Carlos I passed away at the University Hospital of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. The Count of Barcelona had battled cancer for many years. Infante Juan was born on 20 June 1913, the third surviving son of King Alfonso XIII and Queen Victoria Eugenia. In 1933, he became heir to the Spanish Throne following the renunciations of his two older … Continue reading

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Infanta Cristina opens Epidemic Exhibition in Barcelona

  March 29, 2012 at 8:00 am by

Barcelona – March 28th Her Royal Highness Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca attended the opening of the Epidemic Exhibition at the CosmoCaixa Science Museum in Barcelona. Prior to the opening, the Duchess attended a conference organised by the Institute for Global Health ISGlobal Barcelona. The exhibition will run at the museum until February 2013. This was the first visit to Spain by the King’s youngest daughter in over … Continue reading

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