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First family outing as Spain’s royals begin traditional Mallorca stay

© Casa de S.M. el Rey

The Spanish Royal Family have begun their annual summer vacation to Mallorca and appeared together for the first time as they stepped out for a visit to the Cartuja de Valldemossa.

King Felipe, Queen Letizia, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofía posed for a family photo in the King Juan Carlos I gardens before greeting local dignitaries including President Francina Armengol, President of the Balearic Islands; Vicenç Thomás, the Balearic Islands’s Parliamentary President; and the mayor and government delegates of the Balearic Islands and Mallorca.

King Felipe, Princess Leonor, Infanta Sofia and Queen Letizia in the Juan Carlos I gardens
© Casa de S.M. el Rey

The Spanish royals then toured of the facilities, which once belonged to a 13th century king who wanted to house his son and heir somewhere safe while he convalesced in a better climate. Throughout the centuries, the Cartuja became known both as a church where monks occupied the rooms and after their expulsion, as a place where artists and musicians could work.

The Spanish Royal Family toured the Municipal Museum where ‘Chopin’s Cell’ is on display and features his piano, documents and paintings to showcase the history behind the famous composer’s stay.

The royal visitors view ‘The Pharmacy’ © Casa de S. M. el Rey

‘The Pharmacy’ was the family’s next stop, where they all viewed materials of scientific and historical importance as they’d been cultivated in the late part of the 18th century. Their final tour was of the Palace of King Sancho, the afore-mentioned ill son who would later reign as King of Mallorca between 1311 and 1324, where they viewed his cloister and concert hall and were treated to a live pianist performance of Chopin’s music.

Before departing to tour through the streets of Valldemossa, the Spanish royals all signed the Valldemossa City Council Visitors Book.

The Spanish Royal Family regularly spends the first weeks of August in Mallorca, residing at Marivent Palace, their Mallorcan home. Queen Letizia, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofía arrived in Mallorca on the last Sunday of July, while King Felipe arrived on Thursday, 28 July.

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Jess is the Senior Royal Reporter and Editorial Assistant at Royal Central. Her interest in royalty started in her teenage years, coinciding with The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002 and grew from there. She specializes in the British Royal Family (with emphasis on the Cambridges) and the Danish Royal Family, and has provided royal commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the UK and Australia.