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Old 10-31-2019, 11:24 AM
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Spanish State Visit to Cuba. November 12 to 14, 2019

Their Majesties the King and Queen’s State Visit to the Republic of Cuba

​The Directorate General of Diplomatic Communication and Information has announced the following:

Their Majesties the King and Queen will make a State Visit to the Republic of Cuba from 12 to 14 November

This State Visit is part of the events commemorating the V Centenary of the foundation of the city of Havana and will enable for the excellent and intense bilateral relations between the Kingdom of Spain and the Republic of Cuba to be reflected upon at the highest level.

Their Majesties the King and Queen’s State Visit to the Republic of Cuba
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Old 10-31-2019, 03:10 PM
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In the end the state visit will always take place. I don't know if it was the right time for this visit.
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There is a lot of polemic about this state visit in Spain, it could be interpreted as a support to the dictatorship if there is no encounter with the opposition. Human Rights Watchers critizise the trip because there is no transition to democracy in sight and people are being suppressed.

The date has also generated criticism as the Head of State will leave the country on November 11, the day after the general elections to be held in Spain on November 10, and whose result will most likely be uncertain and point to a new political blockade, in addition to the ongoing separatist violence in Catalonia.
The date of the 500 anniversary of the foundation of Havana will be celebrated on November 16, but the Kings will go a few days before not to coincide with other guests of the Cuban regime, such as the dictators of Venezuela or the Nicaragua.

https://www.abc.es/espana/abci-sanch...9_noticia.html
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Old 11-01-2019, 12:17 PM
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I don't understand why Sanchez didn't decide to cancel this trip.
Sanchez has acted badly on a number of issues, such as Catalonia, and is now damaging the image of the Kings and Monarchy by not canceling this trip, which is still on top of the election. Anyway ...
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It is odd that the King will be in Cuba when he should be meeting with political parties leaders to decide on his proposed PM candidate following the November 10 election.
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Old 11-08-2019, 02:01 AM
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https://www.express.co.uk/news/royal...neral-election
Why Spain election candidates are trying to stop King’s trip to Cuba
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Old 11-10-2019, 02:51 AM
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Old 11-10-2019, 08:26 AM
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Monday 11

Official Farewell Ceremony

Arrival to La Habana

Tuesday 12

Welcome ceremony with the president, Miguel Díaz-Canel at the headquarters of the State Council

Floral offering at the José Martí memorial

Act of signing the Framework Agreement for Country Cooperation

Meeting with representatives of the civil society of the island

Visit to the exhibition organized by the Agency Efe and Iberia on the graphic history of Spain and Cuba in La Habana Great Theater

Dance gala in which tribute will be paid to the Cuban dancer and choreographer Alicia Alonso (Prince of Asturias Award)

Queen Letizia visits the Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos school-workshop, founded in 1992 with the support of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation

Official dinner

Wednesday 13

Visit to La Habana Vieja

Decoration with the Grand Cross of Carlos III to the historian Eusebio Leal

Delivery to the city of the shield of La Habana made in the Royal Tapestry Factory

Reception to the Spanish community in Cuba, which will be attended by a thousand people

King Felipe meets Spanish businessmen who have interests in Cuba

Presentation of Javier Mariscal's book on the 500 years of La Habana

Presentation of the work "The Guardian", a warrior figure made by Xavier Mascaró

Dinner in the Palace of the General Captains

Thursday 14

Visit to the Goya Self-Portrait given for a month by the Prado Museum to the Museo de Bellas Artes for the commemoration of the foundation of the Cuban capital

Visit to the Molecular Immunology Center

Trip to Santiago de Cuba

Tribute to the fallen Spanish in 1898 in the war against the United States:

- Tribute to Admiral Cervera and the Spanish sailors killed in the naval battle of July 3 of that year that marked the end of the Spanish presence in Cuba at the Castillo del Morro "San Pedro de la Roca"

- Tribute in Loma de San Juan

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Old 11-11-2019, 10:22 AM
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Official farewell at Barajas airport

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The timing of the State Visit is most unfortunate given the political situation in Spain.
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Here are some more photos of today:


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** gettyimages gallery: ESP: Spanish Royals Depart For Cuba **
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One is surprised to see one of USA supine allies visiting Cuba.
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Old 11-12-2019, 05:36 AM
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One is surprised to see one of USA supine allies visiting Cuba.
They have a similar history with Cuba as with other south american countries.
I doubt they will do anything on this trip what would upset any allies, like meeting with any dictators.
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i love that dress on letizia and she has arms to die for that this dress showcases, but it really isn't appropriate wear for a state visit not to cover your arms and shoulders.
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Old 11-12-2019, 08:15 PM
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i love that dress on letizia and she has arms to die for that this dress showcases, but it really isn't appropriate wear for a state visit not to cover your arms and shoulders.

Perfectly dressed for a tropical country, hot and humid, all year around. The Communist country is not a place to dress up. The King and Queen were summoned to go by the Socialist Party and... they were not allow to visit the dissidents. This is a trip for the celebration of the 500 years of the foundation of Havana, Cuba’s capital.
Notice that King Felipe changed to a “guayabera” a linen dress shirt used by Cuban men. Poor Felipe must have been dying of heat with his suit.
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Old 11-12-2019, 10:11 PM
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One is surprised to see one of USA supine allies visiting Cuba.
Why?? Many of the US allies do trade and visit Cuba. Actually the only country in recent years that has supported the embargo is Israel. It may come as a surprise, but US relations with Cuba don't dictate other countries.

Royals make these trips on the request of their government. They certainly visit other countries with questionable leadership. China and Saudi Arabia among others.

Back to the actual tour:

Photos are bringing back memories for me. I went to school further east in Santiago, but we stayed in Havanna for a few days on the way in and out. It was my first experience outside Canada/USA and will always hold memories.

I have been to the church and remember streets just like that.
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The night of the day 1 King Felipe with Queen Letizia visit the exhibition "Cuba-Spain 500 years, with you in the distance".

https://twitter.com/CasaReal/status/...649154/photo/2


Attended a Ballet Gala by the National Ballet of Cuba, the Carlos Acosta Company, the National Folkloric Ensemble of Cuba and the Lizt Alfonso Company


https://twitter.com/CasaReal/status/...740160/photo/2


Official dinner

https://twitter.com/CasaReal/status/...164032/photo/4

King Felipe and Queen Letizia at the day 2 in Cuba


https://www.gettyimages.com/search/2...this_event_adp


https://www.rexfeatures.com/livefeed...it%20to%20Cuba
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