Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia are in the process of introducing themselves to their European neighbors.
Crowned in June of this year, King Felipe and his wife began their tour by visiting Pope Francis at the Vatican. The king and queen then stopped in Portugal to greet the President in July. They continued to Morocco, France and the Netherlands. They recently met with Luxembourg’s Grand Duke Henri and his family and neighboring Belgium with King Phillippe and Queen Mathilde last week.
This tour is a formal acknowledgement of their new position, though these recently crowned monarchs have long been known to the world at large. Felipe and Letizia have already made news crossing the globe to the United States, South America, and Europe in their working lives as Prince and Princess of Asturias.
Descended from Queen Victoria (through her daughter Beatrice), Spain’s new king is certainly no stranger to other royals. To him, his tours to countries such as Belgium and Luxembourg are simply a family reunion. A very official one, but a family affair nonetheless.
I look forward to more visits by Spain’s new king and queen!