'A servant queen': World pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II
Across the globe, the death of Queen Elizabeth II has prompted reflections on the historic sweep of her reign and how she succeeded in presiding over the end of Britain’s colonial empire and embracing the independence of her former dominions.
Spain’s Princess Leonor presides 1st event without parents
Spain's Princess Leono arrives with Spain's Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo, left, for an event to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Cervantes Institute in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday March 24, 2021. This is the first time Princess Leonor has presided an official event alone without the presence of her father, King Felipe VI. (Ballesteros/Pool photo via AP)MADRID – Spain’s Princess Leonor de Borbón presided over her first public event without the presence of her father, King Felipe VI, on Wednesday at the 30th anniversary celebration of a language and cultural center. The 15-year-old Leonor was accompanied by deputy prime minister Carmen Calvo on her arrival at the Cervantes Institute's headquarters in Madrid. The Cervantes Institute promotes the learning of the Spanish language and literature around the world.
Spanish king's sisters vaccinated on trip to see dad in UAE
The sisters of Spanish King Felipe VI have acknowledged on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, that they were administered COVID-19 vaccines during a visit to the United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza, File)MADRID – Two untimely coronavirus jabs have dealt another blow to the reputation of Spain's royals. The vaccination by the king’s sisters was widely criticized across Spain. The sisters of Spain’s King Felipe VI are no longer part of the official royal household, which said that the 53-year-old Felipe, Queen Letizia and their two daughters have not yet been vaccinated. Health Minister Carolina Darias, from the senior, Socialist partner of the governing coalition, made a distinction between Felipe and his sisters.
Angry youths rattle Spain in support of jailed rap artist
A man throws a bouquet of flowers against a national police station during a protest condemning the arrest of rap singer Pablo Hasel in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)BARCELONA – The imprisonment of a rap artist for his music and tweets praising terrorist violence and insulting the Spanish monarchy has set off a powder keg of pent-up rage this week in the southern European country. The arrest of Pablo Hasél has brought thousands to the streets for different reasons. Under the banner of freedom of expression, many Spaniards strongly object to putting an artist behind bars for his lyrics and social media remarks. AdAs well as shouting its support for Hasél, a crowd that gathered in Madrid on Saturday chanted “Where is the change?
Princess Leonor, heir to Spanish throne, to study in Wales
Heir to the Spanish throne, 15-year-old Princess Leonor will study a two-year course at UWC Atlantic College, in southern Wales, the Spanish royal household announced Wednesday Feb. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, FILE)MADRID – The heir to the Spanish throne, 15-year-old Princess Leonor, is going to study in Wales, the Spanish royal household said Wednesday in an announcement that caused a commotion over the state broadcaster's reporting. The Spanish royal family has been at the center of a controversy in recent years over the conduct of former monarch Juan Carlos, Leonor's grandfather, whose financial affairs are under investigation by magistrates. Princess Leonor obtained admission to the school anonymously, taking several tests before being accepted, the royal household said. The royal household statement noted the school's “open and critical approach.”
Spanish court takes over new investigation of ex-king
MADRID – Spanish Supreme Court prosecutors have taken over a new investigation into the financial activities of ex-King Juan Carlos, who recently left Spain to live in an unspecified country following the opening of probes against him in Spain and Switzerland. The prosecutor's office gave no details of the probe, but private news agency Europa Press said prosecutors confirmed it concerned the case mentioned by elDiario.es. The card expenses relate to the period 2016-2018, following Juan Carlos' abdication in 2014. EDiario.es said the probe didn't concern his son, current Spanish King Felipe VI, or Queen Leticia. Juan Carlos allegedly then transferred a large amount to a former companion in what investigators are considering as a possible attempt to hide the money from authorities.
Where's Juan Carlos? Spain mulls former monarch's future
FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday, June 2, 2019, Spain's former King Juan Carlos waves at the bullring in Aranjuez, Spain. The royal familys website on Monday Aug. 3, 2020, published a letter from Spains former monarch, King Juan Carlos I, saying he is leaving Spain to live in another country, amidst a financial scandal. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas, FILE)MADRID Speculation over the whereabouts of former monarch Juan Carlos gripped Spain on Tuesday, a day after he announced he was leaving the country for an unspecified destination amid a growing financial scandal. Daily newspaper ABC reported Tuesday that Juan Carlos left Spain on Sunday and flew via Porto, in neighboring Portugal, to the Dominican Republic. Juan Carlos allegedly then transferred a large amount to a former companion in what investigators are considering as a possible attempt to hide the money from authorities.
Spain, Portugal leaders mark border reopening with pomp
From left to right: Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa, Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and Spain's King Felipe VI during a ceremony to mark the reopening of the Portugal/Spain border in Badajoz, Spain, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The border was closed for three and a half months due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Spain to mourn virus victims for unprecedented 10-day period
No other country so far has announced an observance on the scale of Spain's 10-day mourning period, an event unprecedented since the country reinstated democratic rule in 1978. Three years earlier, when dictator Gen. Francisco Franco died, a 30-day mandatory mourning period was declared. Three days of mourning were observed in March 2004 for nearly 200 victims of Al-Qaeda-inspired attacks on Madrid commuter trains. They should have declared the mourning days ago, Madrid resident Conchita Hernndez, 77, said. Her husband, Agustn lvarez, 77, compared the Spanish capitals nearly 9,000 virus-related deaths to the casualties during times of war.