FELIPE VI will make his first visit as king to volatile Catalunya this Thursday, June 26, to preside over a royal prize ceremony in Girona.
The act has been seen as the new king’s first trial at facilitating dialogue between Madrid and the region’s pro-independence movement.
Felipe – originally the Prince of Girona – has passed on the title to his daughter, Princess Leonor.
However, Girona – known as one of the fiercest independence supporters – has recently passed a motion that denounced any association with this title.
The king and his wife, Queen Letizia, will meet with Catalunya president and leader of autonomy campaign Artur Mas at a dinner following Thursday’s prize ceremony.
Mas continues his call for an independence referendum this November despite the government deeming such an act illegal.