Queen Letizia Looks Polished in a Plum Suit Reply

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  • The royal, 42, matched her lipstick and earrings to her deep-plum-coloured suit
  • She and Felipe attended Gold Medal of Merit in Fine Arts Ceremony
  • Presented awards at El Pardo Palace in Madrid, Spain

She’s become a global style icon known for her polished looks and Queen Letizia of Spain’s appearance today was no different. Looking composed in a plum-coloured suit, the Spanish monarch joined her husband at the ceremony of the Gold Medal of Merit in Fine Arts Ceremony at El Pardo Palace in Madrid, Spain. The 42-year-old, who had clearly carefully co-ordinated her outfit, matched her lipstick and accessories to her clothes.

Despite cramming in several royal duties over the past few weeks – as well as helping her husband celebrate his birthday on Friday – the monarch was practically glowing as she presented awards at the event.  The couple beamed and applauded as they handed out awards to creatives and proved they’re still very much in love as they gazed longingly into each other’s eyes. The couple are barely seen apart. At the end of last week, the couple visited the FITUR International Tourism Fair in Madrid when a well-wisher in a grey robe approached, brandishing a map.



Former Spanish King Faces Paternity Suit Reply

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Ingrid Jeanne Sartiau and Alberto Solá Jiménez, alleged illegitimate offspring of ex-Spanish king

A court will study a paternity lawsuit brought against the former King of Spain

CNN.com–Spain’s former King Juan Carlos, 77, will face a paternity lawsuit — by a Belgian woman alleging that he’s her father — before the nation’s Supreme Court, a 12-judge panel ruled Wednesday. The court accepted the case for study, two court spokeswomen told CNN. The royal household affirmed its “respect” for judicial decisions but declined further comment.

The plaintiff is Ingrid Sartiau, 48, who lives near Brussels. Sartiau alleges that her mother and the married Juan Carlos had a relationship in late 1965, and she was born, as a result, in August 1966, said her attorney, Jaume Pararols. He became Spain’s King and head of state in 1975 after the death of the dictator Francisco Franco. Juan Carlos abdicated in June in favor of his son, King Felipe VI, who was born in 1968. While the court agreed to take Sartiau’s claim for study, it rejected a separate paternity suit against the former King brought by a Spanish man.


Spain’s Judges Working on Corruption Cases Involving 2,000 People Reply

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Lawyers of Spain’s Infanta Cristina attend to media after she testified in front of judge Jose Castro over tax fraud and money-laundering charges in Palma de Mallorca February 8, 2014. They later accused the judge of “corruptela.”

Damien Sharkov writes for Newsweek.com–Spanish judges will begin 2015 by dealing with a backlog of corruption cases left unresolved from last year, totalling at 150 according to Spanish daily newspaper El Pais which called the upcoming court proceedings “an inheritance from the past”. Several of these cases involve high profile persons and groups of defendants with European news agency Europa Press estimating the eventual verdicts will determine the fates of more than 2,000 people facing corruption charges.

Among these cases is the infamous ‘Gurtel’ case against Spanish businessman Francisco Correa which allegedly implicates Spain’s ruling Partido Popular (PP) in bribery, tax evasion and money laundering. The total amount of public funds allegedly lost is estimated at no less than €120 million.

Also implicated in corruption charges and awaiting trial are Spain’s Princess Cristina, sister of King Felipe VI, alongside her husband Iñaki Urdangarin. Throughout 2014 issues of corruption at the highest level of Spanish authority became a leading issue in the country, causing widespread disenchantment with politics and public institutions and  being reflected in the meteoric rise of grassroots, anti-establishment party Podemos, which is currently ahead the polls, despite being less than a year old.


Spanish Princess Cristina to Face Tax Fraud Trial Reply

Princess Cristina Urdangarin

The Spanish king’s sister, Princess Cristina, is to face a tax fraud trial over alleged links to her husband’s business dealings.

It is the first time for modern Spain to put a royal in the dock to face trial. Her husband Inaki Urdangarin is accused of embezzling millions in public funds with a former business partner. The couple deny wrongdoing. Prosecutors in Palma, Majorca, say Mr Urdangarin’s sports foundation misused public money. It is alleged that €5.6m (£4.6m; $7.5m) of public money went missing from the Noos Institute, a charitable sports foundation, when Mr Urdangarin was in charge of it.

Princess Cristina, 49, is under suspicion over €2.6m of that money. She is the sister of King Felipe VI, and youngest daughter of the former king, Juan Carlos. The allegations relate to business affairs in 2007-2008.

The affair has cast a long shadow over the Spanish royal family since the investigation was launched in 2010. Mr Urdangarin and his then business partner, Diego Torres, allegedly used the Noos Institute to organise events for the regional governments of Valencia and the Balearic Islands at hugely inflated prices.


Baqueira Beret, Spain: Is This the World’s Best Ski Resort? Reply

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Seasoned skier Peter Hardy has travelled far and wide to find his Eldorado: Baqueira Beret in Spain

I’ve spent rather more than half a lifetime looking for the perfect ski resort. Last winter, to my intense surprise, I found it – in, of all places – the Spanish Pyrenees. Baqueira Beret, still almost unknown to British skiers, is fit for a king. Indeed, King Juan Carlos has a sumptuous holiday home here. He no longer skis himself, but members of the Spanish royal family make use of it on high-season dates and most weekends.

The journey to reach this revelation about Baqueira has taken me to more than 500 resorts in 20 countries. Inevitably, I’m frequently asked which is the best. My stock answer is that on any particular day it can be anywhere you happen to find yourself. But “best” begs the questions “best for what?”, along with “best for whom?” Best depends not only on your standard of skiing, but also on what you are personally looking for in a holiday.


BBC News Spain Country Profile Reply

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Located at the crossroads of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, Europe and Africa, Spain’s history and culture are made up of a rich mix of diverse elements.

BBC.com–Through exploration and conquest, Spain became a world power in the 16th century, and it maintained a vast overseas empire until the early 19th century. Spain’s modern history is marked by the bitterly fought Spanish Civil War of 1936-39, and the ensuing 36-year dictatorship of General Francisco Franco.

After Franco’s death in 1975, Spain made the transition to a democratic state and built a successful economy, with King Juan Carlos as head of state. The constitution of 1978 enshrines respect for linguistic and cultural diversity within a united Spain. The country is divided into 17 regions which all have their own directly elected authorities. The level of autonomy afforded to each region is far from uniform. For example, Catalonia, the Basque Country and Galicia have special status with their own language and other rights.


The Spanish Armada: History, Facts & Timeline Reply

Spanish Armada

Education-Portal.com–The 1500s were the beginning of the age of ships. They sailed across the world, trading spices and moving armies. Ships meant wealth. Wealth meant pirates and wars.The Spanish Armada was a massive fleet of 130 ships assembled by Spain to attack and overthrow England in 1588. The move started the Spanish-Anglo war, marking the beginning of English naval dominance of the Atlantic.

When Spain conquered the New World in the early 1500s, immense wealth from gold, silver, and spices flowed into the Spanish Empire. Ruling Spain was Charles V. He was the first King of a unified Spain, monarch of the Netherlands from his grandfather, and in 1519 crowned Holy Roman Emperor by the Pope and charged with protecting the Catholic faith. He passed Spain and the Netherlands on to his son, Philip II, who married Mary Tudor of England and became co-monarch of that country with his wife, restoring Catholicism to the Protestant kingdom. When Mary died in 1558, her Protestant sister, Elizabeth Tudor, became the Queen of England. Philip, back in Spain, lost his claim to England. More…

Philip II: The King Who Blamed Everything That Went Wrong on God Reply

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A review of Imprudent King: A New Life of Philip II, by Geoffrey Parker. This is a masterpiece of historical biography

Hugh Thomas for Spectator.co.uk–Geoffrey Parker is a product of Nottingham and Christ’s College Cambridge, and I think was once a pupil of the unforgettable Jack Plumb. He went to Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) in 1986, Yale in 1995 and since 1997 has been at Ohio State University. Against that improbable background he established himself years ago as the world’s outstanding historian of Philip II, his court, his problems and tragedies, having devoted much attention to the Dutch revolt.

His masterly biography of King Philip appeared first in 1978. Now, after publishing several authorative revisions, he has written a new biography of the same monarch. The book is justified by the discovery of several thousand invaluable original papers relating to the king in the personal collection of the railway magnate Archer Huntingdon, in the Hispanic Society of America, which he founded in Upper New York City. Huntingdon was a great Maecenas and his work as such has now been shown by Parker, and some colleagues, as extending far beyond his death.


50 Truths about the Ex-Spanish King, Juan Carlos I de Borbón Reply

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Salim Lamrani writes for the Huffington Post.com–38 years on the Spanish throne, Juan Carlos I de Borbón decided, at the age of 76, to abdicate and relinquish the throne to his son Felipe, Prince of Asturias.

1. Juan Carlos Alfonso Víctor María de Borbón y Borbón-Dos Sicilias, or Juan Carlos I, was born January 5, 1938, in Rome from the union of Don Juan, Count of Barcelona, and Doña María de las Mercedes de Borbón y Orleans, Princess of the two Sicilies, with whom he had four children: Pilar (1936), Juan Carlos, Margarita (1939) and Alfonso (1941).


Media-Savvy Princess Becoming Spanish Queen Reply

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New King Must Appeal to Spaniards Who Question Value of Royalty

David Román writes for the Wall Street Journal, MADRID—Once upon a time, a television news anchor left her job to marry a prince. The following year, on the day of a gala ceremony for winners of an award given in his name, she persuaded him to skip lunch and practice his speech.

Royal watchers noticed the difference that evening nine years ago: Instead of his usual plodding delivery, eyes glued to the text, the prince put stress on the takeaway lines and glanced up to engage his audience of honorees, who included American economist Paul Krugman and Italian writer Claudio Magris.