King Felipe rose above recent public criticism of his family as he stepped out in Madrid today.
Felipe, 53, was joined on the engagement by the Minister of Labour and Social Economy Yolanda Díaz, who called out his two sisters for getting the Covid-19 vaccine during a visit to Abu Dhabi.
But there didn’t seem to be any conflict between the Third Deputy Prime Minister, 49, and King Felipe, 53, as they attended an awards ceremony together on Thursday.
The duo appeared to be in excellent spirits as they shared a laugh while arriving at the seventh Confederation of Medium and Small Enterprises (CEPYME) awards ceremony at Reina Sofia Museum, in Madrid, Spain.
Felipe’s wife Queen Letizia, 48, did not appear to be present at the annual awards ceremony, which Felipe was chairing and made a speech at alongside the labour minister.
King Felipe and Yolanda Díaz shared a laugh together at an awards ceremony in Madrid on Thursday, weeks after she criticised his sisters’ for getting the Covid vaccine in Abu Dhabi
It comes weeks after Yolanda, 49, criticised Princess Elena, 57, (left) and Princess Cristina, 55, (right) for getting the Covid-19 jab while visiting their father Juan Carlos in Ahu Dhabi
The appearance comes weeks after Yolanda criticised Felipe’s sisters – Princess Elena, 57, and Princess Cristina, 55 – for getting the Covid-19 vaccine while visiting their father and former King Juan Carlos in Ahu Dhabi, rather than waiting to get the jab in Spain.
‘It is very unpleasant, very ugly,’ Yolanda told Spanish state television TVE at the time. ‘We, the people who exercise some sort of representation, must lead by example.’
Both princesses defended their decision to get vaccinated in the United Arab Emirates, where Juan Carlos has been living in self-exile since August, in a statement to El Mundo.
They said: ‘My sister and I went to visit my father and in order to be issued with a medical certificate which will allow us to continue to visit him regularly, we were offered the chance to get vaccinated, which we accepted.
‘Had it not been for these circumstances, we would have waited for our turn to get vaccinated to come around in Spain.’
But the recent controversy did not seem to have affected Yolanda and Felipe as they were seen avidly chatting and sharing a laugh as they arrived at the function together.
But the recent controversy did not seem to have affected Yolanda and Felipe, 53, who shared a laugh as they arrived at Reina Sofia Museum together
The labour minister looked effortlessly glamorous in a bold scarlet high-neck gown for the ceremony, which she teamed with a pair of nude heels and an elegant silver bangle bracelet
Third Deputy Prime Minister Yolanda could have been mistaken for Queen Letizia, who did not appear to be at the ceremony, as she surprisingly resembled the royal while chatting with the King of Spain.
Felipe cut a sophisticated figure in a dapper black suit which he stylishly paired with a dusty blue shirt and a patterned tie for the awards ceremony.
He kept himself protected amid the ongoing Covid-19 crisis by sporting a white face mask as he arrived at the event, before showcasing his chic silver beard while making a speech.
The labour minister looked effortlessly glamorous in a bold scarlet high-neck gown for the ceremony, which she teamed with a pair of nude heels and an elegant silver bangle bracelet.
Yolanda wore her golden tresses cascading in a loose wave across her shoulders and sported a palette of bronzed make-up with a generous slick of rouge lipstick
The Minister of Labour and Social Economy (left) could have been mistaken for Queen Letizia (right), who did not appear to be at the ceremony, as she surprisingly resembled the royal
The Spanish royal kept himself protected amid the ongoing Covid-19 crisis by sporting a white face mask as he arrived at the event, while his wife Queen Letizia, 48, was not present
Meanwhile, Yolanda wore her golden tresses cascading in a loose wave across her shoulders and put her safety first with a vibrant geometric face mask as she avidly chatted with Felipe.
The politician bore a striking resemblance to the glamorous Queen Letizia as she shared a laugh with King Felipe while arriving at the awards ceremony to make her speech.
Yolanda seemed to be taking tips from Felipe’s wife’s signature fashion choices, as her stunning gown appeared to be very similar to a crimson frock the Queen donned while launching a tourism campaign at The Prado Museum last summer.
Letizia appeared to be absent from the function after a busy week which saw her visit an insurance company headquarters in Madrid just one day previously.
The royal couple recently celebrated Easter weekend with their two teenage daughters – Leonor, Princess of Asturias, 15, and Infanta, Sofía of Spain, 13.
Each year, the Spanish royal family attend the Easter Mass at the Cathedral-Basilica of Santa María de Palma de Mallorca in Palma on the island of Mallorca, however, the celebrations were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic this year.
Felipe showed off his chic silver beard as he chaired the seventh Confederation of Medium and Small Enterprises (CEPYME) awards ceremony at Reina Sofia Museum
Felipe cut a sophisticated figure in a dapper black suit which he stylishly paired with a dusty blue shirt and a patterned tie for the awards ceremony
Felipe and Yolanda posed next to the lucky prizewinners during the annual awards ceremony at Reina Sofia Museum on Thursday
Their eldest child Leonor carried out her first solo engagement last month while visiting a Madrid language school, soon after it was announced that she will study at the renowned UWC Atlantic College, based at the 12th century St Donat’s Castle in Wales, from September.
Felipe and Letizia have been keeping busy so far this year with royal engagements, and visited Andorra last week for their first state visit to the principality since King Felipe VI became King in 2014.
The trip came ahead of Andorra’s presidency of the Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government in April, which King Felipe will also attend.
Andorra is one of the smallest states in Europe. It is an independent European co-principality situated among the southern peaks of the Pyrenees Mountains and bounded by France and Spain.