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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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Infanta Margarita Leaves Hospital

  July 15, 2012 at 7:09 am by

Madrid – July 10th, 2012 Her Royal Highness Infanta Margarita, Duchess of Soria and Hernani left the Ruber Hospital in Madrid on July 10th. The youngest sister of King Juan Carlos was admitted to the hospital earlier this month suffering from a high fever. Over the past few days, the Infanta received visits from her husband Don Carlos, her daughter Doña María Zurita, her sister Infanta Pilar and sister-in-law, Queen … Continue reading

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King Juan Carlos to visit Russia on July 18 and 19

  July 15, 2012 at 7:08 am by

The Spanish Royal Court has announced that King Juan Carlos will make an official two-day visit to the Russian Federation on July 18th. This solo working visit by His Majesty comes only five weeks after a visit to both Brazil and Chile in early June. The King will be accompanied by the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mr Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, along with a Spanish trade and business … Continue reading

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Infanta Elena Attends Opening of Rio Football Academy

  July 8, 2012 at 8:54 am by

July 5th,2012 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Her Royal Highness Infanta Elena of Spain travelled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to attend the opening ceremony of a new football academy in the suburb of Alemao. The Academy is situated at the Olympic Village Complex Alemao and was launched by Rio de Janeiro City Council and the FC Barcelona Foundation. The $1.5-million dollar football academy’s main aim is to train children … Continue reading

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Royals Celebrate with Doris Brynner in Paris

  July 5, 2012 at 11:35 pm by

Crown Prince and Princess Pavlos of Greece were in Paris on Tuesday night, to attend a reception at the Dior salons which was celebrating Doris Brynner’s appointment to the Order des Arts et des Lettres. Mrs Brynner, who is the executive of Dior’s home furnishings department, was awarded the Order for her contributions to the arts and meeting the required “contribution to the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance.” She … Continue reading

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Infanta Margarita Admitted to Madrid Hospital

  July 5, 2012 at 8:30 am by

Madrid, Spain – July 4th, 2012 Her Royal Highness Infanta Margarita, Duchess of Soria and Hernani has been admitted to a Madrid hospital having suffered a high fever. The youngest sister of King Juan Carlos was due to attend the opening of the academic year of the Dukes of Soria Foundation but was too unwell to do so. Around this time last year, Infanta Margarita was also admitted to the … Continue reading

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Queen Sofia’s Visit to the Philippines

  July 3, 2012 at 8:46 am by

July 2nd,2012 Her Majesty The Queen embarked on a five-day visit to the Philippines on Monday July 2nd, 2012. Queen Sofia was accompanied by the Spanish Secretary of State for International Cooperation and Latin America and was warmly received with full honours at the Ninoy Aquino Airport in Manila. This visit by Queen Sofia is her third visit to the Philippines and follows previous visits in 2002 and 2003. The … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Family Host an Audience for National Football Team

  July 3, 2012 at 6:48 am by

Madrid – July 2nd, 2012 His Majesty The King was joined by Their Royal Highnesses The Prince and Princess of Asturias and the Infantas Leonor, Sofia and Elena at the Palacio de la Zarzuela to host an audience in honour of the National Football Team. Shortly after arriving at the Madrid-Barajas Airport, the winning Spanish Team departed for the Palace where they were greeted by a jubilant King Juan Carlos … Continue reading

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Prince Felipe attends Euro 2012 Final in Kiev

  July 3, 2012 at 6:16 am by

Kiev, Ukraine – July 1st, 2012 His Royal Highness The Prince of Asturias attended the UEFA Euro 2012 Final between Spain and Italy on Sunday in Kiev, Ukraine. Prince Felipe joined thousands of Spanish supporters at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev to watch the match. Seated in the Royal Box with the Prince of Asturias was the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy ,and the Spanish Minister of Culture, Education and … Continue reading

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Queen Sofia attends “India en Concierto”

  June 25, 2012 at 9:21 am by

Madrid – June 19th, 2012 Her Majesty the Queen attended the “India en Concierto” concert at the Caxia Forum in Madrid on Tuesday June 19th. Her Majesty was accompanied by her younger sister, Her Royal Highness Princess Irene of Greece, the Spanish Secretary of State for Tourism, Elizabeth Borrego, and the Indian Ambassador to Spain. The concert was organised by the Indian Embassy in collaboration with the Indian Council for … Continue reading

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Spanish Official Visit to the United States

  June 24, 2012 at 6:51 am by

New York City, USA – June 19th, 2012 Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Asturias started a five day official visit to the United States of America on Tuesday June 19th. The aim of this visit is to strengthen bilateral relations between the USA and the Kingdom of Spain. The Prince and Princess arrived in New York City in the afternoon of June 19th, they were accompanied by … Continue reading

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Infanta Margarita attends Bruce Springsteen Concert

  June 21, 2012 at 10:38 am by

Madrid – June 17th, 2012 Her Royal Highness Infanta Margarita of Spain attended Bruce Springsteen’s sell-out Madrid concert on June 17th. The younger sister of King Juan Carlos I joined up to 60,000 fans of ‘The Boss’ at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid. The Infanta was among many famous faces, including actor Danny DeVito and several high profile Spanish celebrities. Infanta Margarita, the Duchess of Soria and Hernani is … Continue reading

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Closing Ceremony of the ‘Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia’

  June 17, 2012 at 11:59 pm by

Madrid – June 12th, 2012 Her Majesty The Queen presided over the closing ceremony of the 2011/2012 School of Music Reina Sofia at the El Pardo Palace in Madrid on Tuesday June 12th. Queen Sofia was accompanied by Infanta Margarita, Duchess of Soria and Hernani and her husband Don Carlos Zurita, Duke of Soria and Hernani. The Queen arrived tenderly linking her blind sister-in-law by the arm and both royal … Continue reading

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