King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain become the first Spanish monarchs to visit Cuba in 500 years

kingQIn “History in the making: King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain become the first Spanish monarchs to visit Cuba in 500 years,” Latoya Gayle (Mail Online) reports on a recent visit to Cuba by King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain.

Queen Letizia and King Felipe of Spain have been officially welcomed to Cuba with a a ceremony at the Revolution Palace, after arriving in the former colony last night night.

Their highly significant visit to the Communist-ruled Caribbean island is the first time that Spanish royals have made a state visit in 500 years .

Spain is Cuba’s third largest economic partner – after China and Venezuela – with $1.39 billion in 2018, and the former colony was one of the last to gain independence from Madrid in 1898.

The four-day tour aims to highlight and strengthen the ties between Spain and Cuba, with the royals meeting key cultural and entrepreneurial figures, and marking the 500th anniversary of Havana, founded on November 16th, 1519.

Letizia and her husband follow in the footsteps of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, who made a historic state visit to Cuba in March 2019, the first members of the British royal family to do so.

Former journalist Letizia oozed elegance as she joined her husband King Felipe at the Revolution Palace, where they were received by President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel and his wife Lis Cuesta as part of a welcome ceremony.

Mother-of-two, Letizia, beamed in a stylish polka dot dress paired perfectly with heeled black mules and a co-ordinating clutch bag, for a sleek appearance.

The royals began their time in Cuba by placing a floral offering ceremony at the José Martí Mausoleum. The monument pays tribute to Cuban national hero José Martí who had a major impact on Latin literature.

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