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Court impounds properties of Spanish king's son-in-law

A court on Monday impounded 16 properties belonging to the son-in-law of Spanish King Juan Carlos in a corruption case that has embarrassed the royal family. The court in Mallorca published a ruling ordering the seizure of properties owned by Inaki Urdangarin, husband of the king's daughter Cristina, to cover a 6.1-million-euro ($8.2 million) bond for his liability in the case. ib/rlp/sg/lc

Spain's Queen Sofia turns 75

Madrid, Nov 2 (EFE).- Spain's Queen Sofia turned 75 on Saturday, a significant milestone that comes at a time when she has stepped up her public activities without neglecting her duties to the royal family. It also comes as her husband, King Juan Carlos, also 75, is convalescing after his most recent hip operation. No public ceremonies are planned and the monarchy has not provided precise information about how the queen will celebrate the birthday.

Tutu, Annan and Bono attend memorial service for Dutch prince

Desmond Tutu, Kofi Annan and Bono attended a private ceremony on Saturday in memory of Dutch Prince Friso, who died in August after failing to recover from a skiing accident, local media reported. The ceremony took place in the Oude Kerk church in Delft, where the prince in April 2004 married Mabel Wisse Smit in defiance of parliament, a union which cost him his claim to the throne. Others among the 900 or so guests at the memorial included Prince Haakon of Norway and Mark Rutte, prime minister of the Netherlands.

Italy unveils treasure 'worth more than British crown jewels'

Riches from a Neapolitan treasure trove said to be worth more than the British crown jewels are going on show in Rome in an unprecedented exhibition of emeralds and diamonds once owned by popes and kings. "The Treasure of Naples", displayed outside the southern Italian city for the first time, boasts among other things a diamond, ruby and emerald-encrusted bishop's Mitre and a large necklace made up of jewel-studded crosses dating back to 1679.

Queen, 3 future kings together for English royal baptism

London, Oct 23 (EFE).- Queen Elizabeth II appeared in public for the first time Wednesday with the three future monarchs of England, her son Charles, her grandson William and her great-grandson George, at the baptism of the 3-month-old prince. Shortly before the private ceremony began in the royal chapel of St. James Palace, the four royals were photographed by television cameras and still photographers. Accompanied by his wife Kate, Prince William carried his son - the third in line for the crown - in his arms.

Spain's crown prince honors head of Ibero-American summit organization

Panama City, Oct 18 (EFE).- Spain's Crown Prince Felipe presented Enrique Iglesias with an award Friday for his work as head of the Ibero-American Secretariat, which organizes the summits of the leaders of Spain, Portugal and Latin America. The prince presented the honor at the Business Encounter taking place during the 2013 Ibero-American Summit in Panama. In the absence of King Juan Carlos, convalescing from a hip operation, the prince flew to Panama to take part in some of the summit meetings and in other events organized in parallel, including the Business Encounter.

Spain's crown prince presides over toned-down national day

Crown Prince Felipe presided for the first time over Spain's national day celebrations on Saturday, while King Juan Carlos recovers from a hip operation. Spain's 75-year-old king left hospital on October 1 after surgeons replaced his prosthetic left hip in the latest of a string of operations that have raised questions over his reign and fuelled speculation of a possible abdication. Felipe presided over a military parade in Madrid, dressed in military uniform and accompanied by his wife Letizia as they briefly met with troops from the Royal Guard.

Prince Felipe battles to revive Spanish royal image

By Elisabeth O'Leary MADRID (Reuters) - Crown Prince Felipe will take his ailing father's place saluting military officers at Spain's national day parade on Saturday as expectations rise he may soon take over the troubled throne. King Juan Carlos, 75, is recovering from hip surgery, his fifth operation in two years, and will miss the annual parade for the first time. Palace officials say he does not want to abdicate. But public pressure is mounting as his health and image deteriorate.

Spanish King Juan Carlos's recovery from hip surgery going well

Madrid, Sep 29 (EFE).- Spanish King Juan Carlos's recovery from hip surgery is "progressing rapidly" and even though he is using a walker, "the quality of his stride has improved markedly," doctors said Sunday. The king is in "good spirits" and "clinically stable," doctors said in the fifth report on the monarch's recovery. King Juan Carlos doubled the distance he can cover in the past 24 hours, doctors said.

Spain's king faces yet another hip operation

Surgeons gave Spain's 75-year-old King Juan Carlos a temporary hip replacement Tuesday but said he requires more surgery for a long-term fix, likely giving fuel to speculation of a history-making abdication. US hip specialist Miguel Cabanela led the surgery at a Madrid hospital to give the frail-looking monarch a new left hip after the previous artificial joint fitted last November became infected and painful, making it hard to walk.
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