From selfies with ‘Las Meninas’ to historic agreements





The capital of Spain has hosted in the last two days a historic NATO summit that has crossed the borders of the Ifema site and has left several anecdotes and images. On this occasion, RTVE.es has collected in 12 photos the most striking events: from the selfies of political leaders in front of the Las Meninas to the formal invitation to Sweden and Finland.

The main leaders of the countries of the Atlantic Alliance arrived in Madrid on the eve of the first day this Tuesday, when the kings received them at the Royal Palace in a formal dinner.


French President Emmanuel Macron kisses Queen Letizia’s hand AP

During the visit to the Royal House, he also highlighted the good relationship between the French president, Emmanuel Macron, and the French first lady, Brigitte Macron, with Queen Letizia. In fact, the affectionate greeting of the president to the monarch and that of the queen to Macron’s wife, whom he hugged and kissed effusively, did not go unnoticed.


King Felipe VI and the President of the United States, Joe Biden, at the Royal Palace in Madrid EFE

Also striking was the complicity of King Felipe VI and US President Joe Biden, who was received by the monarch at the Torrejón de Ardoz air base and met again with His Majesty before the event with the rest of the leaders. Biden’s jokes made the king laugh during much of the meeting, something that was captured in the photograph.

Turkey withdraws the veto on Sweden and Finland: a historic step

On Wednesday, the summit kicked off with leaders welcoming and greetings, some more warm than others. But it definitely started with the family photo of the attendees at the Ifema sitean unforgettable memory for the capital.

It was on the first day of the summit that NATO took a historic step by formally invite Sweden and Finland to join the Alliance.


NATO Secretary General Jens Stolteneberg, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson EFE

After weeks of negotiations, the invitation was possible after the two countries reached an agreement on Tuesday with Turkey, which had vetoed its entry because it accused Helsinki and Stockholm of protecting terrorist groups, mainly the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). .


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg REUTERS


Dinner at the Prado Museum

Wednesday ended with dinner for heads of state and government at the Prado Museum, where they also enjoyed concert offered by the kyiv Symphony Orchestra and tasted a menu prepared by the Spanish chef José Andrés. In all, they attended 30 alliesthe Secretary General of NATO, European institutions and the six non-alliance EU members.


Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi speaks on the phone upon his arrival at the Prado Museum EFE

In the museum, one of the anecdotes of the day starred Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who had to take a call upon arrival and while the rest of the leaders contemplated the paintings. Hours later, Draghi left Madrid and took a flight to Rome to chair this Thursday, amid tensions in his coalition, a meeting of the Council of Ministers on economic measures.


The President of the United States, Joe Biden, together with the Prime Minister of Malta, Robert Abela, in the Prado AP

Las Meninas It was the painting that caused the most sensation among political leaders. In fact, the president of the United States and that of Malta, Robert Abela, took a selfie in front of Velázquez’s work.


The heads of state attending the NATO summit observe the painting “Las Meninas” in the Prado Museum EFE

The visit to the museum also left a very special family photo which closed the first day of the summit.


Group photo of the leaders invited to the NATO summit in Madrid and their companions at the Prado Museum AFP

He was somewhat more solitary during much of the walk through the Prado on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who enjoyed in solitude the contemplation of the paintings.


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson looks at Titian’s painting “Charles V on Horseback” EFE

The main course of the dinner menu, prepared by José Andrés, was low-temperature lamb shoulder with lemon purée; and under the name “Flavors of Madrid”, the dessert combined Chinchón anise, Aranjuez strawberry, wafer and violet caramel in a single dish.


Chef José Andrés during the dinner offered by the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, at the Prado Museum EFE

The cultural agenda of the spouses and the queen’s complicity with Jill Biden

During the two days that the summit lasted, Queen Letizia and the consorts of NATO leaders They have carried out various cultural activities in parallel to the international event, such as the visit on Wednesday to the Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso.


Chef José Andrés, US First Lady Jill Biden, and Queen Letizia J.BIDEN/TWITTER

A day before, on Tuesday, Her Majesty and US First Lady Jill Biden, went together to the reception center for Ukrainian refugees in Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid, where the complicity between the two was clear. There they also met with chef José Andrés, with whom they took a selfie.


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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