Queen Letizia and the spouses visit La Granja





The Queen Letizia and some of the consorts of the leaders invited to the NATO summit They visited the Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso this Wednesday. The delegation has been formed by 14 companions of foreign leaders, plus that of the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg.



Queen Letizia (l) receives the Turkish first lady, Emine Erdogan (r) upon her arrival at the cultural events for the companions of the leaders attending the NATO summit EFE EFE/BALLESTERS

The group, also accompanied by the wife of the Prime Minister, Begoña Gómez, has traveled by AVE from Madrid to Segovia and has arrived by bus at La Granja, where His Majesty was waiting at the Door of the Walnut Staircase. From there, she has gone to the Victoria Room for a brief tour of the palace following the explanations of the guide. For her part, the first lady of the United States, Jill Biden, has traveled to the enclave in her private vehicle for security reasons.


Queen Letizia (2d), the wife of the President of the Government, Begoña Gómez (l), the first lady of Malta, Lydia Bela (l) and the Turkish first lady, Emine Erdogan (d) EFE EFE/BALLESTERS


Queen Letizia (2d), the wife of the President of the Government, Begoña Gómez (3l) and the Turkish first lady, Emine Erdogan (d) stroll through the gardens at the Granja de San Idelfonso, Segovia EFE EFE/BALLESTERS

Later, the queen and the guests have started a visit to the gardens that has included the Fountain of the Eight Streetsa group photograph in Los Baños de Diana, and the Fuente de las Ranas, from which they have seen the three phases of the hydraulic system.


Queen Letizia (c), the wife of the President of the Government, Begoña Gómez (cd) and the US first lady, Jill Biden (3d) visit an exhibition of tapestries EFE EFE/BALLESTERS


Queen Letizia (5d), the wife of the President of the Government, Begoña Gómez (3d) and the US first lady, Jill Biden (2d) visit an exhibition of tapestries EFE EFE/BALLESTERS

Once in the palace, they have visited the tapestry exhibition and, finally, they have had coffee in the King’s Bedroom. The stay at the Royal Site of La Granja de San Ildefonso has been completed at the Royal Glass Factory, where they have witnessed an exhibition of blown glass.


Queen Letizia (c) together during her visit to the Glass Factory at Granja de San Idelfonso, Segovia EFE EFE/BALLESTERS


Queen Letizia (ci), the wife of the President of the Government, Begoña Gómez (2d), the South Korean first lady, Keon Hee Kim (c) and the Turkish first lady, Emine Erdogan (2l) together with the rest of the companions EFE EFE/BALLESTERS

Two men and 12 women

Two men have been part of the group, Gauthier Destenay, married to the Prime Minister of LuxembourgXavier Bettel, and the husband of the president of Slovakia, Zuzana Caputova.


Queen Letizia (c) together with her companions upon her arrival in Madrid prior to the visit to the Reina Sofía National Art Museum EFE/BALLESTERS


Queen Letizia (c) talks with the wife of the NATO Secretary General, Ingrid Schulerud (i) EFE/BALLESTERS

The presence of Brigitte Macron, the wife of the President of France, who was at the welcome dinner last night, was expected, but in the end she has not joined the visit to La Granja. However, she did appear later at the Reina Sofía National Art Museum, where a lunch offered by Paradores will take place.


Queen Letizia (c) and her companions pose next to Picasso’s Guernica during their visit to the Reina Sofía National Art Museum EFE EFE/BALLESTERS


Queen Letizia (l) receives the American first lady, Jill Biden (r) at the Granja de San Idelfonso, Segovia EFE EFE/BALLESTERS

After starring in three acts with the queen in the last two days, the presence of the American first lady, Jill Biden, has stood out. With her have been Emine Erdogan, the wife of the president of TurkeyRecep Tayyip Erdogan, and the partners of the leaders of Albania, Belgium, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, North Macedonia, South Korea, Cyprus, Malta, and Australia.


Queen Letizia (2nd left), the wife of the President of the Government, Begoña Gómez (left), the American First Lady, Jill Biden (2nd left) and the South Korean First Lady, Keon Hee Kim (right) EFE EFE/BALLESTERS

The last activity will be this Thursday, with a visit to the Teatro Real, where they will participate in an oil tasting and a talk about the Mediterranean diet, as well as visiting the Madrid Coliseum and attending an opera rehearsal.


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

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