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Ninth Wedding Anniversary for Felipe and Letizia

  May 23, 2013 at 10:31 am by

The Prince and Princess of Asturias celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary on May 22nd. Prince Felipe, the heir to the Spanish throne, married former television journalist Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano at a lavish wedding ceremony which was celebrated at the Cathedral of Santa María la Real de La Almudena in Madrid. The couple have two daughters: Infantas Leonor and Sofia. It was business as usual for the Prince and Princess despite … Continue reading

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Spanish Royals Attend Pledge of Allegiance to Royal Guard Ceremony

  May 14, 2013 at 10:26 am by

The Prince and Princess of Asturias, accompanied by Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz, presided over the Pledge of Allegiance to the Royal Guard Ceremony at the El Pardo Palace on May 10th. Also present during this very solemn ceremony were the Spanish Minister of Defence and the only daughter of Infanta Pilar, Doña Simoneta Gómez-Acebo. The Prince of Asturias, who was dressed in full military uniform and wore the beret … Continue reading

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Spanish Court Suspends Charges Against Infanta Cristina

  May 9, 2013 at 9:00 am by

Infanta Cristina of Spain, who had been summoned by a judge to appear in court in Palma de Mallorca, has had her imputation suspended by a Spanish court due to lack of evidence. However, the charges could be reinstated if further evidence is unearthed, the High Court of Mallorca stated. Her husband Iñaki Urdangarin is at the centre of a corruption scandal over allegations regarding the misappropriation of several million … Continue reading

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Royal of the Month: Blanche of Artois

  May 3, 2013 at 5:10 am by

Blanche of Artois is an important but long-forgotten historical figure. Born a Princess of France in 1248, Blanche was the daughter of Robert of France, Count of Artois and Matilda of Brabant. Her paternal grandparents were Louis VIII of France and Blanche of Castile, while her uncle was King Louis IX of France. Her father was killed in Egypt during the Seventh Crusade in 1250 and her younger brother, Robert, … Continue reading

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Infanta Sofía of Spain Turns 6

  April 29, 2013 at 10:40 pm by

Infanta Sofia of Spain turns 6 on April 29th. The youngest daughter of the Prince and Princess of Asturias, Sofia was born at the Ruber International Clinic in Madrid in 2007; she has an older sister, Infanta Leonor. The Infanta was named in honour of her paternal grandmother, Queen Sofia, and was baptised in the gardens of the Palacio de la Zarzuela on July 15th, 2007. Her most recent public … Continue reading

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Return of The King

  April 28, 2013 at 8:29 am by

Madrid – April 22nd, 2013 Following an absence of just under 50 days, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I made his first public appearance on Monday following his recent back surgery. The 75 year old Spanish Monarch has spent the past few weeks in recovery. His Majesty, accompanied by Queen Sofia, hosted an audience at his Zarzuela private office for Cervantes Prize winner José Manuel Caballero Bonald and his wife, … Continue reading

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Is the Spanish Monarchy in Crisis?

  April 13, 2013 at 5:57 am by

April 13th, 2013 Is the Spanish Monarchy in crisis? Many royal watchers are commenting on the current Annus horribilis of the Spanish Borbóns, and 2012 was not a good year either. The current ongoing investigation surrounding Iñaki Urdangarin in an alleged corruption scandal saw his wife, Infanta Cristina, being formally named as a suspect in the case. The fact that a Spanish Infanta has to appear in court has damaged … Continue reading

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Infanta Cristina to Face Court in Corruption Inquiry

  April 3, 2013 at 10:34 pm by

April 3rd, 2013 Infanta Cristina of Spain has been summoned by a judge to appear in court in Palma de Mallorca on the 27th of April. Her husband Iñaki Urdangarin is at the centre of a corruption scandal over allegations regarding the misappropriation of several millions euros of public funds when he was head of the non-profit Noos Institute. Iñaki Urdangarin has so far appeared twice before the Balearic Court, … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Family attend Easter Sunday Mass

  April 1, 2013 at 5:36 am by

March 31st, 2013 – Palma de Mallorca Members of the Spanish Royal Family attended the traditional Easter Sunday Mass at the Cathedral of Santa Maria de Palma de Mallorca. Present this year were Queen Sofia, the Prince and Princess of Asturias along with their two daughters Infantas Leonor and Sofia, and Infanta Elena. King Juan Carlos did not travel to the Balearic capital this Easter as he is still in … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Family Hosts Dinner In Honor Of IOC Evaluation Commission

  March 25, 2013 at 6:01 pm by

Her Majesty Queen Sofia and members of the Spanish Royal Family presided over a gala dinner in honour of the IOC Evaluation Commission at the Palacio Real in Madrid on Wednesday, March 20th. The Queen was accompanied by TRH The Prince and Princess of Asturias and the Infantas Elena and Pilar of Spain. The IOC are in Spain this week to discuss Madrid’s bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games. Prior … Continue reading

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Royals attend Papal Inauguration Mass at the Vatican

  March 19, 2013 at 11:56 pm by

March 19th, 2013  – The Vatican World leaders and members of several royal houses attended the Papal Inauguration Mass at the Vatican for His Holiness Pope Francis today. Over 200,000 pilgrims had packed into St Peters Square to witness this very solemn ceremony. Royals present were King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, Prince Felix of Luxembourg, the Prince … Continue reading

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Infanta Elena delivers Young Social Entrepreneurs Awards

  March 16, 2013 at 11:44 pm by

March 14th, 2013 – Madrid Infanta Elena of Spain delivered the 5th Young Social Entrepreneurs Awards at the European University of Madrid on March 14th. The awards, which are handed out annually, by the European University of Madrid Foundation in recognition of the merits of young entrepreneurs to improve social or environmental situations The Duchess of Lugo was accompanied to this event by the Spanish Secretary of State for Education, … Continue reading

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King Juan Carlos Leaves Hospital

  March 10, 2013 at 8:53 am by

March 9th, 2013 – Madrid After spending the previous six days in at the La Milagrosa Clinic in Madrid having had surgery on a herniated disc, King Juan Carlos was discharged from hospital on Saturday March 9th. Before leaving, the King posed for several photos with the hospital staff. As the Spanish monarch left the hospital, he briefly spoke to the awaiting media outside. Earlier in the week, members of … Continue reading

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Infanta Margarita of Spain Turns 74

  March 6, 2013 at 11:18 pm by

Infanta Margarita of Spain, Duchess of Soria and Hernani celebrates her 74th birthday on March 6th. A younger sister of King Juan Carlos I of Spain, Margarita was born in 1939 in Rome, Italy and has been blind since birth. The youngest child of the late Count and Countess of Barcelona was born during the Royal Family’s exile during the final years of the Spanish Civil War. Margarita has an … Continue reading

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Successfully Surgery for King Juan Carlos

  March 5, 2013 at 9:08 am by

March 3rd, 2013 – Madrid The Spanish Royal Court announced on Monday that the surgery on His Majesty the King for a herniated disc on his spine was a success. The 75 year old Spanish Monarch entered the La Milagrosa Clinic in Madrid on Sunday and greeted the awaiting media with a jovial “Here I go again”, which was obviously a reference to the health problems of the King over … Continue reading

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Queen Sofia visits Basílica de Nuestro Padre Jesús de Medinaceli

  March 2, 2013 at 5:19 pm by

March 1st, 2013 – Madrid Carrying on a 300 year old tradition in the Spanish Royal Family, Her Majesty the Queen paid a visit to the Basílica de Nuestro Padre Jesús de Medinaceli in Madrid. The Roman Catholic Basilica houses the shrine of the statue of Padre Jesús Nazareno, which dates from the 1680s. The Spanish Royal Family have a long history of devotion to this shrine and Statue of … Continue reading

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The Duke of Palma Back in Court

  February 25, 2013 at 10:00 am by

February 23rd, 2013 – Palma de Mallorca Inaki Urdangarin, the husband of Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca was back in court in Palma de Mallorca on Saturday. A year after he was first summoned, a tired-looking Urdangarin made his way to the Balearic Islands Superior Court of Justice in Palma, capital of the Balearic Islands. The Duke Consort, who is the only son-in-law of King Juan Carlos, is … Continue reading

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More Surgery for King Juan Carlos

  February 25, 2013 at 9:35 am by

The Spanish Royal Court announced on February 21st that King Juan Carlos will undergo surgery on March 3rd for a herniated disc in his lumbosacral spine and a spinal stenosis. The surgery will be performed by Dr Manuel de la Torre Gutiérrez and his team at the Clínica La Milagrosa in Madrid. The aging Spanish Monarch underwent a medical examination on February 15th. This surgery will follow a recent operation … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Family Receive National Handball Team

  February 18, 2013 at 9:41 am by

The Spanish Royal Family received the Spanish Handball National Team at the Zarzuela Palace on Monday, February 11. Present at the reception were Their Majesties the King and Queen and the Prince and Princess of Asturias. The Spanish team are the current world handball champions, having beating Denmark at the tournament finals on January 27th. In a speech the King congratulated the entire team, their coaches and technical staff. His … Continue reading

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Infanta Elena attends the Opening of the 21st AULA Exhibition

  February 18, 2013 at 4:57 am by

In her first official act of 2013, Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo presided over the opening of the 21st AULA Exhibition at the Parque Ferial Juan Carlos I in Madrid. The AULA Educational Exhibition is according to the Europa Press ‘dedicated to improving the quality of teaching and guiding young people in their choice of studies’. The Duchess of Lugo was accompanied by the Spanish Minister for Education, Jose Ignacio … Continue reading

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