Prince Albert II and King Felipe VI in Madrid on April 22nd 2016
When they meet, attention is usually focused on their wives. But for an audience in Madrid on April 22nd, Albert of Monaco and Felipe of Spain came along solo and ended up in the spotlight themselves. The Prince of Monaco popped along to see the King of Spain at the Zarzuela Palace while he was in Madrid to promote his Foundation. The men met in private and posed for photographs in front of one of the famous tapestries that usually hang in the audience rooms of the Zarzuela.
Felipe and Albert during their audience
Prince Albert's Foundation aims to protect the environment and promote sustainable development on a global scale. It was set up in 2006.
The two royals also held a private meeting
The establishment of the Foundation came just a year after the start of Albert's reign - he became sovereign on Monaco in April 2005 on the death of his father, Rainier III. Felipe succeeded to the Spanish throne in June 2014 on the abdication of his father, Juan Carlos I. Two modern royals fulfilling destinies set out for them early in their lives, And on a Friday afternoon in Madrid, they had time for a quick royal chat.