Thursday, 20 November 2014

Royals in Rome

It's been a busy week for King Felipe and Queen Letizia. Less than seven days after touching down in Luxembourg for an introductory visit that segwayed into a courtesy call on Bruseels they completed a hat trick of hellos when the royals hit Rome. A trio of trips that have allowed the new monarch and his consort to make their mark on Europe.

The King and Queen of Spain during their introductory visit to Rome on November 19th 2014

The third visit followed the pattern of many of the others. The royal couple were given an official welcome and then met the head of state - President Giorgio Napolitano. The president and his wife posed for photos with their guests before a private lunch.

Felipe and Letizia are given an official welcome on their arrival at the Quirinale Palace at the start of their official visit to Rome

There was also an opportunity for the newest king on the continent and his wife to meet leading politicians and during their time in Rome Felipe and Letizia said hello to the Prime Minister of Italy, Matteo Renzi, as well as to the President of the Senate and the President of the Chamber of Deputies.

The Prime Minister of Italy,Matteo Renzi, with his royal guests at the Chigi Palace in Rome

The visit, as usual, lasted one day and is part of an ongoing tour being carried out by the king and queen following the accession of Felipe VI on June 19th 2014. But while the summer was busy for the royal couple, November has been jam packed with visits - November has been a series of new encounters for Felipe and Letizia.

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