Our new King, Felipe VI – the third child and only son of Infante Juan Carlos of Spain and Princess Sofia of Greece and Denmark, was born in Madrid on 30th January 1968. He succeeded to the Spanish throne, following the abdication of King Juan Carlos on 19th June 2014. Previously, as heir to the throne, he bore the titles of Prince of Asturias as well as Prince of Girona and Prince of Viana. He is married to Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano with whom he has two daughters, Leonor (now the heir to the Spanish throne) and Sofía.

Today, the people of Málaga and the Costa del Sol finally got their chance to meet them and pay their respects, as King Felipe VI was in town with Queen Letizia on their first official visit since he was named King.
They paid a visit to the Picasso Museum before attending an inaugural dinner to open the 19th Spain-US forum at the Automobile Museum.

The King delivered a speech at the dinner celebrating relations between Spain and the United States of America and gave the Costa del Sol, and Marbella in particular, a welcome boost when he said in his speech that “Marbella was the leader of tourism in Spain”.

It is wonderful to have a King who, with his wife and young family, is commercially minded, enjoys normal pursuits (such as nights out at the cinema with his wife and friends) and will lead Spain into a prosperous future.

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