Spanish newspaper El Pais is praising King Felipe’s new budget cuts to Royal Household spending, including his own salary.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia visiting the Freixenet winery in Barcelona.  © Casa de S.M. el Rey

King Felipe and Queen Letizia visiting the Freixenet winery in Barcelona. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

The new King has moved to further professionalize the Crown, implementing new codes of conduct, including a ban on certain gifts.

Don Felipe has also moved to cut travel and protocol expenses, and boost technology.

King Felipe inspecting Spanish Armada operations. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

King Felipe inspecting Spanish Armada operations. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

King Juan Carlos had already started reforms and cuts, further making the Spanish Royal Household among the cheapest head of state operations in Europe.

King Juan Carlos I, Spain’s former head of state, responded in recent days to a paternity lawsuit against him, according to media outlets.

Spain’s Supreme Court recently agreed to consider one of two long-standing paternity cases against Don Juan Carlos.

Now the King’s attorneys are questioning the facts surrounding Ingrid Sartiau’s claims. The Belgian citizen says King Juan Carlos is her father.

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

The Spanish courts had long declined to hear Sartiau’s claims because, under the Constitution, the King was inviolable.

But Don Juan Carlos’ abdication in favor of his son, now King Felipe VI, means he is no longer immune from litigation.

However, all claims against him go straight to the Supreme Court. And he is using private attorneys as opposed to those under Royal Household payroll.

King Juan Carlos appears to be enjoying his semi-retirement. Photographers often catch him enjoying favorite meals around Spain.

King Felipe arrived today in Ethiopia to participate in the ongoing African Union Summit, in an effort to strengthen Spain’s relationship with the continent.

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© Casa de S.M. el Rey

Don Felipe met with African leaders, including Egyptian President Abdelfatah Al-Sisi and Tunisian leader Béji Caïd Essebsi.

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King Felipe with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon © Casa de S.M. el Rey

Spain not only has former colonies in Africa, but also tries to keep strong relations with countries like Morocco and Tunisia.

King Felipe this week presided over Spain’s official remembrance of the holocaust at the Palace of the Senate in Madrid.

Don Felipe met with Spain’s Jewish and Roma leaders, on a day that is also an opportunity to stress the prevention of other crimes against humanity.

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© ​Casa de S.M. el Rey

King Felipe highlighted the plight of all discriminated people’s and reminded the audience that no societty is fully protected against such nonsense.


The official agenda for the King and Queen has picked up in recent days following the Christmas and Epiphany holidays.

This week His Majesty presided over a swearing-in at Zarzuela Palace, seen below.


King Felipe and Queen Letizia also walked through the annual tourism fair in Madrid.


The tourism fair is a big deal for Spain, one of the world’s top destinations. The event brings more than 9,000 businesses and 200,000 visitors from all over the planet, according to the Royal Household.

King Felipe over the weekend rushed to Saudi Arabia, along with other global leaders, after the death of King Abdullah.

Don Felipe met with members of the Saudi Royal family, including new King Salman.

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© Casa de S.M. el Rey

King Juan Carlos, King Felipe’s dad, worked to develop a close relationship with royals in Saudi Arabia and around the Arab World.

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King Felipe with French President Francois Hollande and Ukranian President Petro Poroshenko. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

Spain’s Supreme Court this week accepted a paternity suit against King Juan Carlos, the country’s former head of state, said media outlets.

At issue is Belgian citizen Ingrid Sartiau’s claim to be the King’s daughter from an extra-marital affair.

The Supreme Court, however, denied a similar claim from Spanish citizen Albert Solá Jiménez because of lack of evidence.

A prosecutor already recommended against moving forward with both cases.

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King Juan Carlos. © Agencia EFE

The paternity claims against Don Juan Carlos have been circulating for years, but he King’s former inviolability meant suits could not proceed.

The legal landscape changed when King Juan Carlos abdicated last year in favor of his son Prince Felipe, now King Felipe.

The Spanish government gave the Supreme Court exclusivity in cases dealing with King Juan Carlos and other members of the Royal Family as a measure of protection against frivolous litigation.

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King Juan Carlos remains a deeply admired figure because of his role in restoring democracy in Spain.

However, he thrived more when the media was less keen on reporting about the Royal Family’s private lives.

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King Felipe watches over Spain’s new top prosecutor taking her oath of office. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

A recent survey found renewed support for the Crown in Spain under new King Felipe and Queen Letizia, which people identified as among those they most valued.

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia with National Research Award winners at the Royal Palace in Madrid. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

King Felipe today observed a moment of silence at the Royal Palace in Madrid in remembrance of the victims of yesterday’s terrorist attach in Paris.


King Felipe with Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo.

The King held the moment of silence during a ceremony to receive credentials from new ambassadors to Spain.


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