Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are in the country on a three-day official visit
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Madrid on a three-day official visit to Spain and were met as they arrived at El Pardo Palace by the Prince and Princess of Asturias, Don Felipe and Doña Letizia, who are their official hosts for the trip.
The welcome ceremony began with the two country’s national anthems, with Prince Charles and Prince Felipe inspecting the troops of the Royal Guard.
The royal couple were then welcomed by a Spanish delegation including Spain’s Foreign Minister, Trinidad Jiménez, the President of the Madrid Region, Esperanza Aguirre, and the Mayor of the Spanish capital, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón.
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have a full agenda during their stay in Spain, where promoting trade and investment between Spain and the UK is a top priority. The events include a dinner in their honour at the Royal Palace, and a reception at HM Ambassador’s Residence in Madrid.
At the dinner in honour of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall on Wednesday night, 126 guests were invited from both countries. Don Felipe spoke of his pride over the Spanish national football team, and also made a call for advances in a solution for Gibraltar.
Ending his speech in Castellano, Prince Charles thanked the Prince for his kindness and said that he and his wife were very happy to be enjoying his hospitality. Charles noted the two countries had been divided by war, religion and economic rivalry, but across the centuries there was ‘never a loss of mutual respect and admiration’.
The heir to the British throne is due to meet the Spanish Prime Minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, on Thursday and will also visit the Repsol Technology Centre in Móstoles with Prince Felipe.
EFE reports that the Duchess of Cornwall and Doña Letizia are due at the ONCE Foundation’s facilities in Boadilla del Monte on Thursday, where they’ll learn about the guide dog programme which is run by the organisation.
The couple move on to Andalucía on Friday and then travel to Rabat on Saturday to conclude their ‘spring tour’ of Portugal, Spain and Morocco.