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The life and times of the 18th Duchess of Alba, who had more titles than Queen Elizabeth II

The 18th Duchess of Alba, María del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva, was born on 28 March 1926 at the vast Liria Palace, which has served as the Madrid residence of the Dukes of Albas for generations (most of the home was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War and was rebuilt by the Duchess’s father and the Duchess). The Fitz-James Stuarts, the most powerful aristocratic…
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King and Queen of Spain stress importance of scientific developments at National Research Awards

Spanish leaders in science were honoured Monday when King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia presented the 2019 National Research Awards at the Royal Palace of El Pardo in Madrid. The awards were presented to scientists Valentín Fuster de Carulla, Ángela Nieto Toledano, Susana Marcos Celestino, Manuel Francisco Carreiras Valiña, and Mercedes García-Arenal Rodríguez. King Felipe praised the…
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Queen Letizia marks Safer Internet Day

More than 100 countries joined together on February 11 to learn how to make the internet a safer place and in Spain Queen Letizia did her part to mark Safer Internet Day 2020 at an event in Madrid. The Spanish consort visited the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina…
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Casa Real unveils new photos of King and Queen and their daughters

Spain’s Casa Real has unveiled several new images of King Felipe and Queen Letizia and their two daughters, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofía. The photos were taken at the Royal Palace in Madrid and the Palacio de la Zarzuela by Madrid-born photographer Estela de Castro. © Casa de SM el Rey These photos will replace the ones taken in 2010 (before King Felipe took the throne) by…
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Queen Sofía of Spain attends book presentation

Queen Sofía of Spain returned to her homeland of Greece for the book presentation of “The Journal of Queen Frederica, 1938-1967”, which is about her mother. Queen Sofía’s younger brother King Constantine II of Greece and his wife, Queen Anne-Marie were…
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Spanish Royal Family attends opening of parliament

King Felipe and Queen Letizia were accompanied by their daughters, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofía at the solemn opening of the Spanish parliament, the Cortes Generales. The royals arrived at the Congress of Deputies and were greeted by President of the Government…
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Spain's Infanta Pilar has died

Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz has died. She was 83. The infanta, sister of King Juan Carlos and aunt of King Felipe VI, passed away in Madrid on Wednesday. Infanta Pilar had been admitted to hospital in the Spanish capital earlier this week. Although details of her condition weren’t confirmed, she had been receiving treatment for cancer for several months. Maria del Pilar…
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