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Queen Letizia speaks with Princess of Girona winners

Queen Letizia met with the winner of this year’s Princess of Girona 2021 Arts and Letters Award on Thursday, and held a roundtable talk with previous winners, ahead of this year’s virtual awards ceremony. María Sánchez Rodríguez was named as the 2021 Arts and Letters Award winner, for her work “as a poet, writer and activist in defense of rural culture, and especially, the forgotten…
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Felipe VI praises his father, Juan Carlos, on important anniversary

King Felipe VI of Spain has praised his father, King Juan Carlos, in a speech marking the 40th anniversary of the attempted coup which saw army officers hold politicians hostage in parliament. Juan Carlos is widely credited with ensuring the coup attempt failed. As the officers took control of parliament on February 23rd 1981, Juan Carlos spoke on television, denouncing the move. It came to an…
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Violent protests in Spain in support of rapper jailed for attacking the monarchy

Protests in Madrid and Barcelona in support of a rapper sent to prison for messages glorifying terrorism and attacking the Spanish Crown have turned violent. Demonstrators threw missiles and built barricades in both cities as gatherings demanding the rapper’s release continued to spread across Spain. Pablo Hasel, whose real name is Pablo Rivadulla Duro, was arrested on February 16th after…
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TV coverage of Princess Leonor’s school move causes controversy and political rows

Spain’s main TV station, RTVE, has apologised after complaints about its reporting on the news that Princess Leonor is to finish her secondary education in Wales. In a piece on a lunchtime programme, La Hora de La1, RTVE put up an on screen banner reading ‘’Leonor is leaving Spain, like her grandfather’’, a reference to the former monarch, Juan Carlos I, who went into self imposed…
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