The King and Queen of Spain have enjoyed local culture, talked business and met young people supported by a scheme to open up job opportunities as they continued their State Visit to Peru. Day two of the tour also saw Felipe VI and Letizia host a reception at the Spanish Embassy in Lima on their first State Visit to the country.
King Felipe started the day attending the Business Economic Form where the close financial and entrepreneurial links between the two countries were debated. Accompanied by Peru’s President, Martin Vizcarra, the Spanish king heard about ongoing joint projects and investment opportunities and later gave a speech focused on the changes in both economies over recent years.
Queen Letizia joined her husband for the second engagement of the day, a visit to a programme set up to help young people with disabilities to enjoy employment opportunities. The scheme also offers support to those who are in need of financial assistance. The programme, unveiled during the last Spanish State Visit to Peru in 2008, has helped hundreds of young people in recent years and Felipe and Letizia got a chance to meet some of them and hear about the scheme during their time at the Technical Office of Cooperation at Spain’s Embassy in Lima.
From there, the royal visitors headed to the Spanish Cultural Centre where they looked ahead to welcoming the artistic community to Madrid next year for the city’s annual Contemporary Art Fair where Peru will be among the guest countries asked to exhibit. They also toured a display called ‘Migratory States’ and spoke to local designers.
The day ended with a reception at the Spanish Embassy in Lima, hosted by King Felipe and Queen Letizia. They welcomed members of the Spanish community living in Peru with the Spanish monarch giving a speech in which he praised the contribution that they make to the country they had chosen to call home.
The Spanish State Visit concludes on November 14th when King Felipe is due to attend a meeting looking ahead to the celebrations planned for the 200th anniversary of Peruvian independence from Spain which take place in 2021. A visit to the Repsol refinery is also planned before King Felipe heads to Guatemala for the Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government.