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Old 11-11-2016, 08:21 AM
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Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia are attending the Opening of the Courts!!


It's at Casa Real agenda: http://www.casareal.es/ES/Actividade...spx?data=12979

I'm so happy they're attending, but at the same time I'm worryed. With the current climate at the congress and all those leftish and republicans representatives, and I'm afraid we can expect protests outside like on Rajoy's investment Maybe they're taking them there hoping that the deputies will behave out of respect for the girls, who knows....

Well, I hope nobody complains ever again that they are hiding them
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Old 11-11-2016, 08:28 AM
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Thanks for the updates Annie,I was beginning to think we'd never see the first State Opening of The Cortes of King Felipe VI's reign!
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Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia are attending the Opening of the Courts!!


It's at Casa Real agenda: http://www.casareal.es/ES/Actividade...spx?data=12979

I'm so happy they're attending, but at the same time I'm worryed. With the current climate at the congress and all those leftish and republicans representatives, and I'm afraid we can expect protests outside like on Rajoy's investment Maybe they're taking them there hoping that the deputies will behave out of respect for the girls, who knows....

Well, I hope nobody complains ever again that they are hiding them
I usually complain but I have to say, this is absolutely an event where the girls should be in attendance, I don't find them too young and if there are protests so be it. At least for Leonor this will be the environment of her supposed position.

So far F&L have only brought the girls when they absolutely had to, when it comes to the institution, and this is one of those events.
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Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia are attending the Opening of the Courts!!


It's at Casa Real agenda: http://www.casareal.es/ES/Actividade...spx?data=12979

I'm so happy they're attending, but at the same time I'm worryed. With the current climate at the congress and all those leftish and republicans representatives, and I'm afraid we can expect protests outside like on Rajoy's investment Maybe they're taking them there hoping that the deputies will behave out of respect for the girls, who knows....

Well, I hope nobody complains ever again that they are hiding them
I believe that their parents will prepare them for event by explaining that there could be some outbursts. That being said I hope that those inclined to having one during the ceremony will temper their response.
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Old 11-16-2016, 07:55 AM
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Tomorrow is the big day. As a start, Rajoy wants to ban memes, social network users’ way of gaining comic revenge on the politicians that rule people's lives. If this is the biggest problem in Spain, good luck!

No joke: Spanish prime minister's party suggests ban on internet memes

As an act of protest, Podemos will not attend the military parade or the King's salute during the solemn opening of the Cortes on Thursday. Asked if they will applaud Felipe VI's speech, that it will depend on what he says.

Podemos se borra del saludo al Rey y del desfile en la apertura solemne de las Cortes | España Home | EL MUNDO
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God forbid if there's a big State affair and they don't get full spotlight
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It starts at 12 pm CET (50 minutes from now).

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I like that enormous canopy!
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Old 11-17-2016, 12:48 PM
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Old 11-17-2016, 12:57 PM
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Nice ceremonial. Luckily the banners, flags, canopies, ceremonial display etc. added a great couleur locale to the solemn event.
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It must have been a warm autumnal day in Madrid given that no one wore coats,I hope Leonor and Sofia had a memorable State Opening of the Cortes!
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From what I've heard and read, there was no "boo", lucikily. Not any glaring protest. I'm saying this because of the girls...
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Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia are attending the Opening of the Courts!!


It's at Casa Real agenda: Casa de Su Majestad el Rey de España - Actividades y Agenda - Solemne ceremonia de Apertura de la XII Legislatura

I'm so happy they're attending, but at the same time I'm worryed. With the current climate at the congress and all those leftish and republicans representatives, and I'm afraid we can expect protests outside like on Rajoy's investment Maybe they're taking them there hoping that the deputies will behave out of respect for the girls, who knows....

Well, I hope nobody complains ever again that they are hiding them
i doubt that any protests that need to take place will stop out of 'respect' to leonor and sofia's presence. unfortunately spain's problems are deeply engrained and the presence of two little girls will have zero effect in whatever needs to take place.

on another note, the press noted letizia's leg appeared to have a big bruise.

La Reina Letizia llega al Congreso con un moratón en su pierna | loc | EL MUNDO
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Several spanish media are discussing that Letizia was in bad mood/absent-minded/angry, only distracted by watching every move of her daughters, even signalling them when to clap or stop clapping.

Social networks are full of comments about the obvious, suggesting she participated in the Mannequin Challenge where people imitate mannequins and freeze in front of the camera, a new trend.

¿Por qué estaba Letizia tan seria en el Congreso? En Twitter tienen una teoría
La seriedad de Doña Letizia, protagonista de las Cortes | loc | EL MUNDO
La mala cara de Letizia en la Apertura de Legislatura y su Varela repetido
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Old 11-19-2016, 11:39 AM
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That is my problem with Letizia indeed. With her eternal skin-tight dresses, her non-verbal communication (or the lack of it), her flatter-than-flat profile. Come on, show the world Letizia! You are the Queen!
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It looks so out of place, people curtsying to girls aged 9 and 11 years. Must be some die hard monarchists among the guests.
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It looks so out of place, people curtsying to girls aged 9 and 11 years. Must be some die hard monarchists among the guests.
Curtsying is a custom that is still observed in the Spanish court. As HRHs, it is perfectly appropriate that Leonor and Sofia should be curtsied to.
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Letizia did look tense but that could have been nerves and I noticed there was no warmth/smile/chit chat with the Prime Minister upon meeting him,this is something that comes natural to queen Sofia.
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