STAFF REPORTER

MADRID
THE Spanish royal family will begin their summer break on Majorca on 1st August but they will be spending less time here than usual due to an official visit the King and Queen are due to make to Madeira prior to the start of their holidays, their press office said yesterday.

As in previous years, Don Juan Carlos and Doña Sofia will take up residence in the Marivent Palace where the King will continue his paperwork and possibly receive local government figures.

The fact that this year the royal family are cutting their holiday to Majorca by nearly a fortnight - they usually come to Palma between the 15th and 20th July - will mean there will be different arrangements for the traditional meetings between the King and the Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero during the holiday period. Instead of the usual two there will be only one meeting in Palma. However, as the King and Queen are not flying to Madeira until Thursday of this coming week, Don Juan Carlos will be able to keep his weekly Wednesday appointment with the Prime Minister in Madrid.

The royal family will fly directly to Palma from Madeira, scheduled to arrive during the afternoon of Saturday, 1st August when they will be received by Balearic President Francesc Antich and Central Government delegate, Ramon Socias. Other members of the royal family will be arriving separately.

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