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T.M.s King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain Attend a Meeting at Zarzuela Palace

On October 11, 2011, Their Majesties King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia along with Infanta Elena attended the annual meeting of the Board of the Instituto Cervantes, held in the Audience Hall of the Palace of La Zarzuela.  Per the official website for the royal house of Spain, Casa de Su Majestad el Rey:

In his speech, the King recalled the twentieth anniversary of the Instituto Cervantes, ‘a key institution for global projection of our language and culture in Spanish. Learning Spanish is still a preferred option for many people around the world,’ added King Juan Carlos, who noted that Cervantes has become one of the institutions’ most appreciated by the Spanish. 

Likewise, His Majesty said that this anniversary should serve ‘to broaden horizons, to imagine new ways and continue to open ourselves to continuous innovation in contemporary society requires.’ King Juan Carlos said that the ‘effort of all we must ensure that the Spanish were at the top of modernity’, and it is ‘necessary to strengthen its role in strengthening international relations and use in communication technologies and information.’ Before concluding, King Juan Carlos paid tribute to the memory of Ernesto Sabato, Gonzalo Rojas and Josefina Aldecoa.

 The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Trinidad Jiménez, Minister of Education, Angel Gabilondo, the Minister of Culture, Ángeles González-Sinde, Secretary of State for International Cooperation and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Soraya Rodriguez Ramos, director of the Cervantes Institute, Carmen Caffarel, among others.

 King Juan Carlos was in charge of opening the session and give the floor to the Prime Minister for reading and approval of the minutes of the last meeting of the Board, which was approved. Then the director of Instituto Cervantes presented the annual report. Later involved the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and the Prime Minister. After the speech of the King, there was an ample opportunity for questions.

 During the ceremony, four new trustees were welcomed: Juan Manuel Blecua, director of the Royal Spanish Academy, the Colombian writer Laura Restrepo; Enrique Gonzalez Macho, president of the Academy of Motion Picture and writer Jordi Sierra i Fabra.

The Instituto Cervantes is the institution created by Spain in 1991 for the promotion and teaching of Spanish language and the dissemination of Spanish and Hispanic culture. Its headquarters are in Madrid and Alcala de Henares, birthplace of the writer Miguel de Cervantes, while the centers of the Institute are spread over four continents.

Under the honorary presidency of His Majesty the King, the Prime Minister exercises the chief executive and elected members have been appointed from among prominent representatives of literature and Spanish and Latin American culture, of the Royal Academies, universities and other social institutions, as they are born writers vocal Prize for Literature Miguel de Cervantes (Cervantes Prize).

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TRH Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias At the Real Academia de la Lenga

This afternoon TRH Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias were at the Academia de la Lengua in Madrid, Spain.  The couple were apart of the presentation of “… the new spelling of Spanish Language…”

According to the Spanish channel, RTVE.es:

One of the novelties of the new spelling is that Prince is written in lowercase p. All titles, positions or employment of any rank are common, and therefore should be initial lower case. Examples include king and pope.

Here is a video clip, in Spanish, with some explanations.


Photos courtesy of Daylife.com by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images and noticias.terra.es

TRH Crown Prince Felipe and Crown Princess Letizia of Spain Participate in the Opening of the AVE High Speed Line in Madrid

TRH Crown Prince Felipe and Crown Princess Letizia of Spain attended the opening of the AVE high speed train in Madrid this morning.

The Crown Princely couple along with dignitaries, which included the Minister for Development, José Blanco, the President of Congress, José Bono, and the President of the Madrid region, Esperanza Aguirre, and the Madrid Mayor, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, listened to speeches whilst at the Madrid station prior to boarding the train.

According to the site, Typically Spanish:

The line is part of the new link to the Levante coast, which will be officially opened as far as Valencia this coming Saturday, when it will be up to King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía to make the trip.

Prince Felipe said that high speed trains had ‘given us international prestige, and strengthened the image of the Spain brand in a lasting way’.

Crown Prince Felipe and Crown Princess Letizia also had the chance to visit the control center (the driving thingy) within the high speed train as well as spending time with various attendees at the event.



To read more about this event please visit this link below.


Source: www.typicallyspanish.com and Photos courtesy of Ministerio de Fomento.

TRH Crown Prince Felipe and Crown Princess Letizia Attend the Patronage of the Foundation Prince of Girona

On December 13, 2010, TRH Crown Prince Felipe and Crown Princess Letizia attended the Patronage of the Foundation Prince of Girona at the El Pardo Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain.

Crown Felipe gave a speech while Crown Princess Letizia sat and listened… and looked amazing while doing so.

Photos courtesy of noticias.terra.es