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Spain's new King, Queen meet terror victims during first official function

Published on Jun 22, 2014 12:12 AM

MADRID (AFP) - The new King and Queen of Spain, Felipe VI and Letizia, carried out their first official function on Saturday, meeting "victims of terrorist violence".

In sombre dress - the Queen in white, the King with a blue tie - the new monarchs spent an hour with representatives of around 20 victims' groups in the Zurbano Palace in Madrid.

Accompanied by Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz, they observed a minute's silence to the memory of those killed in attacks by the Basque separatist ETA and left-wing GRAPO, as well as the Madrid train bombings by Islamist radicals in 2004.

The groups welcomed the statement by King Felipe during his address to Parliament on Thursday in which he paid homage to the "victims of terrorist violence who lost their lives or who suffered to defend our freedom".

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