By Jason Moore

IT is a strange but nice thing about the Spanish royal family. Heir to the throne Prince Felipe is marrying today and it feels like someone you know is getting married. He is not a distant Prince but someone you have seen around in Majorca for many years, and in my case, grown-up with him. The Prince did similar sailing courses at the Cala Nova yacht club in Cala Mayor that I, and other members of my class from Bellver International School did at the Cala Nova sailing school in the early 1980s. He was always about during the summer months, learning how to sail an optimist , swimming in the club pool or in the club house. My earliest memory of King Juan Carlos was when I was about eight and coming face to face with him as he walked down the quay to where Prince Felipe was learning to sail. I still remember to this day, that the King said hello, smiled and walked on. In later years I have seen the Prince on countless occasions in my capacity as a journalist. From sailing again at the Real Club Nautico to official dinners and functions. It is indeed a gala event today and Spain should be very proud of their Prince and his bride-to-be. As far as Majorca is concerned the Prince is our Prince. While the wedding today may be slightly overshadowed by the bomb attacks in Madrid in March it is a day to remember and cherish. It is a day of celebration for a Spanish royal family who have worked long and hard over the last 25 years. Even staunch republicans in Spain admit that the country has a royal family to be proud of. I would say that the Spanish royal family are one of Spain's greatest assets. So from one very junior sailor to another many congratulations Prince Felipe and let's hope that you have calm water ahead and that the choppy seas which have engulfed other royal families stay well clear.


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