By Humphrey Carter

THE Spanish newspapers and TV news bulletins have been in a frenzy over claims that President Obama and his family are going to be spending a short break in Marbella next week.

Reports have also claimed that the First Lady Michelle and their daughters Sasha and Malia may even pop over to Majorca to visit members of the Spanish royal family who will be on their traditional summer holiday at Marivent palace on the outskirts of Palma next week.

It is understood that the King, Queen, Crown Prince Felipe and his wife Princess Letizia will be in Majorca next week.
The Obamas are apparently going be staying at a luxury resort owned by the Ritz Carlton group from August 4 to August 8 but the White House has denied the Spain trip and the Spanish Royal Household was yesterday making no comment on the reports either.

In fact, on August 6, the King of Spain has an official meeting with the Balearic authorities and sources at the Royal Household told Spanish news agencies that they have no official confirmation that the Obamas are coming to Spain, even, as some reports suggest, without the President. Yesterday, a White House official told AFP the report by Spanish newspapers El Pais and El Mundo was incorrect. According to the Obamas' official schedule, the First Family has August getaway plans for the disaster hit US-Gulf Coast as well as the northeastern vacation spot off Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard.

The Spanish Royal Household also revealed yesterday that the King and Queen will be cutting their summer holiday short this year and are not due to fly to Majorca until early August - next week.

Although Queen Sofia did spend the weekend at Marivent Palace ten days ago.
Palace sources also confirmed that the royals will be using the Royal yacht Fortuna less than usual as part of the royal household's austerity measures.

Last summer, the Fortuna put to sea on just two occasions.
During the King's holiday in Majorca, he may take part in one of the many sailing regattas. Crown Prince Felipe is expected to compete in the prestigious Copa del Rey at the Club Nautico in Palma before travelling to Bogota to attend the swearing in of the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos. The King will also be holding two meetings with the Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, here in Palma, as is custom.

The first meeting will be on August 11 and the second on August 27. The Royal household also revealed that there will not be the traditional royal family photo session this summer.


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