The Spanish king Felipe VI received an unexpected gift from an unexpected donor when he last visited the EU headquarters in Brussels.
It was Pablo Iglesias, EU parliamentarian and leader of the Spanish extreme left party Podemos, which honored the king with a box of the first four seasons of the fantasy series “Game of Thrones” on Blue-ray. Besides Iglesias Felipe also met European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and President of the European Council Donald Tusk.
“I am breaking the protocol to give you a gift that I think you like,” said Pablo Iglesias. Whereupon the king took to the box, and explained that he “had not seen the series”.
It is strictly regulated what gifts the royal family can receive, but it appears that this gift falls within the allowable. They can not accept gifts that exceed standards for normal courtesy, and they must not be too expensive. In this case, the gift is valued at moderate 80 €. They can not accept gifts that could be considered commercial advertising.
All gifts are recorded in a log and price assessed by a commission that classifies them as either institutional or private. Those considered to be institutional disclosed to Cultural Heritage, while the private stays private. All gifts are published on the royal family’s website following year, with a brief description of the gift and the person or institution that has bestowed it and gift her final destination, use, etc.
Venezuela is often in the news
Royalties and other heads of state receiving gifts that sometimes are being referred is not entirely uncommon. Former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was during a visit presented with a T-shirt with the then Spanish King Juan Carlos invitation to Chavez: “¿Por qué no te callas? “(Why do you not shut up). For those who follow the news it is perhaps not totally unexpected if the current president of Venezuela will soon receive a similar suggestion.