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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.
© Dany Virgili

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.

Majestic Eggs

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

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.

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

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

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. 

King Juan Carlos, King Felipe’s father, made his second recent appearance since abdicating over the weekend.

He attended a game of the Basketball World Cup between Spain and Iran in held in Granada.

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

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

King Felipe also attended a basketball game late last month between Spain and Argentina, which was in preparation for the world cup.

© Federación Española de Baloncesto (FEB)

© Federación Española de Baloncesto (FEB)

King Felipe has been holding meetings at Zarzuela Palace with a number of government officials or global leaders.

Outlets say the Royal Household is working extra at dealing with a series of potential setbacks, including ongoing corruption allegations against Infanta Cristina and her husband.

Rumors of separation

Rumors have also been circulating that King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia will announce a formal separation in the near future.

While only rumors, they come from Spanish journalist Pilar Eyre, who has written about the royals, and more recently an Italian newspaper.

However, it’s difficult to know what to believe. Another report said King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, while not seen in public together for months, had regular lunches.

Catalan newspaper editor Javier Godó, Count of Godó and Spanish Grandee, is said to have warned Their Majesties against soiling the institution with divorce or formal separation.

It is said that King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia live largely separate lives. He is said to have cheated on her numerous times.

If a separation does happen, there may be a change in living arrangements for Queen Sofia, who may opt for living in Mallorca.

Divorce, while unlikely, could create much more complicated issues dealing with the Queen Mother’s role and legal status.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia are continuing efforts to make the Spanish Crown more inclusive.

This year’s reception at Almudaina Palace in Palma de Mallorca, a summer tradition, included several hundred guests from across the political and social spectrum.

King Felipe, Queen Letizia and Queen Sofia. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

King Felipe, Queen Letizia and Queen Sofia.
© Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

On of King Felipe and Queen Letizia’s first acts was to convene representatives from civil society, including representatives of the gay and lesbian advocacy community. They did something similar last week in Palma.

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King Felipe also last week hosted his first meeting with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy at Marivent Palace in Mallorca.

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Then on Saturday His Majesty handed out awards at the 33rd annual King’s Cup regatta.

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Observers are wondering whether King Felipe and Queen Letizia will continue vacationing in the Balearic Islands and follow through with the associated traditions.

This year they stuck to the script wanting to boost the Monarchy’s standing rather than anger people who have gotten used to seeing the Royal Family on the island every year.

King Juan Carlos reappeared this week during a planned visit to Columbia, as Spain’s representative to President Juan Manuel Santos’ swearing-in.

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

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

King Juan Carlos has been out of sight for weeks, since his son become King and Spain’s Head of State.

During his visit to Colombia, Don Juan Carlos met with local officials and business leaders.

He also highlighted Columbia and Spain’s historical ties, and the new King’s efforts to boost those ties.

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King Juan Carlos with President Santos. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

Meanwhile, King Felipe this week met with Balearic Islands officials at Almudaina Palace in Palma de Mallorca. Don Felipe and Queen Letizia are vacationing at the nearby Marivent Palace.

King Felipe with Balearic Islands President José Ramón Bauzá. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

King Felipe with Balearic Islands President José Ramón Bauzá.
© Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

Their Majesties are scheduled to hold a reception with Balearic Islands officials and civil society representatives.

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