King Juan Carlos gives the Order of the Golden Fleece to French President Nicolas Sarkozy on January 16 at the Royal Palace. The order is a recognition to the French state and President for the cooperation in the fight against ETA.
This is the first time since 1931 that the president of a republic receives the "Golden Fleece", and that the act is celebrated solemnly in the Royal
Palace of Madrid.
The event will start at 13.00, with a meeting at the Official Chamber, where Alfonso XIII appointed his knights. The act of imposing the order will be held in the Hall of Columns where there will be speeches by King Juan Carlos and Sarkozy. At the end of the event will be a lunch.
King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofía, Prince and Princess of Asturias
Mariano Rajoy, President of the Government
Jesus Posada, President of Congress
Pio Garcia Escudero, President of Senate
Pascual Sala, President of Constitutional Court
Carlos Divar, President of Supreme Council of the Judiciary
José Manuel García-Margallo, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
Jorge Fernández Díaz, Minister of Interior
Esperanza Aguirre, President of the Community of Madrid
Ana Botella, Mayor of Madrid
Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, spanish Secretary of State for the EU
Carlos Bastarreche, Spanish ambassador to France
Felipe González, José María Aznar and José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, former spanish presidents.
Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic
Claude Guéant, Minister of Interior
Eduard Courtial, Secretary of State for French expatriates
Bruno Delaye, French ambassador in Spain
Knights of the Orden of the Golden Fleece
Infante Don Carlos
Simeon of Bulgaria
Constantine of Greece
Alonso Suárez, representing his father, former presient Adolfo Suarez
Javier Solana, politician
Víctor García de la Concha, formen director of the Spanis Royal Academy
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