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King Felipe highlighted Spain’s role in the international arena and called for unity amid strong divisions at home, particularly from Catalan separatism.

Don Felipe, speaking at the United Nations last week, noted the soon to be celebrated 40-year anniversary of the Spanish transition.

The King said the transition “allowed us to pass from a dictatorship to a politics of freedom and human rights, marked by a commitment to historic reconciliation and a spirit of coexistence.”

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© Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

King Felipe, marking the first address to the General Assembly of his young reign, said Spain had a “profound sense of equality, and rejects fanaticism, violence, intolerance and loves piece.”

Even though the King’s speech as international in nature, it’s hard for observers not to attempt ties to the current controversy in Spain.

The Spanish government either helps write or approves His Majesty’s messages. It’s the same government calling for unity amid separatism, and rejecting the Catalan Government’s planned referendum on statehood or independence.

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Queen Letizia sits with Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, who is originally from Argentina. The two have seemed to have developed a friendship. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

Noting a version of Pablo Picasso’s famous painting Guernica, which shows the horrors of the Spanish Civil War, which was particularly harsh on Catalonia and is seen as the true beginning on World War II, King Felipe called for “more unity against fanaticism, intolerance and barbarism.”

He called for “more unity to fight poverty, misery and marginalization. More unity for education and health care for all. And more unity to defend with resolve the dignity of all human beings.”

King Felipe and Queen Letizia give U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon a dedicated picture from their proclamation. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

King Felipe and Queen Letizia give U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon a dedicated picture from their proclamation.
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Their Majesties have several more trips planned, including to Catalonia and abroad to countries including Mexico.

Ever since King Juan Carlos abdicated the Spanish throne, speculation has surrounded Queen Sofia — What will her role be? Will she spend more time with family and friends abroad?

It appears that Queen Sofia’s commitment with the Spanish people is not diminishing. She has remained in the public eye, recently attending a performance of Mozart’s Requiem in Toledo.

Queen Sofia greeting a crowd of well-wishers. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

Queen Sofia greeting a crowd of well-wishers.
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Media reports say the Queen Mother will continue making official appearances on behalf of the Crown and will keep heading the Queen Sofia Foundation.

This week Her Majesty was in Barcelona in that role, opening a meeting on neurodegenerative diseases.

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We’ll likely see more members of the Royal Family visit Catalonia more often amid pro-independence rumblings there.

King Felipe met with U.S. President Barack Obama in New York City while both leaders were attending the United Nations Climate Summit.

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© Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

Spanish Royals have worked to strengthen relations with the U.S. and have invited President Obama to Spain numerous times.

King Juan Carlos met with the U.S. President at the White House in 2010 and Fist Lady Michelle Obama has visited the royals at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid and Marivent Palace in Mallorca. But no formal state visit has been planned on either side of the Atlantic.

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© Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

During his speech at the climate summit today, Don Felipe spoke about the need to tackle climate change and Spain’s efforts at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

He said countries could not afford to wait because a small rise in global temperatures could put human lives and societies at risk.

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© Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

Yesterday King Felipe, who studied international relations at Georgetown University, met with Fulbright Scholars at the Institute for International Education.

He spoke about U.S. political and historical ties with Spain, and about shared values of freedom and Democracy. Plus, he highlighted economic ties amid the ongoing crisis in Europe.

Don Felipe also met with King Hussein of Jordan to discuss ongoing troubles in the Middle East.

He and Queen Letizia atogether met with Spaniards working at the U.N. and Spanish scientists working in the U.S.

Queen Letizia took some time yesterday to visit the Dos Puentes School in Harlem to promote bilingual education.

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Queen Letizia also met with the heads of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization.

Tomorrow King Felipe will deliver remarks at the opening of the new session of the U.N. General Assembly.

King Juan Carlos is setting the stage for a new foundation, El País Royal Family reporter Mábel Galaz wrote in recent days.

There has been much speculation about the King Felipe’s father will have post-abdication. It now seems His Majesty wants to have an active retirement.

King Juan Carlos. © Dany Virgili

King Juan Carlos.
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Galaz’s sources tell her the foundation, to be reviewed by the Spanish government and King Felipe, will include prominent personalities.

Amid rumors of divorce between King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, Galaz said no such thing was in the plans. The same goes for Don Juan Carlos marrying his lover.

King Juan Carlos and King Felipe have also been working on the ongoing transfer of power between the two sovereigns.

King Felipe opening the school year.

King Felipe opening the school year.

And Queen Letizia is carving out a role for herself within the Royal Family, including taking over at least some of Queen Sofia’s public duties.

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This week Queen Letizia celebrated her birthday giving out a parliamentary journalism award at the Spanish Senate.

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King Juan Carlos, King Felipe’s father, appears to be getting comfortable with his new-found freedom.

Residents of the Spanish city of Burgos spotted His Majesty at a local eatery, where he had fried eggs and blood sausage.

Don Juan Carlos chatting with former basketball players. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

Don Juan Carlos chatting with former basketball players.
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News outlets continue reporting that King Juan Carlos will, at some point, divorce Queen Sofia. New reports say he’s preparing to marry his mistress. But El Mundo says the rumors are untrue and that both former sovereigns have a cordial relationship.

King Felipe, Queen Letizia, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia offered the family of Banco Santander SA Chairman Emilio Botín their condolences after his death this week.

Don Felipe told reporters that Botín made Santander into “a global bank,” and called him a “great man” who has “done much for Spain.”

The King made his comments during a Supreme Court ceremony to open the 2014-2015 judicial year.

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© Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

The judicial agenda continues to include the possible trial of the King’s sister Infanta Cristina stemming from an ongoing corruption case against her husband. Both have denied wrongdoing.

The issue stems from his leadership of a non-profit company that obtained contracts with local governments. Judges specializing in corruption, El País reported, will review her potential involvement.

Queen Letizia is helping lead the Spanish Royal Family’s effort at modernizing its image and appealing to young people.

News outlets have noted in recent months her willingness to go our in public dressed down and not wearing makeup, at least during her “off time.”

They are also giving her credit for pushing her husband, King Felipe, into meeting with gay rights advocates.

Now that vacations are over, the pair are said to have resumed a tight agenda.

Their Majesties welcomed Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez and his wife at the Royal Palace in Madrid today.

It is worth noting that a Spanish company is helping build the Panama Canal expansion.

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The King and Queen also visited the Picasso Museum in Málaga last week, where crowds greeted them.

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Queen Sofia, King Felipe’s mother, is also comfortable in casual clothing, but she’s certainly more conservative in her approach.

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Queen Sofia in Mallorca. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

Both Queen Sofia and King Juan Carlos, while not seen together in months, have made some public appearances since his abdication.

Last month Don Juan Carlos traveled to Panama on an official trip and Queen Sofia was an observer at a recent meeting.

The Royal Household has been working on developing more permanent roles for King Felipe’s mother and father. 

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