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Spanish monarchs to arrive in Havana today for official visit

Spanish monarchs to arrive in Havana today for official visitHAVANA, Nov 11 (ACN) The King and Queen of Spain, Felipe VI and Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, will arrive in Havana today to participate in the activities for the 500th anniversary of the founding of the former Villa de San Cristobal of Havana.

As scheduled, the King will lay a wreath to the Cuban National Hero, Jose Marti, and will be officially received by President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez at the Palace of the Revolution for official talks.
Meanwhile, the Queen, along with the wife of the Cuban president, Lis Cuesta Peraza, will tour Colonial Havana, visiting the emblematic San Francisco de Asis Plaza.
Felipe VI and Letizia will also attend the opening of the photo exhibition "Spain - Cuba, with you in the distance", honoring the historical relations between the two nations at the Alicia Alonso Havana Grand Theatre , where they will also enjoy a dance show in their honor.
They will also meet Eusebio Leal Spengler, historian of Havana, to whom, after a brief tour of the Historical Center, they will award the Grand Cross of the Royal and Distinguished Spanish Order of Charles III, as well as grant the banner with the shield of Havana, a hand-woven tapestry, to the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales; at the same time they will receive the Giraldilla, historical symbol of the former San Cristobal.
The Spanish monarchs will also visit the National Fine Arts Museum, as they will lend the Universal Art Collection a self-portrait of the famous Spanish painter and engraver Francisco de Goya; and will tour the Molecular Immunology Center.
The extensive official program also includes activities in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba, where they will go to the Castle of San Pedro de la Roca and pay tribute to the Spanish soldiers who fell in the Hispanic-Cuban-American war.
This is the first official visit to Cuba by the King and Queen of Spain, and has as a background the arrivals of His Majesty Juan Carlos I in 1999 to attend an Ibero-American Summit, and then in 2016, for the funeral honors of the leader of the Revolution, Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz.

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