Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain have hosted a lunch for the President and First Lady of the United Mexican States at the Palace of La Zarzuela in Madrid, which is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family. President Enrique Peña Nieto and First Lady Mrs Angélica Rivera are finishing a tour of Europe in which they have visited the city of Hanover in Germany and the Netherlands. The First Lady appeared to give a respectful nod to her Spanish hosts by wearing a red blouse to honour Spain.
Before the luncheon offered by King Felipe and Queen Letizia, President Enrique met with Spanish Prince Minister Mariano Rajoy where they shared their views and stances on bilateral relations domestically and abroad.
Later that afternoon, President Enrique visited the Casa de México in Spain which is a 2,700 square-metre building located in the central district of Madrid. The Casa de México is a project led by a coalition of the City Council of Madrid and Mexican Embassy in which the goal is to foster bilateral relations between Spain and Mexico by focusing on Mexican culture within Spain, such as the arts, food, and economic activities.
This was not the first time President Enrique had met with King Felipe. The then Prince Felipe attended President Enrique’s presidential inauguration in 2012. In June 2014, President Enrique and Mrs Rivera visited Spain for a State Visit. Then again that December, the President and His Majesty visited each other during the Ibero-American Summit that was held in Veracruz. The last time Their Majesties met with the President and First Lady of Mexico was during Their Majesties State Visit to Mexico in 2015.
The relationship between Spain and Mexico seems to be more than strengthening by the growing and warm relationship between the Spanish Royal Family and the First Family of Mexico.