King & Queen of Spain’s US Tour: First stop, Washington D.C.

Spanish Royals in Washington DC

King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain are currently on a US tour. They kicked it off with a visit to Capital Hill.

Bienvenido to America!

Washington, D.C., is getting the royal treatment this week as the city plays host to Queen Letiziaand King Felipe of Spain.

The glamorous couple – who rose to the throne after Felipe’s father, King Juan Carlos, abdicated in 2014 – are on a four-day tour of the U.S., starting in the nation’s capital.

For their first official visit to the U.S. as king and queen, the Spanish royals took care to start off with spots that held a significance for their homeland. They requested that their first visit be to George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, “to highlight the long-standing historic relations between our two countries,” said Ramón Gil-Casares, Spanish Ambassador to the United States. (People magazine.)

You can see more photos from their time in Washington, D.C. here.

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia’s Family Vacationing in Palma de Mallorca

Spanish Royals pose for photographers at Marivent Palace1 2 3 4 6 7 King Felipe, Queen Letizia, and their daughters Leonor, Princess of Asturias, and Infanta Sofia are currently on vacation in Palma de Mallorca. They posed for photographers on the steps of Marvient Palace — then, they met and thanked the press.

I cannot get over how PR savvy and respectful they seem to be with the media. I suspect Queen Letizia’s background in journalism has something to do with it, or they simply respect the people that keep them relevant. Other royals could take note…

After 39 Years on the Throne, King Juan Carlos I Announces Abdication

SPAIN-POLITICS-ROYALS-ABDICATIONWhile most were transfixed to their television screens last night watching the fictional Game of Thrones, those on the Spanish court were preparing the announcement of the latest move of their own throne.

King Juan Carlos AbdicationAdmittedly a shock to most royal watchers, King Juan Carlos I had been swimming in more and more controversy as of late, and abdication had been a topic of more discussion.

SPAIN-POLITICS-ROYALS-ABDICATIONOn the heels of the abdication of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in January of 2013, and King Albert II of Belgium in July of 2013, some think this is becoming a trend. Going out ‘on top.’

Though many Swedes reportedly wish their King–King Carl XVI Gustaf–to do the same, it’s quite unlikely. He is still young (68), respectively, and Crown Princess Victoria still has a young, growing family.

Crown Prince Frederik is known as ‘the reluctant King,’ so I think the same is to be said for the Danish royals–not just yet.

As for Queen Elizabeth II, as much as Prince Charles may have urged his mother to relinquish the throne to him in the past, I think he has accepted the fact that she will stick to what she had said more than 65 years ago on her 21st birthday:

“I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and to the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”

As pointed out by many on Twitter, every heir (aside from CP Victoria) will soon be under 12 years old, except for England, where the heir is nearly 70.

Nonetheless, an exciting day for royal news, especially soon-to-be King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia*!

*Queen Consort

The Future Kings and Queens of Europe

Future Kings and Queens of Europe

Future Kings and Queens of Europe As we wait for Prince George’s first official royal engagement to take place–a royal play group!–I figured it’d be a great time to introduce the future monarchs of Europe.

Starting with…

Princess Elisabeth of Belgium

Princess Élisabeth of Belgium

Born: 25 October 2001 (age 12) First in line of succession to her father, King Philippe of Belgium Princess-Catharina-Amalia

Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands

Born: 7 December 2003

Heiress apparent after her father, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. Princess Catharina-Amalia was a bridesmaid in the wedding of her godmother, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.

princess-ingrid-alexandra-of-norway

Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway

Born: 21 January 2004

Second in line to succession preceded by her father Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway, who is heir apparent of his father, Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway. Princess Ingrid was also a bridesmaid in the wedding of her godmother, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.

Prince Christian of Denmark

Prince Christian of Denmark

Born: 15 October 2005

Second in line of succession preceded by his father, Crown Prince Frederik, heir apparent to his mother, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Prince Christian was a page boy in the wedding of his godmother, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.

Infanta Leonor of Spain

Infanta Leonor of Spain

Born: 31 October 2005

Second in line of succession preceded by her father, Felipe, Prince of Asturias, heir apparent to his father, King Juan Carlos I of Spain.

Princess Estelle of Sweden

Princess Estelle of Sweden

Born: 23 February 2012

Second in line of succession preceded by her mother,  Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, heiress apparent to her father, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

Prince George And of course…

Prince George of Cambridge

Born: 22 July 2013

Third in line of succession preceded by his father, Prince William, second in line to Prince Charles, heir apparent to his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

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