King Felipe and Queen Letizia had a busy Friday with four engagements. The couple attended the closing of the Scientific Congress commemorating the 50th anniversary of Doñana National Park, visited Doñana National Park and Parish of Our Lady of the Assumption on the occasion of the Mariano del Rocío Jubilee Year and spent time in San Lúcar de Barrameda.
Their first event was at the closing of the Scientific Congress commemorating the 50th anniversary of Doñana National Park at the Salvador Távora Theatre. The ceremony began with the screening of “Breathe Doñana” before discussions regarding the past and future of the park commenced.
Next, the King and Queen paid a visit to the Parish of Our Lady of the Assumption on the occasion of the Mariano del Rocío Jubilee Year, where the Virgen del Rocío is located.
Their Majesties met with members of the public outside the parish before heading into the building alongside members of the clergy where they had a quiet moment in front of the image of the Virgen del Rocío while a choir performed the Salve Rociera. Felipe and Letizia then fulfilled the tradition of touching the mantle of the Virgin.
King Felipe and Queen Letizia’s third event was visiting the Doñana National Park in Huelva.
The park houses a variety of ecosystems with unique biodiversity in Europe. Several bird species are in the park including some endangered species like the Spanish imperial eagle and Iberian lynx.
Their Majesties spent time at the Biological Station and the area of Vera del Puntal where they viewed the park through telescopes and binoculars. They next travelled in an off-road vehicle to the Centre of the Ansares to view the different ecosystems in the park. They concluded their time at the park at the mouth of the Guadalquivir River where they boarded the “La Olga” barge headed toward Sanlúcar de Barrameda.
Finally, the royal couple arrived at the Olaso Pier to visit Bajo de Guía in the Cadiz town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. They were greeted by very excited crowds, and they did a walkabout to meet the Spanish people.
King Felipe unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the V Centenary of the First Circumnavigation of the World of Magellan and Elcano while the Queen looked on.
In September 1519, five ships, led by explorer Ferdinand Magellan, set sail and completed the first circumnavigation of the planet. Magellan died during the trip, and his duties were taken over by Juan Sebastián Elcano. Only 18 of the 234 men who set out on the trip returned alive.