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King Felipe and Queen Letizia on first State Visit since pandemic

King Felipe and Queen Letizia visit Andorra
Casa de S.M. el Rey

The King and Queen of Spain are in Andorra for their first State Visit since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Felipe VI and Letizia arrived in the tiny principality, which neighbours their country, on March 25th 2021 for a two day trip. The couple took part in a formal departure ceremony at Barajas Airport in Madrid ahead of the short journey to the Principality, which nestles in the Pyrenees.

Andorra has two co-princes as heads of state. One of them, Enric Vives, the Archbishop of Urgell in Catalonia, received them in person while the other, the President of France, was represented by Patrick Strzoda for the official welcome ceremony which took place in the 16th century Casa de la Vall.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia were then introduced to some of the parliamentarians of Andorra and signed the Book of Honour before heading into Andorra la Vella for a tour of the city. They also headed to the City Hall where they met the Consul and Deputy Consul. From there, the couple travelled to the Andorra Park Hotel for an engagement with the staff of the Spanish Embassy in the country.

Queen Letizia then took part in a meeting with Andorra’s Minister of Education, Ester Viarrubia, where they discussed issues including the full involvement of students with disabilities in all parts of the education system.

King Felipe had an audience with Andorra’s Prime Minister, Xavier Espot, in the government buildings. The Spanish Monarch also met political representatives in his afternoon engagements.

The day concluded with an official dinner with King Felipe thanking his hosts for their warm welcome during this first Spanish State Visit to Andorra. In his speech, given partly in Catalan, the Spanish monarch also referred to the long, shared history between the two countries and to their current challenges including the coronavirus pandemic. King Felipe finished with a toast ”wishing for the best relations between Spain and Andorra, for the friendship between our peoples and for a shared future of progress and prosperity for our two nations.”

The Spanish State Visit to Andorra continues on March 26th 2021.

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