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King Presides over the State Opening of the Cortes

  January 8, 2012 at 8:18 am by

December 27th, 2011 – Madrid His Majesty King Juan Carlos I, accompanied by Her Majesty The Queen and Their Royal Highnesses The Prince and Princess of Asturias, presided over the State Opening of the Cortes on December 27th. The Royal Party arrived at the Cortes with a mounted military escort, where they were greeted by the new Prime Minister and other dignitaries. Noticably absent from the solemn opening ceremony of … Continue reading

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The King’s Christmas Message

  January 4, 2012 at 11:16 pm by

December 24, 2011 – Zarzuela Palace, Madrid On Christmas Eve, His Majesty The King delivered his annual televised Christmas address from the Zarzuela Palace. The traditional message on this, the 36th year of His Majesty’s reign, began with the King wishing everyone best wishes for peace and happiness. The main themes of this year’s Christmas message were the current economic crisis in Spain, at the end of a difficult year … Continue reading

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Infanta Elena turns 48

  December 29, 2011 at 10:45 pm by

On December 20th, Her Royal Highness Infanta Elena of Spain, the Duchess of Lugo celebrated her 48th birthday. The eldest daughter of Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain was born in 1963 in Madrid. The Infanta was baptised at the Zarzuela Palace and given the names Elena María Isabel Dominica de Silos de Borbon y Grecia. Infante Alfonso de Orléans, Duke of Galliera and the … Continue reading

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Danish and Spanish Royals Release Annual Christmas Cards

  December 22, 2011 at 8:42 am by

The Danish and Spanish Royal Courts have released their annual Christmas cards. Both sets were released last week. Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik chose a photograph of themselves in Greenland earlier this year as their card, and the Crown Princely Couple featured a black and white snap of their four children – Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine – for their Christmas greeting. The Crown Princely … Continue reading

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Official Visit to The Republic of Chile by Felipe & Letizia

  December 11, 2011 at 4:52 am by

The 22nd-24th of November, 2011 Their Royal Highnesses The Prince nd Princess of Asturias undertook an official visit to The Republic of Chile on Monday November 21st. The 4-day visit was the couple’s first trip to Chile. The Prince and Princess departed from Madrid’s Barajas Airport on Monday, November 21st. On Tuesday, November 22nd the Prince and Princess’ first official act was a wreath laying ceremony at the Statue of … Continue reading

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Don Pablo Urdangarín’s 11th Birthday

  December 7, 2011 at 8:49 am by

His Excellency, Don Pablo Nicolás Sebastián Urdangarín y de Borbón, Grandee of Spain celebrated his 11th birthday on December 6th – the Feast of St Nicholas. Don Pablo is the second eldest son of HRH The Infanta Cristina of Spain and Don Inaki Urdangarín, Duke Consort of Palma de Mallorca. His Excellency is currently ninth in the line of succession to the Spanish Throne and is also the fourth eldest … Continue reading

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The Infanta’s Engagements

  November 27, 2011 at 9:47 pm by

Her Royal Highness The Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo attended several events this past week. On November 22nd, Her Royal Highness presided over the awards of the ‘Special Olympics Spain’ which took place at the Casa de America in Madrid. The Infanta presented awards and later posed for several photographs. On November 23rd, the eldest daughter of the King and Queen attended the opening of the Museum of Contemporary Art … Continue reading

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36th Anniversary of the King’s Accession

  November 27, 2011 at 9:41 pm by

On November 22nd, 1975 Juan Carlos I of Spain was proclaimed King before the Spanish Cortes. The King, the Queen and their three children entered the royal dias before a packed Spanish Cortes. Also present were the King’s two sisters and other members of the extended Spanish Royal Family, who watched the historic events from another viewing gallery. His Majesty the King took the Oath whilst holding his hand on … Continue reading

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The Princess of Asturias’ Wardrobe Choices in Chile

  November 26, 2011 at 6:08 am by

The Princess of Asturias has stepped her right foot forward with the right, appropriate outfit choices during her recent three day visit to Chile. The visit was kicked off with a lovely recycled red suit while meeting with the Chilean President (see here), the Crown Princess matched the red suit with a shaded grey clutch and grey/white pumps (see here). For the second outfit on day one, Princess Letizia chose … Continue reading

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Infanta Pilar Launches ‘Rastrillo Nuevo Futuro’ 2011

  November 20, 2011 at 6:39 am by

On November 14th, HRH Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz launched The ‘Rastrillo Nuevo Futuro’ 2011 at the Telefonica Store in Madrid. The elder sister of His Majesty The King is the Honorary President of charitable partnership which was founded in 1968. The Nuevo Futuro/New Futures is a partnership dedicated to the creation and maintenance of foster homes for children deprived of the family environment (children who are orphaned, … Continue reading

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Felipe & Letizia’s Visit to London

  November 19, 2011 at 4:40 am by

Monday November 7th, 2011 – London Their Royal Highnesses The Prince and Princess of Asturias paid a visit to London on November 7th to attend a gala dinner to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in the United Kingdom. The one-day visit saw the Prince and Princess attend several events in London. The Prince and Princess’ first port of call was a visit the ‘World Travel … Continue reading

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Infanta Elena Presides over Solidarity Campaign

  November 6, 2011 at 6:02 pm by

November 2nd, 2011 – Madrid Her Royal Highness Infanta Elena of Spain presided over the launch of the XII Edition of the Solidarity Campaign, titled ‘Un Juguete, Una Ilusion’, at the Radio Television Espanola Headquarters in Madrid. The Infanta was accompanied by the Secretary-General of Health, the President of the Board of Directors of RTVE and the Regional Secretary of Tourism of the Generalitat Valenciana. The charity campaign aims to … Continue reading

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The King’s Nieces attend the Telva Awards

  November 5, 2011 at 1:55 am by

Their Excellencies Doña Simoneta Gomez Acebo and Doña María Zurita both attended the Telva Awards in Madrid on October 24th. The lavish red carpet fashion awards were held at the Palacio de Montalban in Madrid. Doña Simoneta is the only daughter of the King’s elder sister, Infanta Pilar; whilst Doña María is the only daughter of his younger sister, Infanta Margarita. The Gala Telva Awards Ceremony are Spain’s biggest fashion … Continue reading

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Simoneta Gómez-Acebo Celebrates 43rd Birthday

  October 31, 2011 at 12:10 am by

Her Excellency Doña Simoneta Gómez-Acebo, Grandee of Spain celebrated her 43rd birthday on Friday, October 28th. Simoneta is the only daughter of HRH Infanta Pilar of Spain and the late Don Luis Gómez-Acebo, she is also the eldest niece of HM King Juan Carlos I. María de Fatima Simoneta Luisa Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón was born on October 28th, 1968, which is also the Roman Catholic Feast of Saint Simon. … Continue reading

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The Prince of Asturias Awards 2011

  October 27, 2011 at 10:39 pm by

The 2011 prestigious Prince of Asturias Awards took place last Friday October 21st, 2011 in Oviedo, the historical capital of the Principality of Asturias. Shortly before noon on Thursday, both Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia granted a series of audiences at the Council Room of the Reconquista Hotel in Oviedo. Later that evening, the Prince and Princess of Asturias attended a concert at the Prince Felipe Auditorium. The awards ceremony took place on Friday … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Family Celebrate National Day 2011

  October 17, 2011 at 10:43 pm by

On October 12th, the Spanish Royal Family presided over the annual National Day celebrations in Madrid. Members of the Royal Family present this year were the King and Queen, the Prince and Princess of Asturias, Infanta Elena and the Duke and Duchess of Palma de Mallorca. The celebrations started with a military parade in Madrid, during which His Majesty The King saluted members of the Spanish Armed Forces. By all … Continue reading

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Carlos Zurita’s 68th Birthday

  October 10, 2011 at 8:41 am by

His Excellency Don Carlos Zurita, the Duke Consort of Soria and Hernani, Grande de España celebrated his 68th birthday yesterday, Sunday October 9th. Don Carlos Zurita is the husband of The Infanta Margarita of Spain and thus a brother-in-law of His Majesty The King. Born Carlos Emilio Juan Zurita y Delgado in Malaga in October 1943, he married the younger sister of King Juan Carlos on October 12th, 1972 at … Continue reading

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14th Wedding Anniversary of The Duke & Duchess of Palma de Mallorca

  October 4, 2011 at 11:20 pm by

On October 4th, 1997 Her Royal Highness The Infanta Cristina of Spain married Basque sportsman Iñaki Urdangarín Liebaert in Barcelona. The couple’s engagement was announced on May 3rd, 1997 at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid. The King confered the title of Duchess of Palma de Mallorca for life on Infanta Cristina. Her future husband would therefore be styled, ‘His Excellency Don Iñaki, Duke of Palma de Mallorca’. The wedding mass … Continue reading

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Juan Urdangarín y de Borbón turns 12

  October 3, 2011 at 7:38 am by

His Excellency Don Juan Urdangarín y de Borbón, Grande de España, celebrated his 12th birthday late last week. Don Juan Urdangarín is the eldest son of HRH The Infanta Cristina of Spain and HE Don Iñaki Urdangarin, Duke of Palma de Mallorca. His Excellency is the second eldest grandson of Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia, and is currently eighth in the line of succession to the … Continue reading

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Enactments & Engagements at The Zarzuela Palace

  September 30, 2011 at 12:06 am by

Madrid, Tuesday September 27th, 2011 His Majesty The King had a busy day at his Madrid residence, The Zarzuela Palace, on Tuesday. The day started at the Audience Hall of the Palace of Zarzuela, where His Majesty gave his signature and endorsed the amendment to Section 135 of the Spanish Constitution. Her Majesty The Queen and the Spanish Prime Minister, Jose Zapatero, were also present. King Juan Carlos I then … Continue reading

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