Crown Prince Felipe surprised Spanish troops stationed in Lebanon with an unannounced visit today. The soldiers are doing peacekeeping work in the Middle East nation.
“He is in fact today in Lebanon to meet with Spanish troops,” a spokesman for the Royal Palace said, confirming earlier reports in the Spanish media.
The 40-year-old prince arrived in Beirut on Friday morning, where he was received by Spain’s ambassador to Lebanon, Miguel Benz.
Crown Prince Felipe is expected to take part in an homage to Spanish troops who have been killed in Lebanon while at Spain’s Miguel de Cervantes military base.
Six members of the Spanish contingent serving in Lebanon were killed in 2007 when a booby-trapped car exploded as their patrol vehicle passed by.
This is not the first time the Prince of Asturias made an impromptu visit to his country’s soldiers. In June, he did the same to troops stationed in Afghanistan.
Prince William has been everywhere this week. From charity events to appearances in Wales, the second in line to the British throne has been charming Britons along the way.
First stop was on Wednesday at St Paul’s Cathedral, where William attended the Lord Mayor’s Appeal of 2008, to mark the end of his patronage of the charity. Every year, the Mayor of London chooses a charity to benefit, and this year it was the Wellbeing of Women, which William is a patron of.
The Prince said of his involvement with the appeal, “It is fantastic that enough money has been raised for the two charities to develop their life-saving projects and I look forward to following the progress of these valuable initiatives in the future.”
Music and food were part of the evening. The talent of the evening was teenage violinist Jennifer Pike, accompanied by the Philharmonic Orchestra.
Then on Thursday, Prince William met with homeless youngsters at Centrepoint, a charity once championed by his mother, the late Princess Diana. The Princess of Wales was patron from 1992 until her death in 1997.
In a speech, William paid tribute to his mother for introducing him to the charity, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this week.
“It’s a charity with which both my mother and father were passionately involved.
“Our visits to Centrepoint with my mother stayed with me and that’s why it’s the first charity I wanted to be involved with.
“I was much younger, better looking and naïve then, but it helped to open my eyes to the world so many young London people face.”
In his light-hearted address, William said, “I don’t want to say too much because there’s lots of food and drink going around and the young guys probably want to get more involved in that than listen to me talk.”
Prince William then walked amongst the young people and chatted with them. One eighteen year old girl, Jasmine, was so overcome with meeting the future King, she began to stammer.
Keen to help her relax, the prince leant towards her, laughed, and said, “Don’t worry about it, just imagine me naked.”
Saturday, William of Wales stopped by the place that bears his title, to open Media Wales’ new center in Cardiff.
Upin entering the reception area of the building, the Prince exclaimed “Oh my God!” when asked if he recognized anybody on a montage of famous faces on the walls.
William was then given a tour of the multi-media newsroom by managing director Keith Nye where he shared jokes with staff.
William was shown more photographs of himself when he met staff on the picture desk and joked, “2,000 pictures of me looking gormless.”
The Prince met executive editor Sandra Lloyd who was monitoring incoming news and said: “I’m surprised it’s not Obama, Obama, Obama all the way down.”
This busy week for the Prince ends with the announcement of his, and brother Harry’s, project private secretary, Geoffrey Matthews, leaving his post this Christmas. This is simply because he has very little to do, now that Prince William will join the RAF next year. It was expected that Matthews will help the Prince adjust to become a full time working royal, but with William’s abrupt decision to work in the military, Matthews’ position has little meaning.