20 February 2017

Monday Tidbits for February 20: Verdicts and More

Headlines from Spain headline our Tidbits this week:

--A Spanish court handed down verdicts on Friday in the lengthy trial of Infanta Cristina - one of the elder sisters of King Felipe VI - and her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin. It's a scandal that has plagued the whole royal family for several years. The Nóos case accused Urdangarin and his business partner of using their Nóos Institute sports foundation to obtain no-bid government contracts, and of channeling the profits through tax havens for their own personal use. Infanta Cristina was found not guilty of tax fraud complicity. Urdangarin was found guilty of several counts of tax fraud and corruption and was sentenced to six years and three months in prison. Both must pay fines. The King stripped Infanta Cristina of her Duchess of Palma de Mallorca title in 2015; the family has been living in Switzerland since 2013. [El País, New York Times]

--The Danish royal family hit the slopes in Switzerland for a little vacation, so Crown Princess Mary shared some photos she took of the kids. [Facebook]
HRH the Crown Princess/Kongehuset

--A major new dress exhibition opens at Kensington Palace on February 24. Diana: Her Fashion Story tracks the fashion journey of Diana, Princess of Wales and her image as we approach the 20th anniversary of her death. [Guardian]

--King Harald V turns 80 on February 21, and with Queen Sonja turning 80 herself in July, celebrations lie ahead. (The government will hold a gala dinner for the couple in May!) They've kicked things off by releasing a new series of photos of the royal couple and their family. [ParisMatch]

--And finally, over at the Jewel Vault: a little bit of green and a whole lot of orange.

Coming up this week: State visits in Sweden and Spain will await our judgment...

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