King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain put on a united front in Ibiza

Queen Letizia of Spain embodies summer chic in a frilly white maxi dress as she and husband King Felipe VI put on a united front in Ibiza after it emerged scandal-plagued ex-King Juan Carlos has fled to the UAE

  • Queen Letizia, 47, and King Felipe VI of Spain, 52, took a day trip to Ibiza  
  • Crown Princess Leonor, 14, and Infanta Sofia, 13, appeared to stay in Mallorca 
  • Felipe’s father Juan Carlos is currently embroiled in a major corruption probe

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain continued to put on a united front amid the ongoing scandal surrounding former King Juan Carlos as they visited the island of Ibiza today. 

The royal couple looked cool in cotton as they paid a visit to the Monographic Museum and Necropolis of ‘Puig des Molins’, said to be the home of the goddess Tanit and the best preserved necropolis in the Mediterranean. 

Their trip coincided with the Spanish royal palace confirming the 82-year-old ex-king is residing in the United Arab Emirates, having left his homeland earlier this month after it emerged his finances are under investigation in a major corruption probe. 

King Juan Carlos has denied any wrongdoing and claims he is available should prosecutors need to interview him.

Queen Letizia cut an elegant figure today as usual, wearing a breezy white ruffled maxi dress featuring frills and lace detailing with her classic espadrilles and a high ponytail. King Felipe looked equally casual in a matching cotton shirt and slacks. 

King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain wave to the crowds from a safe distance as they visit the Monographic Museum and Necropolis of ‘Puig des Molins’ in Ibiza

The pair both wore protective face masks and kept their distance from others as they visited the usually busy tourist hot spot. 

Ibiza is just a short boat ride away from the family’s annual holiday destination of Mallorca. 

Crown Princess Leonor, 14, and Infanta Sofia, 13, did not appear to have joined their parents for the day trip. 

This could be due to an unfortunate leg injury that left Sofia bandaged up and needing a crutch after an accident early on in the holiday.

The start of the family trip was also tainted by King Juan Carlos, who abdicated in 2014 after nearly 40 years in power, announcing he was leaving Spain amid the aforementioned controversy.

The royal couple stop to observe the historical location, both putting safety first with face masks

Queen Letizia is seen wearing a breezy white maxi dress which she accessorised with a wicker bag and a pair of white espadrille wedges

The couple appeared to be in good spirits as they continued their holiday despite the drama unfolding around King King Felipe VI’s father – King Juan Carlos

Spanish King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia during their visit to the Puig des Molins archaeological site in Ibiza, Spain, today

The museum appeared to be a welcome distraction from the media scrutiny which is following them this holiday due to the scandal surrounding King Felipe’s father

The couple is seen looking at the artefacts at the Puig des Molins which means literally ‘Windmills’ Hill’ in English

King Felipe VI has not publicly spoken about his father’s departure earlier this month.  

Spanish authorities are investigating whether Juan Carlos received a secret commission for helping to win a £5.5 billion Saudi rail deal, after his former mistress made the allegations privately.

German Corinna zu 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 London home in 2015.

The investigation into the conversation was initially closed in 2018, but it was reopened in July after new evidence emerged, with police discovering other copies of the conversation. 

Here the Spanish royal couple walk down a busy street in Ibiza as crowds begin to form behind them 

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia wave to a penned area where tourists and locals are waiting to see them leave the museum

It is not known if the royal couple plan to stay overnight on the island of Ibiza or journey back to Mallorca where they have been holidaying with their two children

King Felipe VI’s face was mostly concealed with sunglasses and a mask, but he was seen energetically waving at locals. Queen Letizia wore a chic ringlet pony tail

The family take a summer holiday in Mallorca annually, and this year’s events have not hindered that

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.  

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