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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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Spanish Royal Family’s Luncheon for President of Guatemala

  February 18, 2013 at 4:52 am by

The Spanish Royal Family hosted a luncheon in honour of the official visit to Spain by the President of Guatemala and the First Lady at the Palacio Real in Madrid. The official visit from Guatemala took place between February 12th and 14th. The visit began with a private audience at the Zarzuela Palace between the King and the President, Mr.Fernando Perez Molina. Present at the luncheon at the magnificent Palacio … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Family host Diplomatic Corps Reception

  January 24, 2013 at 7:00 pm by

January 23rd – Madrid King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia hosted the annual New Years reception given to the diplomatic corps accredited in Spain at the Palacio Real in Madrid. Their Majesties were accompanied by the Prince and Princess of Asturias, and the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, who was joined by his wife. This year’s reception saw the number of invited guests reduced from last year’s 300 to around … Continue reading

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Royal Audiences At The Zarzuela Palace

  January 19, 2013 at 5:23 am by

Members of the Spanish Royal Family held a series of audiences at a Reception Room of the Zarzuela Palace this week. On January 15th, The Prince of Asturias hosted an audience for the Secretary of Defense of the United States of America, Mr. Leon Edward Panetta. The following day Prince Felipe hosted audiences for the Real Sociedad Deportiva Alcala, the first International Congress of Digital Photography, The Chamber of Commerce … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Family Preside Over Pascua Militar Celebrations

  January 8, 2013 at 1:12 pm by

Madrid – January 6th, 2013 Members of the Spanish Royal Family presided over the annual Pascua Militar Celebrations in Madrid on January 6th, 2013 – the Roman Catholic Feast of the Epiphany. The traditional ceremony started at noon and took place at The Palacio Real in Madrid. In attendance this year were the King, Queen and the Prince and Princess of Asturias. His Majesty the King, despite still being on … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Family Preside Over National Sports Awards

  December 10, 2012 at 9:19 pm by

Madrid – December 5th, 2012 The Spanish Royal Family presided over the National Sports Awards which were held at the El Pardo Palace in Madrid on December 5th. Attending the awards this year were Queen Sofia, the Prince and Princess of Asturias, and Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo. Absent this year were King Juan Carlos, who is still in recovery from his hip operation, and Infanta Pilar, who was a … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Family Host Latin American Leaders in Cadiz

  November 20, 2012 at 10:56 am by

November 16th, 2012 – Cadiz On Friday November 16th, King Juan Carlos I hosted the heads of state from Portugal and many Latin American countries at the XXII Ibero-American Summit in the city of Cadiz. The king began the day with a series of pre-summit meetings with the President of Colombia and the President of Ecuador; he later hosted a noon luncheon for the Mexican President, which was also attended … Continue reading

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The Queen of Spain Turns 74

  November 4, 2012 at 3:10 am by

Her Majesty the Queen of Spain celebrated her 74th birthday on November 2nd. The ever-popular Queen Sofia was born a Princess of Greece in 1938, the eldest child of the late King Paul of Greece and Queen Frederika. The then-Princess Sophia of Greece has two younger siblings, ex-King King Constantine II of Greece and Princess Irene of Greece. The future Queen Consort of Spain married Infante Juan Carlos of Spain … Continue reading

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The 2012 Prince of Asturias Awards

  October 27, 2012 at 10:35 pm by

The 2012 prestigious Prince of Asturias Awards took place last Friday, October 26th, in Oviedo, the historical capital of the Principality of Asturias. Shortly before noon on Thursday October 25th, the Prince and Princess of Asturias granted a series of audiences at the Council Room of the Reconquista Hotel in Oviedo. Later that evening, the Prince and Princess of Asturias attended a concert at the Auditorio Principe Felipe in Oviedo. … Continue reading

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Queen Sofia’s Visit to Bolivia

  October 24, 2012 at 9:08 pm by

October 15th-19th, 2012 Her Majesty Queen Sofia embarked on a four-day visit to the Republic of Bolivia from October 15th until October 19th. Queen Sofia was accompanied on this visit by the Spanish Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Latin America, Jesus Gracia. The aim of the visit was to reaffirm that Bolivia will remain a priority for aid by the Spanish Government, despite the dire economic climate … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Family Celebrate National Day 2012

  October 15, 2012 at 9:32 am by

On Friday October 12th, the Spanish Royal Family presided over the annual National Day celebrations in Madrid. Members of the Royal Family present this year were the King and Queen, the Prince and Princess of Asturias and Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo. Notably absent this year was the presence of Infanta Cristina and her husband the Duke Consort of Palma de Mallorca. Also notable this year was the fact that … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Ladies Support Red Cross Fundraising Day

  October 14, 2012 at 5:11 am by

October 10th, 2012 – Madrid As on previous “Día de la Banderita”, female members of the Spanish Royal Family presided over Madrid’s “Día de la Banderita de la Cruz Roja Española” or Red Cross Day. Attending this years fundraising stalls were Queen Sofia, Princess Letizia and Infanta Elena. Her Majesty arrived at the Carrera de San Jerónimo in Madrid at twelve noon and was greeted with loud bursts of applause … Continue reading

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Spanish Royals attend Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Anniversary

  October 11, 2012 at 6:47 am by

October 8th, 2012 Members of the Spanish Royal Family attended the twentieth anniversary celebrations of the founding of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid. The King and Queen were accompanied by Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz. To coincide with the anniversary celebrations, Their Majesties opened the exhibition “Gauguin and the Trip to the Exotic”, which features over 100 works by 19th century French Post-Impressionist artist, Paul Gaugin. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum was … Continue reading

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Queen Sofia Visits Areas hit by Spanish Floods

  October 8, 2012 at 10:56 pm by

October 5th, 2012 Queen Sofia paid a visit to some of the areas affected by the recent terrible flash flooding in Andalusia and Murcia. The devastating late September floods left eleven people dead. On October 5th,Queen Sofia arrived by helicopter to the town of Puerto Lumbreras and Her Majesty later went on to visit the towns of Villanueva del Rosario and Pueblo Laguna de Vera, where much of the area … Continue reading

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Spanish Royals Honour Regimiento de Caballería Acorazado “Alcántara”

  October 2, 2012 at 6:10 am by

October 1st, 2012 – Madrid The Spanish Royal Family presided over a solemn military ceremony in the courtyard of the Palacio Real in Madrid for the imposition of the Distinguished Cross San Fernando to the Alcantara Regimental Cavalry Banner. Present today were The King, Queen, Prince and Princess of Asturias, Infantas Elena and Pilar, Infanta Margarita and her husband the Duke of Soria, Infante Carlos and his wife Princess Anne. … 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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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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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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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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