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King Felipe leaves troubles in Spain behind as he visits Argentina

King Felipe has  attended the inauguration of the President of Argentina in a political ceremony which proved far less controversial for the Spanish monarch that his more recent engagements at home.

Felipe VI stood alongside world leaders for the swearing in which took place in Buenos Aires on December 10th 2023.

The Spanish king had arrived in the country the day before when he had had audiences with the incoming President, Javier Milei, as well as the outgoing leader, Alberto Fernandez. He also met members of the Spanish community in Argentina at a special event at the country’s embassy in Buenos Aires.

Just days before, Felipe VI had been present at the opening of Spain’s parliament with the socialist led coalition of Pedro Sanchez taking power again. The decision to ask Pedro Sanchez to form a government has proved controversial for King Felipe and led to sharp criticism. Spain’s general election was inconclusive.

The conservative Partido Popular won the most seats but not a majority and failed to form an administration. Felipe VI then asked the socialist party, the PSOE, led by Pedro Sanchez to try, stating this was in line with the country’s constitutions. However, Pedro Sanchez formed a controversial coalition to take power and demonstrations against it, including some further attacks on Felipe VI, have taken place in several Spanish cities since.

The visit to Argentina proved calmer for the king who has also had to contend with fallout from a new book on the country’s monarchy which has seen a former brother in law of Queen Letizia make claims about his relationship with the Spanish consort.

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Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.