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The Princess of Asturias – in Asturias

  October 16, 2009 at 11:55 pm by

Today must have been a special day for Princess Letizia, as she returned to her homeland, Asturias. As you all surely remember, she was born in Oviedo, its capital. By the way, next Friday the Prince and the Princess of Asturias will be there again to attend the presentation ceremony of the 2009 Princes of Asturias Awards which is without doubt the major annual event they attend. Oviedo is already … Continue reading

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Queen Sofia and the Alzheimers Project

  October 14, 2009 at 7:05 am by

Yesterday the Queen of Spain, as Executive Chairman of the Queen Sofia Foundation, attended a work meeting with the Minister of Science and Innovation, Carmen Garmendia, and directors of Instituto Carlos III at Zarzuela Palace. The main issue of the meeting was to inform the Queen on the Minister’s advances and projects in research of Alzheimer’s disease in Spain, as well as the plans which will allow Spain to join … Continue reading

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Spanish Royals celebrate National Day

  October 12, 2009 at 5:45 am by

Today, October 12, the Spanish Royal Family celebrated the Spanish National Day. King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia, the Prince and Princess of Asturias, Infanta Elena, and the Duke and Duchess of Palma (who are back from Washington for a few days) arrived early in the morning at Plaza de Lima in Madrid where a military parade is taking place. Prior the event, His Majesty King Juan Carlos left a floral … Continue reading

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Felipe and Letizia in USA

  October 9, 2009 at 7:57 am by

The Prince and Princess of Asturias arrived on Sunday in the USA to start a three-day visit to New Mexico and Chicago. Their Royal Highnesses visited on Monday the new facilities of the National Hispanic Cultural Centre in Albuquerque, and the Cervantes Institute, which was inaugurated by the Prince and Princess in their visit in 2004. Afterward they went to New Mexico Univiersity (they already visited in 2004) where they … Continue reading

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Queen Sofia Returns to Greece

  October 8, 2009 at 4:33 am by

After her private visit to attend the baptism of Prince Pavlos and Princess Marie Chantal’s fifth child, Queen Sofia arrived yesterday at Thessaloniki from Athens, where she was since Monday, to attend the official inauguration of “El Miró de Mallorca” exhibition. The exhibition, which will run until February 5 2010, is organized by the Teloglio Foundation and Pilar i Joan Miro of Mallorca, and shows more than 400 works made … Continue reading

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Big Relief for Bolivia as President Evo Morales Visits Spain

  September 21, 2009 at 1:12 pm by

Evo Morales, the first native Aymaran president of Bolivia, returned to Spain after three years to make another visit (although his first state visit) and meet with King Juan Carlos, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodrí­guez Zapatero, and Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos. The state visit occurred last September 14, 2009. Bolivia is in for some relief from Spain as Mr Morales was to sign an agreement cancelling his country’s €70 … Continue reading

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Infanta Sofia of Spain starts Kindergarten

  September 11, 2009 at 6:48 am by

As they did with Leonor two years ago, today Prince Felipe and Princess Leticia took their youngest daughter, Sofia, to kindergarten. Today was not the first day that Sofia attends the day-care centre as she has been attending since September 3. Sofia will start her school life in the same kindergarten her sister attended, which is located at King’s Royal Guard Quarters in El Pardo, near Zarzuela Palace. The daughter … Continue reading

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Berlin Wins 2009 Prince of Asturias Prize for Concord

  September 10, 2009 at 8:05 pm by

The last of eight 2009 Prince of Asturias Awards was announced today in Oviedo by D. Vicente Álvarez Areces, President of the Jury. It goes to the city of Berlin, capital of Germany, which this year is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. “The Berlin Wall, symbol of Europe’s reunification of Germany, was for decades the worldwide representation of the Cold War.” With this statement … Continue reading

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Princess Letizia’s Royal Style Featured in Time Magazine

  September 9, 2009 at 4:56 pm by

Princess Letizia has hit a high note fashion-wise. Earlier this year, the princess was named to Vanity Fair magazine’s Best Dressed List for 2009, where she came in at number 2. However, Vanity Fair isn’t the only non fashion-focused magazine to notice Letizia. The Times has recently featured her in an article that focuses on her fashions. Since the announcement of her engagement to Crown Prince Felipe of Spain in … Continue reading

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Yelena Isinbaeva new Princess of Sport

  September 2, 2009 at 3:42 pm by

The jury for the 2009 Prince of Asturias Award for Sports, presided over by Juan Antonio Samaranch, President of the International Olympic Committee from 1980-2001, has bestowed the award to Russian athlete Yelena Isinbaeva. Members of the jury considered Isinbaeva’s life and work “one of those not only examples to others, but who have also reached new heights in man’s quest to surpass himself, and whose efforts have contributed to … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Family finishes their vacations

  August 31, 2009 at 4:39 am by

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia accompanied by the Prince and Princess of Asturias (the two gentlemen with a new look, btw), hosted Friday night, the traditional farewell dinner with representatives of the Baleares government, at Almudaina Palace. The Royal Family is in the habit of spending summer vacations in Marivent Palace at Mallorca , where they arrived at the beginning of August this year. As usual the Prince of … Continue reading

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One Last Hurrah for the Urdangarin Family Before Their Big Move

  July 31, 2009 at 1:53 am by

Infanta Cristina and her family are squeezing in as much fun and sun as they can in Spain before they head over to Washington, D.C. where Iñaki Urdangarin is set to take a new job this summer. The entire family was recently spotted at PortAventura, a theme park located in Tarragona, just an hour away from the family residence in Barcelona. PortAventura is a popular place frequented by families, kids, … Continue reading

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Prince and Princess of Asturias visit Romania: Last Day

  July 30, 2009 at 2:50 pm by

After two days of intense diplomatic activity, yesterday Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia had time to make cultural and charity visits and also met with others royals. They went to the National Museum of Bucharest where they visited an important medieval Exhibition. Afterwards they visited Centro San Marcelino Champanat of Los Hermanos Maristas, a center in Bucharest that developed a program to help children and youth. San Marcelino Champanat was … Continue reading

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Prince and Princess of Asturias visit Romania: Day two

  July 29, 2009 at 4:01 am by

On their second day of their official visit to Romania, the Prince and Princess of Asturias began the day with a working breakfast with representatives of Spanish companies in Romania. Later on Prince Felipe had a meeting with Romanian Prime Minister, Emil Boc, at Victoria Palace, headquarters of the Prime Minister administration. Soon afterward the Princess of Asturias joined her husband in order to visit the Parliament where they met … Continue reading

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Prince and Princess of Asturias visit Romania; Day One

  July 27, 2009 at 1:26 pm by

Prior to starting their summer vacations in Palma de Mallorca, where the Spanish Royal Family usually visit in summer, Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia are currently in Romania for a three day official visit, with the aim of supporting the Spanish investments in the area, and promoting bilateral relations between both nations. Accompanied by a delegation of 80 businessmen and shortly after their arrival at Henri Coanda airport in Bucharest, … Continue reading

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King and Queen of Spain inaugurate Largest Telescope in the World

  July 25, 2009 at 9:30 pm by

On Friday, July 24, the King and Queen of Spain officially inaugurated the GTC (Gran Telescopio Canarias) or Grantecan, which is consider the most powerful and advanced telescope with which to observe the universe. The new “Crown Jewel” is situated at 2,400 meters above sea-level, in one of the top astronomical sites in the Northern Hemisphere: Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (RMO), on La Palma Island, a declared World Biosphere … Continue reading

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TV Movie about Queen Sofia to be Made

  July 20, 2009 at 8:06 am by

Spanish production company Sagrera Audiovisual and television channel Antena 3 will shortly begin filming a miniseries about the lesser-known life moments of Queen Sofia of Spain. According to El Mundo newspaper, the casting to choose the actors will take place next month and it is still unknown the name of the actress that will play the role of Queen Sofia. It’s also been reported that the filming will begin in … Continue reading

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Busy as Bees: A lineup of the Spanish Royal Siblings’ recent outings

  July 7, 2009 at 9:09 am by

Summer may be just around the corner but the children of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia are still hard at work with their royal duties. A few days ago Prince Felipe was in Panama to attend the inauguration of the new President, Ricardo Martinelli. His wife Princess Letizia didn’t stay home while hubby was away; she had her own date with the people too. In just a day, the … Continue reading

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Ismaíl Kadaré, 2009 Prince of Asturias Award for Letters

  June 29, 2009 at 2:26 pm by

Six of the eight Awards which are presented annually by the Prince of Asturias Foundation have been bestowed already; the awards for sport and concord will be announced in September. The Award for Letters was officially announced on Wednesday 24 June and goes to Albanian writer Ismaíl Kadaré. The Jury considers his work to be full of beauty and profound commitment. “Using everyday language which is nonetheless full of lyricism, … Continue reading

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G’day mate! Spanish Monarchs Say Hello from Down Under

  June 28, 2009 at 2:17 am by

The opening of Australia’s first Instituto Cervantes center was among the key highlights of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofi­a’s latest state visit to Australia. The visit comes at the heels of the King and Queen’s state visit to neighboring New Zealand, which ended just a day before they arrived in Oz. They were greeted by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Australian opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull, and Governor-General Quentin Bryce as … Continue reading

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