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King Felipe and Queen Letizia yesterday finished a two day introduction trip to Morocco.

King Felipe with King Mohammed. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fortógrafos

King Felipe with King Mohammed. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fortógrafos

The stop by Their Majesties to the nearby Kingdom was the second international trip since they rose to power. The first was to see the Pope in Vatican City.

King Mohammed presents King Felipe and Queen Letizia with the Collar of Wissam Al Mohammadi. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fortógrafos

King Mohammed presents King Felipe and Queen Letizia with the Collar of Wissam Al Mohammadi.

King Felipe’s father, King Juan Carlos, worked for decades to maintain good relations with Morocco.

The two countries have numerous issues in common, including the former Spanish colony and now disputed Western Sahara territory, plus two remaining Spanish enclaves in Africa.

Both countries often cooperate on issues of terrorism and immigration.

At the Mausoleum of King  Mohammed V.

At the Mausoleum of King Mohammed V.

Separately, the Royal Household confirmed to Spanish media outlets that King Felipe and Queen Letizia will follow royal tradition and vacation in Palma de Mallorca for at least a few days this summer.

Queen Sofia is a big fan of staying in Palma  and Marivent Palace, but Queen Letizia is less keen on spending her vacation in the public eye.

King Felipe VI has decided that political appointees can be sworn in without a Bible and crucifix, as has has been long-standing tradition, media outlets are reporting.

King Felipe swears-in new Constitutional Court magistrate at Zarzuela Palace.

King Felipe swears-in new Constitutional Court magistrate at Zarzuela Palace.

King Felipe has decided that the Bible and crucifix are optional, as a way of promotion freedom of religion as enshrined in the Constitution.

Don Felipe’s recent proclamation as King was different from his father’s in that it didn’t include a crucifix.

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Prince Felipe proclaimed King in 2014.

Prince Juan Carlos proclaimed King in 1975.

Prince Juan Carlos proclaimed King in 1975.

Former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, a fierce Catholic, used to display large crucifixes for events.

It has been a busy week for King Felipe and Queen Letizia.

It started with a short but whirlwind trip to Portugal, which included visits with the country’s leaders and civil society.

Their Majesties with Portuguese Preisdent Aníbal Cavaco Silva and his wife at Queluz Palace. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

Their Majesties with Portuguese Preisdent Aníbal Cavaco Silva and his wife at Queluz Palace. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

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King Felipe and President Silva.

Queen Letizia with Portuguese First Lady María Cavaco Silva and Paula Cost, President of the Portuguese National Association of Mental and Rare Diseases.

Queen Letizia with Portuguese First Lady María Cavaco Silva and Paula Cost, president of the Portuguese National Association of Mental and Rare Diseases.

This week King Felipe attended the wake for Spanish soccer legend Alfredo Di Stéfano Laulhe at Madrid’s Bernabéu Stadium. Queen Letizia, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia also sent their condolences.

Queen Letizia gets mobbed by crowds during a Spanish Red Cross event.

Queen Letizia gets mobbed by crowds during a Spanish Red Cross event.

The King also attended military and institutional ceremonies this week.

King Felipe welcomes recruits at the Zaragoza Military Academy.

King Felipe granting Royal Dispatches at the Zaragoza Military Academy.

King Felipe swears-in new Constitutional Court magistrate at Zarzuela Palace.

King Felipe swears-in new Constitutional Court magistrate at Zarzuela Palace.

Tomorrow the King will host a meeting of Spain’s National Security Council at Zarzuela Palace, the first of his reign.

Even though most of the attention has been on the new Monarchs, Queen Sofia, King Felipe’s mother, made an appearance at the Valencia Nautical Club this week. It was not on the Royal Household’s official agenda.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia this week were in Vatican City to meet with Pope Francis.

The trip was part of the new Monarchs’ ongoing effort to meet with world leaders.

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

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

Even though Spain has strong secular institutions, the Monarchy retains the tradition of closeness to Catholic leaders.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia will next week make a trip to Portugal.

King Felipe promised to be more present in Catalonia amid that region’s ongoing flirtation with independence.

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Their Majesties with Catalan President Artur Mas. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

Today King Felipe and Queen Letizia attended the Prince of Girona Foundation awards ceremony in that Catalan community.

He said he wanted to make the Crown “more present in this land” and once again highlighted his commitment to “our Parliamentary Monarchy.”

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The King’s daughter, Princess Leonor is the current Princess of Asturias and of Girona.

Queen Letizia appeared with a short hairdo today, but it appears to be the faux bob she’s worn before.

Separately, this week Spain’s armed forces saluted their new chief during a ceremony at the Royal Palace in Madrid.

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

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

King Felipe has named Jaime Alfonsín Alfonso as Chief of the Royal Household, and is adding a diplomatic aide post. He is also making sure his parents, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, keep some staff at their disposal.

King Felipe’s efforts at restoring the Crown’s standing with the Spanish public came as a Balearic Islands judge decided to try his sister, Infanta Cristina, on corruption related charges connected with her husband’s business dealings.

Prosecutors disagree with the judge and are continuing to fight his decision to include the Infanta in the proceedings.

King Felipe began his reign last Friday, one day after his proclamation, with a meeting at Zarzuela Palace with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Regular meetings between the Monarch and the head of government are a common part of Spanish political life.

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

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

He then presided over a gathering to honor victims of terrorism.

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Yesterday Queen Letizia attended an exposition at El Prado Museum in Madrid.

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Meeting with gay rights groups

Their Majesties made the most news today when they met with numerous representatives of Spanish civil society groups, including gay rights organizations.

Gathering at El Pardo Palace.

Gathering at El Pardo Palace.

Media reports say it is the first meeting between Spanish Monarchs and gay rights advocates. The country is known as one of the world’s most liberal on the issue.

Prince Felipe became King of Spain at midnight Spanish time.

This morning, as planned, King Juan Carlos held a small ceremony at Zarzuela Palace to symbolically hand-over command of the armed forces.

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

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

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Infanta Elena and her son Felipe, far right, were part of the Zarzuela Palace ceremony.

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, along with their young daughters Princess Leonor of Asturias and Infanta Sofia, then headed over to the Congress Palace.

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Also there were Queen Sofia, Infanta Elena and other members of the King’s Family. King Juan Carlos did not attend the proclamation to not overshadow his son.

Parliamentarians cheered the traditional “Viva España, Viva El Rey!”

The King swore to uphold the Spanish constitution, spoke in favor of human rights and democracy, and offered a strong defense of the Monarchy.

“The independence of the Crown, its political neutrality and its search for unity amid ideological differences, allow it to contribute to the stability of our political system,” the King said.

The King also alluded to ongoing nationalist and separatist rumblings in certain communities. “Unity is not uniformity,” he said, in an effort to honor Spain’s diversity.

“In a Spain that is united and diverse, based on the equality of all Spaniards, and the solidarity among its different communities and respect for the rule of law, we all fit,” said the new King.

Don Felipe said improving Spain’s economic situation was paramount, and stressed the need for Spain to be a leader in promoting a strong and united Europe.

© Casa de Su Majestad el Rey / Agencia EFE

© Casa de Su Majestad el Rey / Agencia EFE

King Felipe then proceeded in open car to the Madrid Royal Palace. Crowds gathered along the way.

© Casa de Su Majestad el Rey / Agencia EFE

© Casa de Su Majestad el Rey / Agencia EFE

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The new Royal Family greets crowds in Madrid’s Plaza de Oriente from the Royal Palace balcony. King Felipe and Queen Letizia were then scheduled to greet 2,000 guests at the Royal Palace.

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King Felipe, Queen Letizia, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia.

U.S. President Barack Obama released a statement of congratulations this morning.

“I look forward to working closely with King Felipe VI and continuing to strengthen this bond in the years to come. As Spain celebrates this transition and looks ahead to the future, the American people celebrate along with the people of Spain,” he said.

King Felipe is adopting a Royal Standard slightly different from his father’s. It lacks the Cross of Burgundy and the background is maroon.

 

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