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Spanish State Visit to the UK: Another Postponement?

  April 18, 2017 at 9:16 am by

The long-awaited state visit by King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain to the United Kingdom is in jeopardy once again, after the British Prime Minister this morning announced a snap general election to be held on June 8 – the last day of the scheduled state visit. While the election needs to be approved by parliament, it is unlikely to be knocked back. This would mean that the Spanish … Continue reading

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Spanish Royals Celebrate Easter In Palma de Mallorca

  April 16, 2017 at 7:58 am by

As they do each year, the Spanish Royal Family has marked the Easter holidays in Palma de Mallorca. King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia were joined by their daughters, the Princess of Asturias and Infanta Sofia (who is now officially taller than her elder sister), and the former Queen, Sofia, for Easter Sunday mass at the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma. They spent time posing for photos and passing Easter well-wishers to the … Continue reading

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Infanta Pilar Takes Part in Religious Procession on Good Friday

  April 15, 2017 at 7:55 am by

Spain’s Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz, assisted in the procession of the Jesus Christ of the Alabarderos yesterday, Good Friday. The traditional procession is organised by the Royal Congregation of the Holy Christ of the Faith, Christ of the Alabarderos and Mary Immaculate, Queen of the Angels, whose home is the only military cathedral in Madrid. The statue of Jesus Christ of the Alabarderos is carried through the streets of Madrid … Continue reading

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Condolences Sent To Swedish King Following Terror Incident in Stockholm

  April 7, 2017 at 8:42 pm by

The King of Sweden has cut short an official visit to Brazil following a terrorist attack in central Stockholm that has killed at least four people on Friday afternoon. “It is with dismay the Royal Family and I have been informed of the attack in Stockholm this afternoon. The background and full extent of the incident is not yet known. We are closely following the developments, but our thoughts are already … Continue reading

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Sayōnara Japan! King Felipe and Queen Letizia Finish State Visit

  April 7, 2017 at 3:02 pm by

On the final day of their state visit to Japan, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain travelled on a Shinkansen with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko to the city of Shizuoka. Here they visited the Shizuoka Prefecture Earthquake Disaster Prevention Centre to see technologies that are being used to improve the detection and response to earthquakes. The monarchs were shown the Seismic Effects Experimentation Area, witnessing a demonstration of a chair mechanised … Continue reading

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Twenty Years of The Spanish Geographical Society Celebrated With Queen Sofia

  April 6, 2017 at 11:11 am by

Queen Sofia of Spain has attended the Spanish Geographical Society’s annual awards ceremony on Thursday at the Mutua Madrileña Auditorium in Madrid. The ceremony was also used to celebrate the Society’s twentieth anniversary. The Queen – wearing a simple navy blue dress and blazer with a set of colourful jewels – helped present awards in the categories of photography, travel, research, communication and innovation, as well as the overall ‘Spanish Geographical Society … Continue reading

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Spanish Monarchs Begin State Visit to Japan

  April 5, 2017 at 8:13 pm by

The King and Queen of Spain officially began their state visit to Japan on Wednesday, with a traditional welcoming at the Tokyo Imperial Palace by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe were also present at the welcoming. In the afternoon, King Felipe and Queen Letizia visited the National Museum of Science and Innovation to see projects that have been … Continue reading

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Hola Panda! Queen Sofia Visits Madrid Zoo Aquarium’s Newest Panda Cub

  April 5, 2017 at 2:44 pm by

Queen Sofia of Spain stopped in the Madrid Zoo Aquarium on Wednesday where she saw the zoo’s newest panda cub, Chulina, on her first walk outside of her pagoda habitat. Chulina is the first female giant panda that had been born at the Zoo. She was born last August and has remained kept inside the panda enclosure’s pagoda away from the public for the first formative months of her life. … Continue reading

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Another Day, Another Exhibition For Juan Carlos and Sofia

  April 4, 2017 at 11:09 am by

It was a case of deja vu for King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain on Tuesday as they attended the opening of an exhibition celebrating the 80th anniversary of Pablo Picasso’s Guernica (they had attended another exhibition opening the day before). The couple were given a tour of the exhibition, entitled ‘Piety and Terror in Picasso: The Road to Guernica” after the famous painting which is regarded as one of … Continue reading

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia Arrive In Japan Ahead Of State Visit

  April 4, 2017 at 7:47 am by

Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia arrived in Japan on the afternoon of April 4 ahead of their state visit to the country. Their plane landed at Haneda Airport (Tokyo International Airport) where they were welcomed by a number of officials, and a small crowd of fans. The couple will spend the next three days in Japan, upon the invitation of Emperor Akihito. King Felipe and Queen Letizia’s visit will focus … Continue reading

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Juan Carlos and Sofia Visit Museo del Prado, Open Exhibition

  April 3, 2017 at 1:30 pm by

During a visit to the Museo del Prado in Madrid on April 3, Spain’s King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia were tasked with opening a new exhibition celebrating Hispanic art and culture. ‘Visions of the Hispanic World: Treasures of the Hispanic Society Museum and Library‘ has brought over two hundred pieces from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library in New York to Spain for the first time. The King and Queen were given … Continue reading

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Spain’s Queen Visits Soria For Princess of Girona Foundation Award Ceremony

  March 30, 2017 at 2:20 pm by

Queen Letizia of Spain today visited the city of Soria where she attended the award ceremony for the 2017 Princess of Girona Foundation ‘Social’ prize. Miriam Reyes Oliva is the winner for this year, in recognition of her work in founding the non-government organisation Visual Apprentice that aims to ensure that “children with autism have the tools to reach their full potential”.  Over the course of the day following the … Continue reading

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Death of Infanta Alicia, Dowager Duchess of Calabria

  March 28, 2017 at 4:56 pm by

The Dowager Duchess of Calabria, born a Princess of Bourbon-Parma in 1917, died on March 28 in Madrid. She was 99 years old. Infanta Alicia was the wife of the Infante Alfonso, Duke of Calabria, whom she married in 1936. The couple had three children: Princess Teresa María, Infante Carlos, Duke of Calabria, and Princess Inés María. The Infanta outlived her husband by 53 years, and her only son by 17 months. … Continue reading

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Infanta Elena Launches Healthy Lifestyle Program Alongside Football Club

  March 24, 2017 at 1:04 am by

On Wednesday March 22, Infanta Elena paid a visit to the Real Sporting de Gijon Football Club where she helped launch a new healthy lifestyle program aimed at schoolchildren. ‘Living in Health’ has been established by the Mapfre Foundation and the Mareo Real Sporting de Gijón Education Foundation to teach children the importance of leading a healthy life and the “benefits of exercise and a healthy diet”. It involves various workshops to help … Continue reading

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Queen Letizia Attends ‘Tobacco or Health’ Conference in Portugal

  March 23, 2017 at 4:45 pm by

Spain’s Queen Letizia was present at the opening ceremony of the 7th Conference on Tobacco or Health (ECToH) at the Sheraton Porto Hotel in Porto, Portugal on Thursday. The Queen delivered a speech at the opening, which she began with offering condolences to the victims of the terror attack in London on Tuesday that has claimed four innocent lives. “We all stand firmly together against any form of terror or … Continue reading

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Queen Letizia Keeps It Chic in Plum and Tweed For Madrid Meeting

  March 21, 2017 at 1:04 pm by

Queen Letizia of Spain looked fantastic in a plum skirt and tweed blouse as she attended a board meeting of the Royal Board on Disability at the organisation’s Madrid headquarters. With her hair loosely curled, the Queen used the colour of her skirt to bring out the shades of purple in her blouse. Nude heels, a plum clutch and leafy drop earrings perfectly complemented the outfit. The meeting focused on … Continue reading

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Felipe & Letizia Present New ‘Honorary Ambassadors of the Spanish Brand’ in Madrid

  March 14, 2017 at 3:45 pm by

King Felipe and Queen Letizia were present at a ceremony honouring seven new ‘Honorary Ambassadors of the Spanish Brand’ as voted by the jury of the Forum of Renowned Spanish Brands (FMRE) on Tuesday March 14. The Royal Couple presented the seven Ambassadors – in the fields of business management, sports, tourism and gastronomy, culture and communication, social action, and science and innovation – with diplomas and a glass trophy during … Continue reading

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Spanish-British State Visit Confirmed For June

  March 10, 2017 at 11:34 am by

It has been confirmed this morning by the British and Spanish Royal Courts that the much-awaited state visit to the United Kingdom by King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain will take place this June. The royal couple will make the visit between June 6 and 8, at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth II. The state visit was originally planned to take place in March 2016, however was cancelled … Continue reading

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The Kings of Spain Attend ‘In Memoriam’ Concert Honouring Terrorism Victims

  March 8, 2017 at 7:35 pm by

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain this evening were present at the 15th annual concert held in memory of victims of terrorism. The couple were welcomed by representatives of the Victims of Terrorism Foundation, the organisation which puts together the concert. A minute’s silence was held before the concert by the National Institute of Performing Arts and Music, accompanied by the RTVE Orchestra and Choir, was held. A … Continue reading

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On This Day: The Duke of Anjou Marries A Franco Descendant

  March 8, 2017 at 5:00 am by

The family of Spain’s General Francisco Franco became officially linked to a branch of the country’s Royal Family, the Bourbons, when the General’s eldest grandchild, María del Carmen Martínez-Bordiú y Franco, married Alfonso, Duke of Anjou and Cádiz on March 8, 1972. Their wedding took place at chapel of the Palacio Real de El Pardo. Alfonso and María del Carmen had two children, sons Francisco de Asís and Luis Alfonso, before … Continue reading

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