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The diplomat Camilo Villarino Marzo, 59, is already the brand new head of the King's House. The Official State Gazette (BOE) publishes this Monday, dated final Friday, the decrees of appointment of Villarino and dismissal of his predecessor, Jaime Alfonsín, freely disposed of by Felipe VI in accordance with article 65.2 of the Constitution.

The substitute on the head of the King's House, the physique that helps the pinnacle of state, was introduced final month, however has not materialized till now. La Zarzuela has given the change a really discreet profile, to the purpose that it has not summoned the media for the swearing-in ceremony of the brand new head of the King's House, who has the rank of minister.

Villarino's first public act would be the go to that Felipe VI will make tomorrow, Tuesday, to the headquarters of the Supreme Command of the Allied Forces in Europe, in Mons (Belgium); though this afternoon the King will obtain the Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, in viewers. On Sunday, the Head of State will preside on the National Museum of Art of Catalonia, in Barcelona, ​​on the Mobile World Congress (MWC) dinner, which he’ll inaugurate the next day.

Villarino, a local of Zaragoza, married and with three daughters, entered the diplomatic profession in 1989. In June 2017, the then Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alfonso Dastis, of the PP, appointed him head of his Cabinet, a place wherein It was maintained by his successor, the socialist Josep Borrell, and by his successor, Arancha González Laya. The Zaragoza choose who was investigating the entry into Spain of the Polisario chief, Brahim Gali, in April 2021, to be handled for a critical Covid situation, cited Villarino as a defendant resulting from his place as Minister González's most direct assistant. Laya, however the case ended up being archived when the existence of a criminal offense was not appreciated.

The Government even requested the slap de Villarino to nominate him ambassador in Moscow, however the brand new Foreign Minister, José Manuel Albares, withdrew the request and the diplomat joined the European External Action Service (EEAS) in March 2022, the place six months later he turned head of the Borrell's Cabinet. Graduated in Law from the University of Zaragoza and graduated from the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium), he has a high-level course on the European College of Security and Defense. He has been assigned to the Spanish Embassy in Zagreb (1994-1997), the Permanent Representation of Spain to the EU (1997-2002), the Embassy in Washington (2008-2013), as an advisor for transatlantic relations and safety issues. and protection; and on the Embassy in Rabat, the place he was minister counselor and deputy head of mission (2013-2017). In addition, he’s an Army reserve officer with a captain's job, assigned to the Military Emergency Unit (UME).

For his half, Jaime Alfonsín Alfonso, 67 years outdated, has spent nearly three a long time on the service of Felipe VI. He was appointed head of the King's House after the proclamation of the pinnacle of State, in June 2014, so he has been on the head of the La Zarzuela equipment for nearly 10 years and has been the one one that has held this place with the present Monarch. However, his relationship goes again a good distance, since Felipe VI appointed him head of his Secretariat in 1995, when he was Prince of Asturias.

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In the preamble to his dismissal decree, the King praises Alfonsín, of whom he says: “He has provided outstanding services to the Crown, the Royal Family and me personally for almost three decades, with great loyalty, success and enormous dedication, demonstrating at all times an unwavering adherence to the institution, as well as a deep love for Spain.”

“As a token of my gratitude and affection, in order to continue counting on your valuable and loyal advice after so many years of generous service, first as head of my Secretariat as Prince of Asturias and later as head of my House, […] I come to order that, from now on, he performs the functions entrusted to him as a private counselor,” he concludes.

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