Bright and breezy! Queen Letizia and King Felipe of Spain look relaxed on an outing with their daughters in Mallorca as their summer holiday continues amid scandal surrounding King Juan Carlos’ departure
- Queen Letizia, 47, and King Felipe VI of Spain, 52, in Mallorca for their holiday
- They were spotted with their daughter Princess Leonor, 14 and Infanta Sofia , 13
- The family donned masks as they visited a youth centre in Palma de Mallorca
- The Spanish queen cut a stylish silhouette in a much beloved white cotton dress
- This holiday is the family’s first outing since Felipe’s father Juan Carlos announced he was leaving Spain amid the ongoing corruption scandal
The Spanish royal family put on a brave face – and masks – during an outing in Palma de Mallorca today.
King Felipe VI, 52, Queen Letizia, 47 and their two daughters, Crown Princess Leonor, 14 and Infanta Sofia, 13, kicked off their traditional family holidays in Mallorca this week.
However, the quiet family time off was rocked by a shock announcement last week, when King Juan Carlos, who abdicated in 2014, announced he was to leave Spain amid an ongoing corruption scandal.
But the royals put on a display of togetherness as they visited the Naum Youth Centre in Palma earlier today to meet with local teenagers.
King Felipe VI, 52, Queen Letizia, 47 and their two daughters, Crown Princess Leonor, 14 and Infanta Sofia, 13, have started their traditional family holidays in Mallorca. Today they visited the Neum Youth Centre
Everyone wore masks as Sofia and Lenor posed for pictures with a group of teenagers attending the centre. Felipe and Letizia watched closely from behind
Queen Letizia, who was wearing a recycled white cotton dress, stayed particularly close to her youngest daughter Sofia, who badly hurt her leg soon after arriving on the island for the holiday season.
The family put safety first and were all wearing masks as they stood together for a few family pictures this morning.
Sofia, flanked by her older sister and mother, was holding herself upright with a crutch. A large white bandage could also be seen above her knee.
Letizia recycled a breezy white dress with a built-in belt, and paired it with nude espadrilles.
Both Princesses wore loose dresses, Leonor opting for a floral white and red motif, and Sofia for a white and black gingham shirt-dress.
The Spanish Queen stayed close to Infanta Sofia, who advanced with the help of a crutch after hurting her knee
The family all donned masks on their way to visit a local youth centre for youngest at risk of exclusion
Queen Letizia stayed particularly close to her youngest daughter Infanta Sofia, who badly hurt her knee soon after the family had arrived to Mallorca for the holidays
Queen Letizia kept an eye on her youngest daughter, who sustained a knee injury shortly after the family arrived in Mallorca
The Spanish royal donned a beloved recycled white cotton dress tied at the waist with a belt and nude espadrilles
Infata Sofia bravely let go of her crutch for the centre visit. he walked closely to her sister and mother
King Felipe looked stylish in black trousers and a light blue shirt with white stripes.
The foursome moved to visit the Num Youth Centre, which offers help to youngsters at risk of exclusion.
The holiday is the family’s first public appearance since former King Juan Carlos announced he was leaving Spain amid the ongoing corruption scandal.
Sayn-Wittgenstein has been placed under investigation in relation to audio recordings of a meeting between herself and retired Spanish police commissioner José Manuel Villarejo at her home in 2015.
The 82-year-old revealed on Monday that he had decided to leave Spain to help his son, the current King Felipe VI, ‘exercise his responsibilities’.
While the Princesses opted for loose shirt dresses, Queen Letizia a recycled white cotton dress with a built-in belt. King Felipe VI looked stylish in a pair of black trousers and a striped blue and white shirt
The holiday is the family’s first outing since Juan Carlos announced he would be leaving the country amid a new corruption scandal
But sources claimed it was King Felipe who cast his father out to save his family from ‘certain happenings’ relating to Juan Carlos’s relationship with his former German mistress Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein – with some fearing he might not come back.
In the recordings, she allegedly claimed Juan Carlos received a secret commission for helping to win a £5.5 billion Saudi rail deal.
Villarejo asked for a meeting under the pretense that Spain’s intelligence services were plotting to implicate her in criminal activity and went on to leak the tapes of their conversation to the media.
The family who are staying at the Marivent Palace during their time in Mallorca, were seen admiring historic artifacts at the birthplace, museum and convent of Fray Junípero Serra in Petra.
Who is Spain’s former king, Juan Carlos I?
Juan Carlos I reigned as king of Spain from November 1975 until his abdication in June 2014
Juan Carlos I reigned as king of Spain from November 1975 until his abdication in June 2014.
He was a popular monarch for most of his four-decade reign who played a critical role in the country’s transition to democracy.
He is the grandson of Alfonso XIII, the last king of Spain before the abolition of the monarchy in 1931 and the subsequent declaration of the Second Spanish Republic.
Juan Carlos was born in Rome, Italy, on January 5, 1938, during his family’s exile. He came to Spain in 1947 to continue his studies and entered the Zaragoza military academy.
He completed his tertiary education at the University of Madrid and went on to marry Princess Sofia of Greece and Denmark in Athens in 1962.
They went on to have two daughters and a son together: Elena, Cristina, and Felipe.
Juan Carlos first began periodically acting as Spain’s head of state in the summer of 1974. Fascist dictator Francisco Franco died in November the following year and Juan Carlos became king on 22 November 1975, two days after Franco’s death.
Juan Carlos was hailed for his role in Spain’s transition to democracy and reforms to dismantle the Francoist regime.
However the King and the monarchy’s reputation began to suffer after controversies surrounding his family arose.
In April 2012, Juan Carlos faced criticism for an elephant-hunting trip in Botswana during a time of financial crisis in Spain.
King Felipe pictured with former king Juan Carlos and Spain’s Queen Letizia at the Spanish National day military parade in Madrid on October 12, 2012
The public found out about the trip only after the King injured himself and a special aircraft was sent to bring him home.
Spanish officials stated that the expenses of the trip were not paid by taxpayers or by the palace, but by businessman Mohamed Eyad Kayali.
Corruption scandals circling the royal family closed in when his daughter, Princess Cristina, was accused of tax fraud in 2014 and became the first Spanish royal to stand trial. She was later acquitted, but her husband was sentenced.
He abdicated in favour of his son, Prince Felipe, in 2014, and last year, Juan Carlos announced his decision to withdraw from public life, ending his remaining institutional functions and appearances from June 2019. Last August, he successfully underwent heart surgery in Madrid.
In June 2020, Spain’s supreme court prosecutor opened an investigation into Juan Carlos’ involvement in a high-speed rail contract in Saudi Arabia that was granted to a group of Spanish companies in 2011.
King Felipe renounced his own inheritance and stripped his father of his palace allowance in March after reports the latter received $100 million from the late Saudi king and gave millions to a businesswoman.
Their tour began with sightseeing of the notable figure’s birthplace on Barracar Alt Street, before journeying to the museum created by Pare Serra Friends Association in 1959.
The site is home to paintings, medals, prints, photographs and other items of significance related to Fray Junípero Serra’s work in the American missions.
Felipe VI became King of Spain in 2014 following the abdication of his father Juan Carlos whose whereabouts is currently unknown.
The Spanish Royal Household has declined to comment on Juan Carlos’s location since he announced that he was going into exile last Monday.
It has been alleged that the former King is hiding out in a £10k-a-night suite at a luxury Abu Dhabi hotel after fleeing amid the ongoing corruption scandal.