The life of a working royal can never be described as monotonous. One day, they can be on a military ship and the next evening, at a concert. What the Spanish royals have been going to the past couple of days is a great example of how diverse a royal calendar can be.
Yesterday, Crown Prince Felipe was in the Gulf of Cadiz to attend military exercises aboard the naval ship ‘Victoria’. He interacted with officers of the ship as the exercises were going on. However, I don’t think he took part in any of the maneuvers himself. Prince Felipe, btw, has earned his Helicopter Pilot’s Wings for both the Spanish Army and Navy, and is a Commander in the General Navy.
Today, Prince Felipe attended the funeral of Spanish soldier John Felipe Romero Meneses who was killed while serving in Afghanistan. His presence at the funeral meant he had to skip the ceremony for the 2009 Prince Felipe Award for Business Excellence. His wife, Crown Princess Letizia, attended in his stead.
At the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid today, Queen Sofia met with representatives of various organizations who are giving aid to earthquake victims in Haiti. The organizations were the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Developing (AECID), the Spanish Red Cross and UNICEF’s Spanish Committee. Queen Sofia visited Haiti in January 2009 to visit development projects that have received assistance from Spain.
In the evening, Queen Sofia and Prince Felipe accompanied Princess Margarita, Duchess of Soria, at a concert in Madrid’s Albeniz Foundation auditorium. The concert was organized by Hispano Britanica Foundation. Princess Margarita is the younger sister of King Juan Carlos.
The Spanish royals definitely have the ‘working’ part down pat! Photos of these events in the gallery below.
images via Zuma Press