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Queen Letizia of Spain and family enjoy holiday in Mallorca

Queen Letizia showed off her summer style as she visited the birthplace of XVIII century Spanish priest and friar of Franciscan Order, Junipero Serra in Petra, Mallorca.

The Spanish royal, who was accompanied by King Felipe VI and their daughters Crown Princess Leonor, 14, and Infanta Sofia, 13, appeared in good spirits as they continued their summer break in the Balearic Islands. 

The holiday is the family’s first public appearance since former King Juan Carlos announced he was leaving Spain amid the ongoing corruption scandal. 

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 home in 2015.

The 82-year-old revealed on Monday that he had decided to leave Spain to help his son, the current King Felipe VI, ‘exercise his responsibilities’.

But sources claimed it was King Felipe who cast his father out to save his family from ‘certain happenings’ relating to Juan Carlos’s relationship with his former German mistress Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein – with some fearing he might not come back.

In the recordings, she allegedly claimed Juan Carlos received a secret commission for helping to win a £5.5 billion Saudi rail deal.

Villarejo asked for a meeting under the pretense that Spain’s intelligence services were plotting to implicate her in criminal activity and went on to leak the tapes of their conversation to the media.

But Letizia, 47, looked in good spirits today as she donned a chic belted red dress with a plunging neckline and espadrilles for a trendsetting seasonal look, while also putting safety first in a face mask. 

The royal styled her glossy brunette hair straight with a slightly off-centre parting, similarly to how her daughters had opted to wear their own.

Infanta Sofia, 13, braved the outing in a white play-suit and sandals with the support of a crutch after injuring her right knee and requiring stitches. 

She was seen at times being assisted by her sister as she walked through the streets of Petra. 

Crown Princess Leonor, 14 opted for a leaf print dress, alongside an equally well groomed King Felipe VI.

The family who are staying at the Marivent Palace during their time in Mallorca, were seen admiring historic artifacts at the birthplace, museum and convent of Fray Junípero Serra in Petra. 

Their tour began with sightseeing of the notable figure’s birthplace on Barracar Alt Street, before journeying to the museum created by Pare Serra Friends Association in 1959.

The site is home to paintings, medals, prints, photographs and other items of significance related to Fray Junípero Serra’s work in the American missions. 

The Spanish Royals had their photographs taken next to the stone plaque commemorating the presence of their time in Petra and signed the museum’s book of honour. 

They then visited the last place where Pare Serra is said to have preached before going to America, Santuari de la Mare de Déu de Bonay.

The family said their goodbyes to the authorities who joined them throughout their tour, while viewing the sanctuary which dates back as far as the seventeenth century.  

Locals wearing face masks gathered in the streets to snap photographs of the royals as they practiced socially distanced greetings.

During the day King Felipe VI also met with the President of the Government of the Balearic Islands Francina Armengol and other politicians including President of the Parliament of the Balearic Islands Vicenç Thomàs, at the Royal Palace of Almudaina in Palma. 

Felipe VI became King of Spain in 2014 following the abdication of his father Juan Carlos whose whereabouts is currently unknown.

The Spanish Royal Household has declined to comment on Juan Carlos’s location since he announced that he was going into exile last Monday.

It has been alleged that the former King is hiding out in a £10k-a-night suite at a luxury Abu Dhabi hotel after fleeing amid the ongoing corruption scandal.

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