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Felipe and Letizia’s 10th Wedding Anniversary

  May 23, 2014 at 1:10 am by

The Prince and Princess of Asturias celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary on May 22nd. The heir apparent to the Spanish throne married former journalist Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano in a lavish ceremony at the Cathedral Santa María la Real de la Almudena in Madrid, which was attended by the entire Spanish Royal Family and a host of other foreign royal guests in 2004. The couple currently have two daughters, Infantas Leonor … Continue reading

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The Last of the Valois

  May 18, 2014 at 6:48 am by

Marguerite de Valois, Princess of France was born at the Royal Chateau of Saint-Germain-en-Laye on May 14, 1553, the youngest surviving daughter of Henri II of France and Catherine de Médici. The Princess was named in honour of her father’s devoted sister, Marguerite de France, Duchess de Berry. The young Marguerite – who was known simply as Margot by her family – was raised at the sophisticated French Valois court. Marguerite had three older and … Continue reading

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Infanta Sofía Turns Seven

  April 29, 2014 at 10:54 pm by

Infanta Sofía of Spain celebrates her 7th birthday on April 29th. Sofía is the youngest daughter of the Prince and Princess of Asturias; he has an older sister, Infanta Leonor. Infanta Sofía was born at the Ruber International Clinic in Madrid in 2007. The Infanta was baptised Sofía de Todos los Santos infront of the Palace Chapel of Zarzuela in July 2007. The name Sofia was chosen in honour of her paternal … Continue reading

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Royals Attend Double Canonisation at the Vatican

  April 27, 2014 at 9:38 am by

Catholic royals from across Europe were present at the canonisation of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II today at the Vatican. King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain, former King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg and Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie Aglaë of Liechtenstein were amongst the million plus there for the mass, which was … Continue reading

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Easter Holidays with the Spanish Royal Family

  April 22, 2014 at 6:22 am by

Members of the Spanish Royal Family arrived on the Balearic Island of Mallorca during the Holy Week to start the traditional short Easter Holidays at the Marivent Palace in Palma de Mallorca. Earlier last week, Her Majesty Queen Sofia accompanied by her younger sister, HRH Princess Irene of Greece were the first royal arrivals on the island. On Holy Tuesday, The Queen and her sister attended the German Requiem concert … Continue reading

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The Duchess of Alba Turns 88

  April 1, 2014 at 6:57 pm by

Doña María del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva, 18th Duchess of Alba de Tormes, Grandee of Spain turned 88 on March 28th. Doña Cayetana was born in 1926 at the Palacio de Liria in Madrid, the only child of Don Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart y Falcó, 17th Duke of Alba and Doña María del Rosario de Silva y Gurtubay, Duchess of Alba. The Alba family were very close to the … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Family Honours the Duke of Suárez

  March 27, 2014 at 7:43 am by

On Sunday March 23rd, Adolfo Suárez, 1st Duke of Suárez and Spain’s first post-Franco Prime Minister passed away aged 81. Born on September 25th, 1932 in Cebreros, Spain he went onto hold several political posts in the last years of the Franco Regime. In July 1976, King Juan Carlos appointed  Suárez as President of the Government of Spain (Prime Minister), a post he held until 1981. Together with King Juan … Continue reading

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Queen Sofia of Spain Visits Guatemala

  March 19, 2014 at 7:43 pm by

March 19th, 2014 Queen Sofia of Spain is currently on a three-day cooperation visit to the Republic of Guatemala. The Spanish Queen Consort arrived in Guatemala City accompanied by the Spanish Secretary of State for International Cooperation and Latin America on March 18th. Shortly after arriving in Guatemala City, the Queen met with the President at the Palacio Nacional de la Cultura. Following this meeting, Queen Sofia accompanied by the First … Continue reading

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Death of the Dowager Countess of Ripalda

  March 13, 2014 at 8:25 pm by

It was announced earlier this evening that the Dowager Countess of Ripalda died at the Hospital La Paz in Madrid where she was admitted following a stroke. The Countess, better known as María de la Concepción Sáenz de Tejada y Fernández de Bobadilla, is the mother of Don Jaime de Marichalar, former husband of Infanta Elena of Spain, Duchess of Lugo. The Dowager Countess was born in Logroño in the La … Continue reading

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Infanta Margarita Celebrates Her 75th Birthday

  March 7, 2014 at 9:13 pm by

Infanta Margarita of Spain, Duchess of Soria and Hernani celebrates her 75th birthday on March 6th. A younger sister of King Juan Carlos I of Spain, Margarita was born in 1938 in Rome, Italy and has been blind since birth. Her full name is Margarita María de la Victoria Esperanza Jacoba Happiness Perpetua de Todos los Santos. Margarita is also the youngest child of the late Count and Countess of … Continue reading

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Greek and Spanish Royals Commemorate 50th Anniversary of King Paul’s Death

  March 6, 2014 at 8:50 pm by

On March 6, the Greek and Spanish Royal Families attended an orthodox mass in connection with the 50th anniversary of King Paul’s death. The mass took place at Tatoi Palace in Athens, Greece. Those present were the Greek and Spanish Royal Families, although King Juan Carlos was unable to attend. Other royals, such as the former Tsar Simeon of Bulgaria, Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia, Archduchess … Continue reading

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Prince of Asturias Turns 46

  January 30, 2014 at 11:20 pm by

The Prince of Asturias turns 46 years old on January 30th. The heir apparent to the Spanish throne was born in Madrid to the then Prince Juan Carlos and Princess Sofia in 1968. He was baptised on the 8th of February as Felipe Juan Pablo Alfonso de Todos los Santos de Borbón y de Grecia at the Zarzuela Palace chapel by the Archbishop of Madrid. Chosen as his godparents were … Continue reading

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Infanta Pilar of Spain’s Son Marries In Miami

  January 21, 2014 at 6:55 am by

Don Juan Gomez-Acebo y de Borbon, Viscount de la Torre has married his American girlfriend, Winston Carney, in Miami. The Viscount is the eldest son of Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz and her late husband Don Luis Gomez-Acebo, Viscount de la Torre. In April of this year, Winston gave birth to their first child a son, Nicholas Gomez-Acebo. No members of the extended Spanish Royal Family were present … Continue reading

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Infanta Cristina Charged With Tax Evasion, Money Laundering

  January 7, 2014 at 12:14 pm by

Infanta Cristina of Spain, Duchess of Palma has been charged with tax evasion and money laundering. She has been summoned to court on March 8th. Infanta Cristina is the youngest daughter of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain. Her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin, is at the centre of a corruption scandal over allegations regarding the misappropriation of several million euros of public funds when he was head of the … Continue reading

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King Juan Carlos I Turns 76

  January 7, 2014 at 4:57 am by

King Juan Carlos I of Spain celebrates his 76th birthday on Sunday, January 5th. The Spanish Monarch who has reigned since 1975 was actually born in Rome, Italy during the Spanish Borbóns exile in 1936. His father was the late Infante Juan de Borbón, Count of Barcelona and his mother was the late Princess María Mercedes de Bourbon-Dos Sicilias, Countess of Barcelona. The future King of Spain was baptized as Juan … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Christmas 2013

  December 31, 2013 at 3:22 am by

Members of the Spanish Royal Family gathered at the Zarzuela Palace on Christmas Eve to watch the annual Christmas Message of His Majesty the King. This years Christmas Message is the 38th televised address by the Spanish Monarch. The King defend the unity of Spain and also spoke of the economic and financial crisis which has bedeviled the Spanish economy. Its believed that Infanta Cristina, accompanied by her husband and … Continue reading

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Infanta Elena Turns 50

  December 20, 2013 at 12:54 pm by

Infanta Elena of Spain celebrates her 50th birthday on December 20th. The eldest child and daughter of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia was born in Madrid in 1963. Her baptism took place at the Zarzuela Palace Chapel on December 27th; her godparents being her late grandmother, Princess Maria de las Mercedes de Borbón-Two Sicilies, Countess of Barcelona and her cousin, Infante Alfonso de Orleans y Borbón, Duke of Galliera. … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Family Release Christmas Cards

  December 20, 2013 at 12:50 pm by

The Spanish Royal Court has released the official 2013 Spanish Royal Family Christmas cards this week. The first card was from the King and Queen, which featured a 16th century Nativity scene – the “Adoration of the Shepherds” – by Italian painter Jacopo Bassano, which forms part of the Collection of the National Museum of the Prado in Madrid. The second card released featured the Prince and Princess of Asturias … Continue reading

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Spanish Royals Preside Over National Sports Awards

  December 4, 2013 at 9:55 pm by

December 2nd, 2013 The Spanish Royal Family presided over the 2013 National Sports Awards which were held at the El Pardo Palace in Madrid on December 2nd. Presiding over the 2013 Awards was Queen Sofia, who was accompanied by the Prince and Princess of Asturias and Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo. King Juan Carlos was absent this year, as he is still in recovery from his hip operation. The annual … Continue reading

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Infanta Pilar Launches The Nuevo Futuro 2013

  December 2, 2013 at 2:06 pm by

Her Royal Highness, The Infanta Pilar Duchess of Badajoz launched the 2013 Rastrillo Nuevo Futuro in Madrid on November 21st. The elder sister of His Majesty The King of Spain, is the Honorary President of this charitable partnership which was founded in 1968. Earlier in the week, Infanta Pilar attended the annual press conference prior to the Rastrillo Nuevo Futuro launch day. HRH discussed a range of issues including the … Continue reading

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