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Doña Victoria Federica Celebrates 12th Birthday

  September 10, 2012 at 11:11 pm by

September 9th, 2012 Her Excellency Doña Victoria Federica de Marichalar y Borbón celebrated her 12th birthday yesterday. Doña Victoria is the only daughter of HRH Infanta Elena of Spain, Duchess of Lugo and Don Jaime de Marichalar. The eldest granddaughter of Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain, she is currently sixth in the line of succession to the Spanish Throne. Doña Victoria Federica has an … Continue reading

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Infanta Elena and Children in London with Spanish Paralympic Team

  September 1, 2012 at 10:17 am by

London – August 28th, 2012 Infanta Elena of Spain and her two children, Don Felipe Juan Froilán and Doña Victoria Federica de Marichalar travelled to London to support the Spanish Paralympic team at the London Paralympics 2012. Infanta Elena, the Duchess of Lugo, is the Honorary President of the Spanish Paralympic Committee. On Tuesday August 28th, Infanta Elena and Doña Victoria attended the flag raising ceremony at the Spanish Paralympic … Continue reading

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Duke & Duchess of Palma and Family Return to Barcelona

  September 1, 2012 at 9:39 am by

Barcelona – August 27th, 2012 Earlier this week, Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma, her husband Don Inaki Urdangarin and their four children, Juan, Pablo, Miguel and Irene, returned to their Barcelona residence. It is also believed that their four children will return to school in Barcelona shortly after the summer holidays. The family have lived in Washington, D.C. since 2009, when the Duke took up a lucrative position with Spanish … Continue reading

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Prince Felipe visits the Dominican Republic

  August 20, 2012 at 9:59 am by

August 15th-17th, 2012 – Dominican Republic It was back to work for The Prince of Asturias on August 15th after a short holiday on the Balearic Island of Mallorca. The Prince flew to the Dominican Republic to attend the inauguration of the nation’s President-Elect, Danilo Medina Sánchez. The Prince was there to represent the Spanish Crown, and arrived in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, on Wednesday August … Continue reading

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King Juan Carlos Hosts Dinner for Balearic Authorities

  August 17, 2012 at 9:59 am by

August 8th,2012 – Palma de Mallorca His Majesty the King hosted the annual dinner for the Balearic Islands’ authorities at the the Royal Palace of La Almudaina in Palma de Mallorca. King Juan Carlos was joined by the Queen and the Prince and Princess of Asturias. Notably absent was Infanta Elena and her younger sister, Infanta Cristina and her husband, who have all been present over the past few years. … Continue reading

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Infantas Leonor and Sofia In Mallorca

  August 13, 2012 at 3:06 am by

Palma de Mallorca – August 2012 The Prince of Asturias and his two daughters, the Infantas Leonor and Sofia, arrived at Palma de Mallorca Airport during the afternoon of August 3rd. The Prince and his 2 daughters then travelled onto the Marivent Palace in Palma de Mallorca where they joined Queen Sofia, Infanta Elena and her children, Don Felipe Juan and Doña Victoria Federica. The Princess of Asturias arrived a … Continue reading

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King Juan Carlos Suffers Another Fall

  August 5, 2012 at 7:52 am by

Madrid – August 2nd, 2012 His Majesty King Juan Carlos suffered another fall yesterday while on a visit to the Defence Headquarters in Madrid. It appears that the King stumbled on a step having inspected and saluted a guard of honour and fell. The King immediately got back up and suffered nothing more than a few cuts and bruises to his chin and nose. The King later continued his visit … Continue reading

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Spanish Summer Holidays 2012 Begin

  July 31, 2012 at 9:17 am by

Members of the Spanish Royal Family have arrived on the Balearic Island of Mallorca to begin their traditional Summer Holiday on the island. On Sunday, Her Majesty the Queen arrived at the Marivent Palace in Palma de Mallorca, where she was joined by Infanta Elena and her children, Felipe Juan Froilan and Victoria, and also the four children of Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca – Juan, Pablo, Miguel … Continue reading

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Infanta Pilar Turns 76

  July 31, 2012 at 8:53 am by

July 30th, 2012 Her Royal Highness Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz, Grandee of Spain, Dowager Viscountess de la Torre turned 76 yesterday. The Infanta is the elder sister of King Juan Carlos of Spain and also has a younger sister, Infanta Margarita. Infanta Pilar was born in Cannes, France on July 30th, 1936 during the exile of the Spanish Royal Family. Her full name is María del Pilar … Continue reading

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Duke and Duchess of Palma, Family Return to Barcelona

  July 29, 2012 at 8:47 am by

Barcelona – July 27th, 2012 Her Royal Highness Infanta Cristina of Spain, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca returned to Spain this week with her husband Don Inaki Urdangarin, Duke Consort of Palma de Mallorca and their four children. Having arrived in Madrid earlier this week, the Palma family travelled onto their Barcelona residence. It was announced recently that the Infanta Cristina and her children will travel next to Palma de … Continue reading

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Queen Sofia Presides Over Spanish Olympic Reception in London

  July 27, 2012 at 8:14 pm by

London, England – July 26th, 2012 Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain presided over a reception at the Spanish Embassy in London in honour of the Spanish Olympic Team. The Queen was accompanied by her sister-in-law, Her Royal Highness Infanta Pilar of Spain. Also present was the Spanish Ambassador to the United Kingdom, the Mayor of Madrid, the President of the Spanish Olympic Committee, and the Secretary of State for … Continue reading

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Royalty and the Olympics: Competitors

  July 27, 2012 at 9:36 am by

There is just over six hours to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXX Olympiad! Our third and final blog entry focusing on combined royal and Olympic history showcases royals who have themselves competed in an Olympic Games. Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia, Stockholm 1912 Prince Friedrich Karl competed for the German team in the team jumping event, winning a bronze medal for his efforts. Grand … Continue reading

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Infanta Pilar in London with the Spanish Olympic team

  July 26, 2012 at 7:09 am by

London, England – July 24th, 2012 Her Royal Highness Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz arrived at Heathrow Airport in London on July 24th with the Spanish Olympic team. The elder sister of King Juan Carlos I of Spain, is a member of the Honorary Council of the Spanish Olympic Committee and was accompanied by her only daughter, Doña Simoneta Gómez-Acebo. On July 25th, Infanta Pilar, Alejandro Blanco – … Continue reading

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Royalty and the Olympics: IOC Membership

  July 26, 2012 at 5:48 am by

Continuing with our look at Royals and the Olympics, today the TRF Blog focuses on royals – both reigning and non-reigning – who are members of the International Olympic Committee. There are a number of royals who have current IOC membership, listed here in alphabetical order of the country they represent, as well as three who were made Honorary Members following the end of their active membership. Many of these … Continue reading

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Royalty and the Olympics: Host Nations

  July 25, 2012 at 8:29 am by

With the Games of the XXX Olympiad kicking off on Friday in London, the TRF Blog will be looking at the connection between Royal Families and the Summer Olympic Games throughout history over the next few days. Our first blog entry focuses on royal nations which have hosted a Summer Olympic Games. Greece: Athens 1896 The first Games of the Modern Olympiad were held in the traditional home of the … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Family host Audience for Olympic Team

  July 24, 2012 at 7:32 am by

Madrid – July 23rd, 2012 Members of the Spanish Royal Family hosted an audience for the Spanish Olympic Team at the Palacio Real de El Pardo in Madrid earlier today. Present were Their Majesties The King and Queen and Their Royal Highnesses The Prince and Princess of Asturias. After meeting the team, the King delivered a speech wishing the team ‘much success’ and the King also expressed his thoughts for … Continue reading

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King Juan Carlos Removed as Honorary President of the WWF

  July 24, 2012 at 7:17 am by

Madrid – July 21st, 2012 The Spanish branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature voted on Saturday to remove King Juan Carlos I as Honorary President of the WWF. This position has been held by His Majesty since its creation in Spain in 1968. Following the bad publicity and outcry generated by the King’s ill advised elephant hunting trip to Botswana in April, the Spanish WWF charity voted overwhelmingly … Continue reading

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Spainish Royal Family Takes Another Pay Cut

  July 19, 2012 at 9:12 am by

Madrid – July 18th, 2012 The Spanish Royal Court has announced that the King and Prince of Asturias are to have their salaries cut by 7.1 percent. In another move to reduce the Royal budget, expenses claimed by other members of the Royal Family will also be cut. The Royal budget for 2012 was set at around €8.3, which is down 2% from 2011 and overall quite small compare to … Continue reading

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Infanta Pilar attends Spanish Olympic Committee Ceremony in Madrid

  July 19, 2012 at 8:56 am by

Madrid – July 14th, 2012 Her Royal Highness Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz attended the Spanish Olympic Committee opening ceremony in Madrid on July 14th. The elder sister of His Majesty King Juan Carlos I is a member of the Honorary Council of the Spanish Olympic Committee. Present was Spanish judoka champion, Isabel Fernández, who won a gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Isabel later … Continue reading

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Don Felipe de Marichalar Turns 14

  July 17, 2012 at 9:17 am by

His Excellency Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar y Borbón celebrates his fourteenth birthday on July 17th. The eldest son of Infanta Elena of Spain and Don Jaime de Marichalar, he is currently fifth in the line of succession to the Spanish Throne. Don Felipe Juan was named in honour of his uncle, Prince Felipe, and great-grandfather, Infante Juan the Count of Barcelona; but he is often referred to by his … Continue reading

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