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Spain’s king plays tour guide as royals continue to show support for travel industry

King Felipe, Queen Letizia
Casa de S. M. El Rey

Two German visitors to Mallorca got an unexpected start to their holiday on the Spanish island when King Felipe and Queen Letizia provided the official welcome. The meeting came during the royal couple’s visit to the Balearics, part of their ongoing tour around Spain to show support for business and industry as the country reopens following tight restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.

Wearing masks and keeping a suitable physical distance, King Felipe and Queen Letizia got chatting to the tourists who greeted their royal tour party with a bow and a curtsy. ‘Welcome to Spain’ was the response before the royals chatted about the situation in Mallorca with Felipe telling the visitors that ”the most important thing is that we give confidence.”

Felipe and Letizia had arrived in Mallorca early on June 25th for a day of visits designed to show support for a range of industries. They started with an outdoor meeting at the Iberostar Cristina Hotel where they spoke with representatives from the island’s tourism sector to find out how the pandemic has impacted them and how they will adapt going forward.

King Felipe, Queen Letizia
King Felipe and Queen Letizia enjoy a walk along the S’Arenal beach in Mallorca
(Casa de S. M. El Rey)

They were also told about the hotel’s own measures to prepare for reopening, offering free stays to employees and their relatives so that they could test the health measures put in place to ensure safety for paying visitors.

A major focus of the day was work going on in the area to help vulnerable people who have been impacted further by the coronavirus pandemic. The King and Queen of Spain heard from organisations supporting those in poverty or experiencing social exclusion who outlined how conditions had deteriorated for some groups over the past months. Projects focused on training and improving access to education and digital support were highlighted during the royal visit.

Queen Letizia, King Felipe
Casa de S. M. El Rey

The balance between restarting the economy and keeping residents and visitors safe and healthy as the pandemic continues dominated discussions at the royal couple’s last stop, the Riu Concordia Hotel. Here, Felipe and Letizia were shown the plans put in place to ensure good hygiene and prevent the spread of coronavirus. They heard about the establishment of travel corridors between Mallorca and parts of Europe while their hosts explained how tourism will be a central plank of the recovery programme for the island.

There was also a chance for the King and Queen of Spain to take a stroll along the sea front where they spoke to several of those enjoying a walk along the beach. During their walk, they also spoke to Mallorcan authorities about the challenges the pandemic has brought with it.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia plan to visit all the autonomous communities of Spain in the coming weeks to show support for social, economic and tourist initiatives.

About author

Lydia Starbuck is Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton, a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. June has been a reporter, producer and editor, picking up several awards over the years. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.