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Concert “In Memoriam”

  March 11, 2009 at 6:52 pm by

Today is the fifth anniversary of Spain’s worst terrorist attacks. On the occasion, the Prince and the Princess of Asturias attended the Concert “In Memoriam” in honor of the victims. The concert was organized by Fundacion Victimas del Terrorismo (Victims of Terrorism Foundation) and was performed by the Orchestra of the Community of Madrid, directed by Jose Ramon Encinar. On the morning of March 11, 2004 (two months before the … Continue reading

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Establishment of the Prince of Girona Foundation

  March 11, 2009 at 7:23 am by

Yesterday it was announced that a new foundation, the Prince of Girona Foundation, will be established in Spain. The Honorary President will be Prince Felipe of Spain. As heir to the Spanish Crown, Prince Felipe holds the title Prince of Girona. Four companies linked to Girona (Girona Camber of Commerce, Caixa Girona, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation and La Caixa) will be founders of the new institution, whose main goals are “The … Continue reading

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Princess Letizia Celebrates Rare Diseases Day

  March 10, 2009 at 12:42 pm by

The Princess of Asturias celebrated today, for the first time in Spain and the second in Europe, the Rare Diseases Day 2009 which was organized by the Spanish Federation of Rare Diseases (FEDER), a non profit organization founded in 1999. Its main goal is “the visibility of these rare diseases and advocating for the rights of people living with rare diseases”. On the First International Day FEDER wants to give … Continue reading

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The Russians are coming…again

  March 7, 2009 at 12:33 am by

The Russians are back in Spain with Russian president Dmitry Medvedev making his first state visit. The quick visit took place on March 2-3. President Medvedev was given military honors upon his arrival (photo) and, along with his wife Svetlana Medvedeva, were received by King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia, and the Prince and Princess of Asturias. The welcome was followed with a lunch at the Zarzuela Palace. March 2 was … Continue reading

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Infanta Elena Visits the Medinaceli Basilica

  March 6, 2009 at 1:20 pm by

Infanta Elena of Spain visited today the Christ of Medinaceli Basilica in Madrid to venerate the image of the Jesus Nazareno. With this visit Infanta Elena continues with the Royal Family’s tradition of paying homage to the image every first Friday of March, which has been held for three centuries now. Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia have also mage their homage back in 2004, shortly before they were married. The … Continue reading

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Queen Sofia Pays Tribute to the Spanish Mass Media

  March 6, 2009 at 10:24 am by

Yesterday, Queen Sofia attended an event in Madrid, where the Help Against Drug-Addiction Foundation (FAD) paid tribute to the Spanish mass media, thanking them for their support and collaboration through the years. The FAD, of which Queen Sofia is Honorary President, is a non-profit private institution, whose principal mission is the prevention of drug consumption and its consequences. The collaboration between the FAD and the media began in 1986 when … Continue reading

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Princess of Asturias visits the National Heritage’s Workshops

  March 5, 2009 at 12:40 pm by

Princess Letizia visited today the National Heritage’s School Workshops and Workshops of Employment. The Spanish National Heritage started, in 1985, a program in which they could help unemployed people. With that intention these workshops were created, to train people in crafts that were at risk of disappearing, and that were essential for the restoration and maintenance of the Spanish artistic heritage. The school workshops are intended to attract young people … Continue reading

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The Spanish Tiaras

  March 4, 2009 at 5:12 pm by

The Shell Tiara, by Mellerio The Shell Tiara, made of platinum and diamonds forming shells with pear-shaped pearls dangling from their centres, dates back to Queen Isabella II who offered it to her daughter Infanta Maria Isabel on the occasion of her wedding to Prince Gaetano of Bourbon-Two Sicilies in 1868. The Shell Tiara was inherited by her nephew King Alfonso XIII who passed it on to his son Don … Continue reading

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Queen Sofia Awards 2008

  March 4, 2009 at 6:31 am by

Today, Her Majesty the Queen of Spain presented the 2008 Queen Sofia Awards for Disability Prevention and Universal Accessibility to the Municipalities, in a ceremony at Zarzuela Palace. The awards are organized by the Royal Board of Disability, of which the Queen is Honorary President. The mission of this charity is to encourage prevention of impairments, rehabilitation and social integration of people with disabilities. These issues were established some time … Continue reading

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Princess Letizia Visits Children’s Hospital

  February 26, 2009 at 3:31 pm by

Princess Letizia visited today the Sondureta hospital in Palma de Mallorca, where she had the opportunity to learn about the work that the Medical Smile Association performs in infant hospitals. The principal intention of this association is to bring some laughter to children who are spending some difficult moments in hospitals. This is done by introducing professional and specialist clowns in order that, through humour, they can collaborate in the … Continue reading

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Spanish King and Queen Visit Florida

  February 22, 2009 at 7:44 pm by

After their state visit to Jamaica King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia headed to Pensacola and Miami in Florida, USA. The visit started on February 18, when their Majesties attended the commemorative events marking the 450th anniversary of the founding of the Santa María settlement, the first Spanish settlement in the US, in Pensacola Bay by Tristán de Luna y Arellano. The next day, the King and Queen met with … Continue reading

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Foreign Press Tab: Spanish royals featured on ABC News’ website

  February 20, 2009 at 6:36 am by

In a rare news event, one of the largest news agencies in the United States has written an article on the Spanish royal family and published it on their website. In ABCNews.com’s Travel section, Sonia Gallego “introduces” the “glamorous and popular” Borbón family in her article “Meet Spain’s Young Royals.” The article was published online last January. Not that there’s anything ground-breaking and revealing about this article, though. Despite running … Continue reading

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Caribbean Tour by the King and Queen of Spain

  February 19, 2009 at 7:24 pm by

This week King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain are making State visits to Trinidad and Tobago and to Jamaica. The King and Queen began this week by travelling to Trinidad and Tobago. On their arrival at Port-of-Spain their Majesties were welcomed by the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Patrick Manning, and later they met with Professor George Maxwell Richards, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, … Continue reading

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A Trend for the Big Scarf?

  February 18, 2009 at 7:49 pm by

In recent months Princess Letizia has been sporting a new fashion accessory, the scarf. image1 (10th Decmber 2008) Besides her favourite pair of platform shoes, Letizia is rarely without the big scarf either on official engagements or private outings. Renowned for her frequent recycling, Letizia has been using her favourite accessorise to customise and brighten up her wardrobe during the cold winter months. There seem to be two current favourites … Continue reading

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Televisión Española Rekindles King Juan Carlos’ “Most Difficult Day”

  February 17, 2009 at 3:36 am by

It is the event that would probably what many Spaniards attribute as King Juan Carlos’ most outstanding action as a monarch. On the 23rd of February 1981, some 200 members of the Guardia Civil stormed the Congreso de los Diputados and staged a coup while Congress was in the process of electing a new Prime Minister. The coup was a failure however, as King Juan Carlos, dressed in his uniform … Continue reading

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President Cristina Kirchner Meets Spanish Royals

  February 11, 2009 at 10:19 pm by

His Majesty the King received the President on Monday 9 February in an official ceremony at Pardo Palace. Later Ms. Fernandez had a private lunch in Zarzuela Palace hosted by the King and his family, and in the evening the King and Queen hosted a gala dinner in her honor. As is traditional in a state visit, the President visited the Spanish Parliament, where she give a short speech, and … Continue reading

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Preparations for the Prince of Asturias Awards 2009 Have Begun

  February 10, 2009 at 12:04 pm by

The call for the 2009 Prince of Asturias Awards is now open. The Foundation has begun distributing the pamphlet containing the official announcement for candidatures and rules for the Prince of Asturias Awards 2009. There are eight awards: Communication and Humanities, Arts, Letters, Social Sciences, Technical and Scientific Research, International Cooperation, Sports, and Concord. Each of the eight recipients is awarded 50,000 euros, a sculpture by Joan Miro, a diploma, … Continue reading

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Working Birthday for the Prince of Asturias

  January 31, 2009 at 1:47 pm by

Last January 30 the Prince and the Princess of Asturias visited the city of Yecla, a town in the northernmost part of Murcia. The Princes’ first stop was to preside over a working meeting of the Arema Association. After the meeting, Their Royal Highnesses signed the Honor Book of Yecla’s Furniture Fair, and the Arema Association presented them with gifts, including books about the town of Yecla and two gold … Continue reading

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Letizia and Cristina with Spanish Youth and Children

  January 24, 2009 at 2:52 pm by

On January 23, both Spanish Princesses had engagements with the Spanish youth and children. The Princess of Asturias visited the SOS Children’s Villages Spain. SOS Children´s Villages is an international organization dedicated to children’s rights since 1949. Their activities focus on children without parental care and children whose families are in difficult circumstances through their programs and facilities. This organization works in 132 countries all over the world. Meanwhile Infanta … Continue reading

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Queen Sofia’s Co-operation Trips

  January 23, 2009 at 1:36 pm by

It is usual to see the Queen of Spain in some of her well-known trips to the needy countries all over the world. This year, from 18 to 22 January, Her Majesty visited the Dominican Republic and Haiti. At her arrival in the Dominican Republic the Queen went to the Co-operation’s Technical Office, in which she saw the different projects of cooperation that will be visited in the successive days. … Continue reading

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