King Felipe celebrates his great-grandfather’s life by having lunch with Albert

Spain’s King Felipe hosted the lunch of Prince Albert of Monaco at La Jarzuela Palace this afternoon, marking the 100th anniversary of the death of the prince’s great-grandfather.

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The two royals shook hands outside the royal residence in Madrid before a private meal in honor of the late Prince Albert.

Prince Albert, 64, is currently visiting Portugal and Spain to celebrate the life and 33 years of his great-grandfather’s reign.

Before assuming the throne at the age of 41, the late Royal served as a sailor in the Spanish Navy and was awarded the Order of Honor of the French Army for his services in the Franco-Prussian War.

After his military career, Albert I became more interested in oceanography and completed 28 expeditions around the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.

In Portugal, the prince is remembered for discovering a narrow shelf around the Azores, which fueled the country’s fishing industry.

To this day it is known as ‘Princess Alice’s Shelf’ in honor of the ship on which Albert was sailing.

Thanks to his pioneering oceanographic studies, Albert and his team of biologists, zoologists and geographers produced the world’s first map of ocean depths.

Prince Albert II, 64, is celebrating the life and reign of his great-grandfather by visiting Spain and Portugal 100 years after his death. Photo before lunch with the King of Spain, 54
Prince Albert II, 64, is celebrating the life and reign of his great-grandfather by visiting Spain and Portugal 100 years after his death. Photo before lunch with the King of Spain, 54

The prince died on 26 June 1922 at the age of 73 – leaving his son Louis II, whose son Rainier III married American actress Grace Kelly, to inherit his post.

Today’s engagement of Albert II comes on an already busy week for King Felipe, following Spain’s National Day celebrations on Wednesday.

The king was accompanied by his wife, Queen Letizia, and their daughter, Princess Sophia, who oversaw the annual military parade in Madrid.

Letizia was as elegant as ever in a matching polka dot mint green frock for the outing as the family immersed in the pomp and spectacle of the National Day. This holiday is celebrated to commemorate the 1492 arrival of Christopher Columbus in America.

Sofia wore her hair down, styled in loose ringlets with minimal makeup, while Letija kept her locks in a sleek up-do, paired with pear-drop earrings and a smoky eye.

King Felipe, who ascended the throne in 2014, looked drab in full military uniform while overseeing a military parade.

They were joined in the capital by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Roble.

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