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Spanish royals visit Ibiza as Royal Household confirms former King’s location

King Felipe and Queen Letizia
Casa de S.M. el Rey

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia took a day trip to Ibiza, the last of their official engagements during a stay in the Balearic Islands. Their two daughters, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofía, stayed behind in Mallorca. The King and Queen toured Ibiza, meeting local officials at each stop.

At the Puig des Molins Necropolis and Monographic Museum in Eivissa, they met Francina Armengol, the President of the Balearic Islands, toured the necropolis and viewed the archaeological remains of Phoenician, Punic and Roman funeral ritual items. 

King Felipe and Queen Letizia tour the Puig des Molins museum in Ibiza
(Casa de S.M. el Rey)

The royals then visited the Church of San Antonio and were treated to a local folk performance. The tour continued through Ancha and Progreso streets and on to the Paseo de la Mar. King Felipe and Queen Letizia wrapped up the visit meeting leaders of the Fisherman’s Guild at the dockside.

Small crowds turned out to see the royals
(Casa de S.M. el Rey)

All of this was happening as the Spanish Royal Household confirmed that former monarch, King Juan Carlos I, is in the United Arab Emirates, after he leaving Spain in early August. Juan Carlos, who ruled Spain between 1975 and 2014, is mired in allegations of financial corruption. Earlier this week, the Spanish government made assurances that the former monarch would return to Spain if required by the justice system.

A poll released last week by pro-Spanish monarchy newspaper ABC, shows 60% of those asked feel that Juan Carlos’ decision impacts negatively on the current monarch, King Felipe VI. The survey results also showed different responses according to age group with 59% of people under 29 stating that King Juan Carlos’s legacy is negative for Spain. However, 49% of participants between the ages of 30 and 44 years old think it to be a positive legacy and 57% of those older than age 45, say the former king left a positive legacy.