As has become the tradition over the years, the Spanish Royal Family spends a couple of weeks of their summer holiday on our beautiful island. The new king, Felipe VI, his wife, Queen Letizia and their lovely daughters, the Princess of Asturias, Leonor and the Infanta Doña Sofía arrived in Palma two days ago.
The family welcomed the journalists and photographers in the gardens of the beautiful Marivent Palace and posed for some family photos. This photo used to be the tradition, but after 2007 this tradition stopped. Returning to tradition by opening the doors at the Palace is a clear sign that the King and Queen wanted to show the close connection and commitment they have to the Balearic Government.
“Thank you to Mallorca for letting us spend these beautiful days, this is a piece of Heaven on Earth,” His Majesty King Felipe VI said.
On Wednesday, the King, Felipe VI, appeared by himself at the ‘Copa del Rey’, at the helm of one of the sailboats. On Thursday, the royal family hosted a reception for 300 guests at the Palacio Almudaina in Palma. Moved by the motivation of getting the citizens closer to the Crown, the royal family invited not only politicians and Government members, but also brilliant students, writers, union representatives, disabled citizens and athletes, among others. The former ‘ueen, Doña Sofía was also there and welcomed every guest at the Palacio.
On Saturday, the King Felipe VI attended the prize-giving ceremony of ‘Copa del Rey’, giving away the trophies for the first time since becoming the new King. On Monday the King and Queen, with their daughters, visited Raixa, a finca located near Bunyola, where an interactive map of the Serra de Tramuntana caught the princesses’ attention for a long while.
The royal family is clearly trying to combine tradition and innovation, by showing their interest in the Balearic islands and still enjoying their holiday.