KING Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia arrived in Palma yesterday to spend a few days at their summer residence, the Marivent Palace in Cala Mayor.
They will be joined by their daughters, the Infantas Elena and Cristina with their respective husbands and children. The arrival of heir to the throne Prince Felipe and his fiancée Letizia Ortiz has not been confirmed, although it has not been ruled out. This year, none of themembers of the royal family is expected to compete in the Princess Sofia regatta currently being held in the bay of Palma.
Although it is a strictly private visit, Queen Sofia was expected to attend the opening yesterday of the exhibition by Eduardo Urculo at the Casal Solleric. On Tuesday, the Queen will attend the opening of the 22nd world congress of therapeutic communities which will bring more than 1'000 specialists from 50 countries to Palma. The King is expected to leave Majorca on Sunday night, and on Monday will receive representatives of the security forces, to express his recognition and thanks for their handling of the 11-M terrorist bombings in Madrid. The King and Queen spent their first summer at Marivent in 1973, although the Almudaina Palace is the official royal residence and is used for official occasions. Their guests at Marivent have included Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
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