King Felipe of Spain and Queen Letizia join daughters in Barcelona (2024)

Queen Letizia of Spain has put on a united front with her husbandKing Felipe and theirdaughters Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia as they stepped out together in Barcelona.

The family appearance comes after the latest bombshell claims from Letizia's former brother-in-law Jaime Del Burgo, who earlier this year suggested they had an 'affair' after her marriage to the King.

The businessman - who dated the Queen when she was still a newsreader and was married to her sister Telma from 2012-2014 - has sinceclaimed that he is still in contact with the royal in an interview with Argentinian newspaper Clarín.

He said: 'We have shared many years of our lives together. We have been a family. s I have always said, ours was not a relationship of lovers. The lover would be him, in any case. I mean Felipe.'

But Letizia and Felipe, who have made no public response to the claims, showed no hint of turmoil as theyattended a meeting with winners of previous editions of the Princess of Girona Foundation Awards during the events of the XV anniversary for the organisation at the Melia Lloret de Mar Hotel.

Queen Letizia of Spain has put on a united front with her husband King Felipe and their daughters Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia as they stepped out together in Barcelona

Letizia looked typically elegant in a cream sleeveless dress, featuring a daring slit and statement neckline, teamed with a pair of white heels and a matching handbag.

Appearing equally sophisticated, her husband matched the Queen's style in a cream blazer and blue shirt.

The Foundation, which is currently chaired by the King on behalf of Princess Leonor, works for young people in all areas that are critical for their future.

It seeks to become a benchmark at national level in supporting young people in their professional and personal development.

In particular, the awards ceremony recognises talented young people who are held up as role models for their good work.

Meanwhile,Princess Leonorand Infanta Sofia of Spain, who had visited a sculpting studio in Barcelona earlier in the day, appeared perfectly in sync on Tuesday.

The teenage daughters of King Felipe and Queen Letizia, 18 and 17, opted for a summery look as they made the special visit to renowned artist Jaume Plensa's studio.

Their flawless appearance cemented their status once more as promising heirs to the throne and the future of the crown.

The family appearance comes after the latest bombshell claims from Letizia's former brother-in-law Jaime Del Burgo, who earlier this year suggested they had an 'affair' after her marriage to the King. The royals have not responded to his claims

But Letizia and Felipe showed no hint of turmoil as they attended a meeting with winners of previous editions of the Princess of Girona Foundation Awards during the events of the XV anniversary for the organisation at the Melia Lloret de Mar Hotel

Letizia looked typically elegant in a cream sleeveless dress, featuring a daring slit and statement neckline, teamed with a pair of white heels and a matching handbag

The Foundation, which is currently chaired by the King on behalf of Princess Leonor, works for young people in all areas that are critical for their future

Leonor has stepped up her role since turning 18 last October, and it appears the crown is looking to her for a fresh start after years of scandal plaguing the monarchy.

The princesses were immaculately turned out in their summery outfits, and even wore matching espadrille sandals from Spanish brand Macarena Shoes.

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Eldest daughter Leonor paired a blouse with puffed sleeves with matching jeans, looking radiant as she attended gold hoops and a star-shaped piercing.

Meanwhile Sofia opted for wide leg trousers and a blouse from Ba&sh, one of her favourite brands in a boho-style design.

The royal visit highlighted their interest in contemporary art and culture, as they admired Plensa's acclaimed works and engaged in discussions with the artist.

The event is part of the Princess of Girona Awards, which will be presented on July 10.

'The Princess has a huge job to do. At 18, it's time to speak on behalf of so many like her who are looking for a space and a voice in society,' said the event's host, according to Spain's Hola Magazine.

On Wednesday, Leonor is due to give another speech at a gala for the awards.

Appearing equally sophisticated, her husband matched the Queen's style in a cream blazer and blue shirt

Meanwhile, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia of Spain , who had visited a sculpting studio in Barcelona earlier in the day, appeared perfectly in sync on Tuesday

Meanwhile, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia of Spain , who had visited a sculpting studio in Barcelona earlier in the day, appeared perfectly in sync on Tuesday

King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia, Princess Sofia and Crown Princess Leonor of Spain attend a meeting with winners of previous editions of the Princess of Girona Awards

The family day out comes amid a turbulent time for the Spanish royal family, which began earlier this year with the publication of a bombshell book by veteran Spanish journalistJaime Penafiel.

Letizia's former brother-in-law told the author that he met Letizia before 2000 and their alleged relationship began on a romantic trip to Venice, years before she met King Felipe.

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Jaime - who is the son of the former politician Jaime Ignacio del Burgo - claims he was planning to propose to Letizia when she announced that she was dating a mysterious 'diplomat' over dinner at the Ritz hotel in Madrid in 2002.

Describing how 'serious and significant' their relationship was, the author made the unlikely claim that Jaime was 'carrying an engagement ring his his pocket' that evening.

Letizia reportedly told him that she had 'met someone who would oblige her to quit her profession', which Jaime said led him to deduce her mystery partner was Felipe.

After the pair reportedly decided to just be friends, Jaime is said to have advised Letizia: 'Don't announce the romance, just the wedding.'

Following their engagement announcement in 2003, Letizia - who had divorced her first husband in 1999 - allegedly asked Jaime to be a witness at their wedding.

What's more, the royal's ex-brother-in-law also made the far-fetched claim that he 'dealt' with Letizia's pre-nuptial agreement and helped to front the cost of the Queen's family's wedding outfits.

Crown Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia during a visit to Jaume Plensa Studio in Barcelona

The two were eye-catching in matching white outfits - even opting for the same pair of shoes

Leonor paired a blouse with puffed sleeves with matching jeans, looking radiant

The royal visit highlighted their interest in contemporary art and culture. Pictured: Princess Leonor

The event is part of the Princess of Girona Awards, which will be presented on July 10

The sisters, who are the daughters of King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain, appeared curious and interested

He was quoted as saying: 'When the wedding with Felipe came round, I dealt with the pre-nuptial agreement as you know, amongst other things.

'I also had to pay Letizia's family's expenses because [former King] Juan Carlos refused to pay or even go halves with me. So with the help of my friend Felipe Varela, I dressed her mum, grandmother and her sisters. And with the help of Jaime Jason, her father, grandparents and a cousin.'

TIMELINE OF DEL BURGO'S CLAIMS ABOUT HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH SPAIN'S ROYAL FAMILY

  • Pre-2000 - Letizia Ortiz, who was a newsreader at the time, meets Jaime del Burgo - the son of a politician - and the pair start dating
  • 2001 - Letizia and King Felipe meet on the site of a oil spillage. Jaime claims he was planning to propose when she told him about her new royal romance
  • 2003- Letizia and Felipe announce engagement.
  • 2004 - The couple marry at Almudena Cathedral in Madrid.Jaime claims he was asked to be a witness during the ceremony
  • 2005 - The couple welcome Princess Leonor
  • February 2007 - Letizia's sister Erika suddenly passes away
  • April 2007 - Princess Sofia is born. During one of her pregnancies, Jaime claims Letizia sends him a selfie confessing her love.
  • 2010- The couple reportedly profess their love for one another and allegedly meet with lawyers. Jaime claims they looked at properties in the US to move to. He also claims Letizia suggested they use a surrogate in LA to have a baby
  • 2011 - Jaime claims Letizia ends their relationship over the phone
  • 2012 - Jaime marries Letizia's sister Telma. The couple relocate to New York
  • 2014 - Telma and Jaime announce their separation

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Jaime also made the incredible claim that the Queen asked to see him the night before the wedding at the exclusive El Latigazo restaurant in Madrid - where she asked him to 'never leave' her.

He sensationally claimed: 'When we met, she took hold of my hand and asked me why I had never asked her to marry me. Obviously I didn't reply. I encouraged her as best I could. The last thing she said to me before we said goodbye to each other in that restaurant was a request: 'Never leave me.''

In the book, Del Burgo described Felipe as a 'kind-hearted man' and even goes on to say that he had a 'great friendship' with the royal. He told the author: 'I told him my problems and he told [me] his.'

The businessman even claims that Felipe 'uses [him] as a good man because he felt incapable of calming [Letizia] down' on occasions.

Following the wedding, Jaime described how Letizia was like a 'fox in a chicken coop' as she was 'cleverer than any of them'.

Jaime - who says the Queen nicknamed him her 'yogi pal' - claims he still had a romantic relationship with Letizia even after the wedding in 2004. He also claims he has kept 'photographs, videos, mobile phones' and text messages as evidence.

The businessman claimed that 'love was always there' in their relationship since, he claimed, they travelled to Venice together. The photograph Jaime shared on Twitter was taken during one of Letizia's pregnancies between 2005-2007.

In the book, Jaime sensationally claims that Letizia whispered that she loved him when they were lying in a hammock by a pool at her home following Princess Leonor's birth.

Jaime Penafiel goes on to write that Jaime del Burgo subsequently wrote a play called 'La Hamaca, which in English is 'The Hammock', and edited it but never distributed it.

Following this, Jaime alleges they 'took steps forward with the goal of being free' - which involved seeking legal advice and looking at properties in the US.

A spokesperson for the Spanish Royal Family previously told FEMAIL: 'We have no comment to make about this.'

King Felipe of Spain and Queen Letizia join daughters in Barcelona (2024)
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