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(VIDEO) Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain Visits the Milan Expo.

On Thursday, July 23, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain visited the 2015 Milan Expo, held under the theme, Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,  in Milan, Italy.

Her Majesty is the Special Ambassador for FAO Nutrition.

(VIDEO) HM King Felipe VI of Spain Gives an Award to a Former L.A. Laker.

On the morning of Wednesday, July 15, 2015, His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain presented the 2015 Premio Camino Real to Spanish-born and former Los Angeles Laker power-forward, Mr. Pau Gasol, at the Universidad de Alcalá in Alcalá de Henares.

Mr. Gasol, who currently plays for the Chicago Bulls, received the award for his great basketball career in the United States, his philanthropy and leadership skills, and for basically being an overall nice guy.

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(VIDEOS) TMs King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain Welcome the President of Romania to Madrid.

On Monday, July 13, 2015, Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain welcomed the President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Werner Iohannis, and his wife, Ms. Carmen Iohannis, at Palacio de La Zarzuela in Madrid.

After a photo-op for the press Their Majesties hosted a luncheon in honor of President Iohannis’s official visit to Spain.

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(VIDEO) Queen Sofia of Spain Receives an Award.

On Tuesday, June 23, 2015, Queen Sofia of Spain received the UNICEF Comité Español’s 2015 Joaquín Ruiz-Giménez Award.  The ceremony, presided over by Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain, was held at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas in Madrid.

Queen Sofia received the award for her “…work and commitment in support of the most vulnerable people, especially the children, in the last 50 years.”

(VIDEO) A Duchess No More. Infanta Cristina Loses Her Title!

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On the evening of Thursday, June 11, 2015, by royal decree His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain formally stripped his sister, Infanta Cristina, of the title The Duchess of Palma de Mallorca.

Per a press release via the Spanish royal court:

“De conformidad con lo dispuesto en el artículo 6 del Real Decreto 1368/1987, de 6 de noviembre, sobre régimen de títulos, tratamientos y honores de la Familia Real y de los Regentes, he resuelto revocar la atribución a Su Alteza Real la Infanta Doña Cristina de la facultad de usar el título de Duquesa de Palma de Mallorca, que le fue conferida mediante Real Decreto 1502/1997, de 26 de Septiembre.

Así lo dispongo por el presente Real Decreto.
Dado en Madrid, el 11 de junio de 2015.
Firmado: Felipe, Rey, y el presidente del Gobierno, Mariano Rajoy Brey”

The short version in English “By Royal Decree 470/2015, of June 1, by which the faculty of using the title Duchess of Palma de Mallorca is revoked from Her Royal Highness Infanta Doña Cristina.”

Last December a Spanish judge ordered the princess “…to stand trial on tax fraud charges…” according Reuters News.

inaki urdangarin 2012Meanwhile, her shady husband, Mr. Iñaki Urdangarin, and his former business partner, Mr. Diego Torres, are scheduled to stand trial sometime later this year.

The two are accused of embezzlement, fraud, misuse of public funds, and forgery from the non-profit organization they once presided over, Instituto Nóos.  For more information about the case please click here. 

And, finally, here is a recent news documentary, in Spanish, about Infanta Cristina.

(VIDEO) The King and Queen of Spain Attend the 2015 Premio Príncipe de Viana de la Cultura.

On the afternoon of Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain attended the 2015 Premio Príncipe de Viana de la Cultura held at the Monasterio de San Salvador de Leyre in Navarra, Spain.

The winner of the award went to writer, poet, and musicologist, Mr. Ramon Andres Gonzalez-Cobo.

Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain Participates in a Meeting in Madrid.

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On Tuesday, June 9, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain participated in a meeting with members of the Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer (AECC) at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid.

Held under the theme, Desayuno con Empresas , today’s meeting was aimed to “…raise awareness of the business sector on the social problem of cancer…” according to the Spanish royal court.

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Photo courtesy of Casa Real

(VIDEO) His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain Attends an Inauguration in Madrid.

On Monday, June 8, 2015, His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain attended the inauguration of Agua y Saneamiento: Un Reto Compartido en América Latina held at the Casa de América in Madrid.

Today’s opening meeting was organized by the Cooperación Española and the Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID).

(VIDEOS) The King and Queen of Spain Visit Paris, France.

On June 2, 2015, Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain arrived in Paris, France for a three-day state visit.  Upon their arrival at the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile the reigning couple were warmly welcomed to the City of Lights by the President of France, Mr. François Hollande, and other government officials.

After a meeting with President Hollande and photo-op for the press at the Palais de l’Élysée Their Majesties arrived at the Grand Palais Galeries Nationales to view the exhibition, Velázquez and the Triumph of Spanish Painting.

This evening King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia will attend a dinner, held in their honor, at the Palais de l’Élysée hosted by President Hollande.

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His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain Opens the 12th Edition of the Carbon Expo.

On May 26, 2015, His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain officially opened the 12th Edition of the Carbon Expo Trade Fair and Conference held at the Fira de Barcelona.

The three-day event has become the “…leading platform for progressive businesses, finance and governments, facilitating innovation, promoting enhanced understanding of new policy instruments and identifying ways to access and leverage climate finance, especially between countries facing comparable challenges…”

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TMs King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain Preside Over a Ceremony at El Pardo.

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On May 22, 2015, Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain presided over the Oath of Allegiance of the Royal Guards ceremony held at the El Rey Barracks at El Pardo in Madrid.

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Photo courtesy of Casa Real

TMs King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain Hold Audiences.

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On the morning of May 18, 2015, Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain held various audiences at Palacio de La Zarzuela in Madrid.

The reigning couple met with representatives from the Spanish magazine, Semena.  The well-known publishing house is celebrating their 75th anniversary this year.  Later, Their Majesties met with members of the Fundación Comité Español de los Colegios del Mundo Unido and representatives from several companies who are collaborating with the Alianza para la Formación Profesional Dual, an initative of the Fundación Bertelsmann, la Fundación Princesa de Girona, la Confederación Española de Organizaciones Empresariales (CEOE), and the Cámara de Comercio de España.

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(VIDEOS) His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain and His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan Attend the 57th International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen.

On Thursday, May 14, 2015, His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain and His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan attended the 57th International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen in Aachen, Germany.

The prize “…honors exceptional work performed in the service of European unity. According to its bylaws, it is given to public figures or bodies ‘distinguished by their outstanding work toward European unity or cooperation between its states.’ “

Dr. Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, was presented with the prize for his efforts as an “…outstanding mentor of a united Europe who has earned important and lasting merits for his efforts towards a strengthening of parliament, parliamentarianism, and democratic legitimation in the EU.”

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