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Prince and Princess of Asturias visit Romania: Last Day

  July 30, 2009 at 2:50 pm by

After two days of intense diplomatic activity, yesterday Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia had time to make cultural and charity visits and also met with others royals. They went to the National Museum of Bucharest where they visited an important medieval Exhibition. Afterwards they visited Centro San Marcelino Champanat of Los Hermanos Maristas, a center in Bucharest that developed a program to help children and youth. San Marcelino Champanat was … Continue reading

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Prince and Princess of Asturias visit Romania: Day two

  July 29, 2009 at 4:01 am by

On their second day of their official visit to Romania, the Prince and Princess of Asturias began the day with a working breakfast with representatives of Spanish companies in Romania. Later on Prince Felipe had a meeting with Romanian Prime Minister, Emil Boc, at Victoria Palace, headquarters of the Prime Minister administration. Soon afterward the Princess of Asturias joined her husband in order to visit the Parliament where they met … Continue reading

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Prince and Princess of Asturias visit Romania; Day One

  July 27, 2009 at 1:26 pm by

Prior to starting their summer vacations in Palma de Mallorca, where the Spanish Royal Family usually visit in summer, Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia are currently in Romania for a three day official visit, with the aim of supporting the Spanish investments in the area, and promoting bilateral relations between both nations. Accompanied by a delegation of 80 businessmen and shortly after their arrival at Henri Coanda airport in Bucharest, … Continue reading

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King and Queen of Spain inaugurate Largest Telescope in the World

  July 25, 2009 at 9:30 pm by

On Friday, July 24, the King and Queen of Spain officially inaugurated the GTC (Gran Telescopio Canarias) or Grantecan, which is consider the most powerful and advanced telescope with which to observe the universe. The new “Crown Jewel” is situated at 2,400 meters above sea-level, in one of the top astronomical sites in the Northern Hemisphere: Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (RMO), on La Palma Island, a declared World Biosphere … Continue reading

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TV Movie about Queen Sofia to be Made

  July 20, 2009 at 8:06 am by

Spanish production company Sagrera Audiovisual and television channel Antena 3 will shortly begin filming a miniseries about the lesser-known life moments of Queen Sofia of Spain. According to El Mundo newspaper, the casting to choose the actors will take place next month and it is still unknown the name of the actress that will play the role of Queen Sofia. It’s also been reported that the filming will begin in … Continue reading

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Busy as Bees: A lineup of the Spanish Royal Siblings’ recent outings

  July 7, 2009 at 9:09 am by

Summer may be just around the corner but the children of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia are still hard at work with their royal duties. A few days ago Prince Felipe was in Panama to attend the inauguration of the new President, Ricardo Martinelli. His wife Princess Letizia didn’t stay home while hubby was away; she had her own date with the people too. In just a day, the … Continue reading

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Ismaíl Kadaré, 2009 Prince of Asturias Award for Letters

  June 29, 2009 at 2:26 pm by

Six of the eight Awards which are presented annually by the Prince of Asturias Foundation have been bestowed already; the awards for sport and concord will be announced in September. The Award for Letters was officially announced on Wednesday 24 June and goes to Albanian writer Ismaíl Kadaré. The Jury considers his work to be full of beauty and profound commitment. “Using everyday language which is nonetheless full of lyricism, … Continue reading

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G’day mate! Spanish Monarchs Say Hello from Down Under

  June 28, 2009 at 2:17 am by

The opening of Australia’s first Instituto Cervantes center was among the key highlights of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofi­a’s latest state visit to Australia. The visit comes at the heels of the King and Queen’s state visit to neighboring New Zealand, which ended just a day before they arrived in Oz. They were greeted by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Australian opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull, and Governor-General Quentin Bryce as … Continue reading

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Fashion for a True Cause: Princess Letizia Attends Fashion Event for the Disabled

  June 24, 2009 at 12:18 pm by

It could have easily been any other show, but Princess Letizia’s latest outing was not what others would expect of a fashion event. Nearly two weeks ago the Princess of Asturias inaugurated the II Jornada sobre Moda y Necesidades Especiales, an event organized by the Asociación Nacional Discapacidad y Medios de Comunicación (Adimeco) in collaboration with the Sociedad Estatal para el Diseño. This event is a unique one, for it … Continue reading

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Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research

  June 24, 2009 at 2:30 am by

On Wednesday 17 in Oviedo, the jury of the Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research has officially announced their decission to bestow the award to Martin Cooper, discover of the the first handheld mobile telephone and to Raymond Samuel Tomlinson, the man who chose the @ sign to separate local from global e-mails in the mail address. The jury considers that these two discoveries are among the … Continue reading

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Spanish State Visit to New Zealand: Day 2

  June 23, 2009 at 9:56 pm by

Today has been the second and final day of the State Visit of Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain. Today there were two ceremonies for the royal visitors, who spent the day in the capital city, Wellington. The first was a wreath laying at National War Memorial and Tomb of the Unknown Warrior; His Majesty laid a wreath. This was followed by a welcome ceremony at parliament, which … Continue reading

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Spanish State Visit to New Zealand: Day 1

  June 22, 2009 at 1:16 am by

Their Majesties King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain today began a brief state visit to New Zealand. They arrived late Sunday evening (local time) in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city; this after a brief stop-over in Singapore en route from Spain. The royal couple is in New Zealand with a high-powered business delegation, including Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos and the Secretary of State for Trade Silvia … Continue reading

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The University of Mexico, 2009 Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities

  June 10, 2009 at 7:56 am by

Today in Oviedo, the jury for the 2009 Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities has decided to bestow the prize to the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The jury considers that “throughout the hundred years of its existence, the National Autonomous University of Mexico has been the academic and educational model for numerous generations of students from diverse countries and has provided the Ibero-American sphere with the most … Continue reading

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Letizia, Cristina and Máxima lunch in Barcelona

  June 9, 2009 at 5:12 am by

Princess Letizia, Infanta Cristina and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands had a private meeting yesterday in Barcelona, the city where Infanta Cristina lives. Princess Letizia was in Barcelona to attend the presentation of the first oncology research grant in Cosmocaixa. Princesss Máxima travelled to Barcelona with a delegation of the Council for Microcredits of the Netherlands to learn about The Caixa MicroBank; the social bank of the Catalan entity; and … Continue reading

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Letizia’s Fashion On Tour in Colombia and El Salvador

  June 5, 2009 at 3:34 pm by

Crown Prince Felipe and Crown Princess Letizia embarked on a week long tour of Colombia and El Salvador beginning on the 26th May. Arriving at Bogota airport, Letizia wore a casual beige jacket and grey trousers (she had left from Madrid wearing the same outfit). She accessorised the look with a favourite scarf, her trademark platform shoes from Spanish high-street shop Mango and a Burberry bag. image The couple attended … Continue reading

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Former Greek King Out of Intensive Care

  June 5, 2009 at 5:30 am by

Greece’s Former King, Constantine II, is now out of the Intensive Care Unit at Wellington Hospital and in a private room according to a message posted to the family’s site. The June 3 update says the King “is surrounded by family and is recovering satisfactorily.” The King is recovering from a scheduled open heart surgery and has had visits from his sisters, Queen Sophia of Spain and Princess Irene of … Continue reading

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Sir David Attenborough, 2009 Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences

  June 5, 2009 at 3:30 am by

The British scientist Sir David Attenborough was honoured yesterday in Oviedo with the 2009 Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences. The Jury has decided to bestow on him the prize as his work is considered one of the great contributions to the defence of life and the conservation of our planet. The Jury also considered that “his interest in the problems of our times, his permanent pursuit of excellence … Continue reading

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Queen Sofia Talks about Drugs in Barcelona

  June 3, 2009 at 10:47 pm by

Today, Queen Sofia of Spain attended in Barcelona the Congress, “Let’s talk about drugs. Families and Youth united for Prevention,” hosted by La Caixa Foundation and the Help against Drug Addiction Foundation (FAD), of which her Majesty is Honorary President. The congress’s main goal is to be a reflection forum which may help professionals to check, in a critical way, the prevention of the problems related the drugs. Also their … Continue reading

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Queen Sofia visits her Brother in Hospital

  June 2, 2009 at 3:16 pm by

Last Sunday, May 31, Queen Sofia and her sister Princess Irene of Greece flew from Santander, where the Queen was attending the celebration of the Spanish Armed Forces Day, to London on board a Ryanair flight to visit their brother Constantine II, Former King of Greece. King Constantine is recovering from a heart operation in the Intensive Care Unit at Wellington hospital.

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Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia Visit El Salvador

  June 2, 2009 at 3:08 pm by

On May 30, the Prince and the Princess of Asturias arrived at San Salvador, El Salvador, to visit the President elect, Mauricio Funes. In the afternoon, Prince Felipe and Princess Letzia inaugurated the Spanish Agency of Cooperation’s Tecnic office. During their visit to the new office the Prince and the Princess were informed about the different cooperation projects in El Salvador. On Saunday Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia had a … Continue reading

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