European RoyalsSpain

King Felipe's aunt, Infanta Pilar, diagnosed with cancer

Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz, Dowager Viscountess of la Torre, the elder sister of King Juan Carlos I of Spain and the aunt of the current King Felipe VI of Spain, has been diagnosed with cancer. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy and is doing “reasonably well.” The type of cancer is not known. In early February of this year, Infanta Pilar underwent surgery for…
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OpinionSpain

The Spanish monarchy is strengthened by the failed Catalonian independent referendum

Oskar Aanmoen offers his take on the referendum in Catalonia, and why he thinks its failure has increased the popularity of the Spanish Royal Family. During the last few weeks, the Spanish monarchy has increased its popularity and support in Spain as a result of the failure of the referendum in Catalonia for independence. Yesterday, Catalonia conducted a referendum in which they voted on the…
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Spain

‘Sniper’ who simulated assassination of Spain’s king faces jail

A would-be sniper, who targeted King Felipe VI of Spain and dozens of other public figures as part of a plan to embarrass Spain’s security forces, could be facing a nine-year jail term. Santiago Sánchez Ramírez was obsessed with the weaknesses in the security for high-profile public figures. He claims to have carried out 300 “fake assassinations” in recent years, with members of the…
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Spain

King Felipe of Spain speaks of the refugee crisis as he addresses the European Parliament

King Felipe VI has told the European Parliament that it can count on the support of a united Spain. The promise came in a speech to delegates in Strasbourg just days after elections in Catalonia gave a majority to parties which ultimately favour independence from the rest of Spain. King Felipe of Spain during his visit to the European Parliament in Brussels earlier this year. He addressed…
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