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King Felipe and Queen Letizia open Salamaq’18

King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain opened Salamaq’18 on Wednesday, 5 September at the Exhibition Centre of Salamanca.

Their Majesties presided over the opening ceremony for the “Salamaq’18” Fair of the agricultural sector and 30 International Expo of Pure Cattle. The fair is being held from 5 September to 9 September.

The King is greeted by Virginia Barcones. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

The King and Queen were accompanied by the Minister of Agriculture, Fishing and Food, Luis Planas; the President of the Junta de Castilla y León, Juan Vicente Herrera; the President of the Cortes of Castilla y León, Silvia Clemente; the delegate of the government in the Community of Castilla y León, Virginia Barcones; the Mayor of Salamanca, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco; and by the President of the Provincial Delegation of Salamanca, Francisco Javier Iglesias. Additionally, political representatives were also in attendance.

Their Majesties viewing the facsimile of the decree Philip IV of Spain granted. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

King Felipe and Queen Letizia toured the pavilions and the exhibition area of agricultural machinery before the King and Queen viewed a facsimile of the decree Philip IV of Spain granted to Salamanca to host the pre-cursor to the current agricultural and cattle fair. The King and Queen next unveiled a commemorative plaque of their visit before assembled guests.

King Felipe unveils the commemorative plaque for Their Majesties visit. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

Salamaq’18 is an agricultural and livestock fair for Spain and southern Europe that gathers farmers and companies each year. For 2018, 208 exhibitors and professionals are occupying the 25,900 square metres of the Exhibition Centre of Salamanca. Although it is open to all of southern Europe, only Portugal and Spain are taking part this year which is celebrating the fair’s 30th anniversary.

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