King Felipe VI of Spain has arrived in Mallorca for his annual summer holiday. Felipe, along with Queen Letizia and their two daughters, was spotted driving into the Marivent Palace on the island where they traditionally spend part of August.
The stay is usually a relaxed occasion, marked by photocalls and day trips. However, this year, the visit will be under intense scrutiny as debate continues in Spain following the decision of Felipe’s father, Juan Carlos I, to leave the country as allegations about his financial affairs continue.
King Felipe was seen driving his family towards their holiday residence on the evening of August 7th 2020. His elder daughter, and heir to the throne, Princess Leonor was at his side in the front of the car. Queen Letizia and their younger child, Infanta Sofia, sat in the back.
Felipe’s mother, Queen Sofia, is already at Marivent for the summer break. It’s believed her eldest child, Infanta Elena, is with them.
Spain’s royals, as usual, will carry out engagements while in Mallorca. King Felipe will host audiences with politicians including the presidents of the local government and parliament as well as the mayor of Palma. He’s due to make several appearances with his wife and daughter at the start of their first week of holidays, too.
However, the most interest is set to fall on King Felipe’s engagement on Wednesday when he welcomes Spain’s Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, to Marivent. It will be the first public meeting between the two men since Juan Carlos announced he was going into exile. Since then, political debate about the future of the King Emeritus and the Spanish Monarchy has continued to dominate.
The Spanish Royal Family are expected to stay in Mallorca until August 18th 2020.