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Official Visit from the United States, July 9-11

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President Obama will visit Spain in July, White House officials announced Monday, just weeks after that nation holds critical elections.
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Old 06-15-2016, 03:37 PM
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First lady to promote education in Liberia, Morocco, Spain

Michelle Obama plans to promote her year-old global girls’ education initiative during a late June trip to Liberia, Morocco and Spain.

The White House says the three-country trip is booked for June 27 through July 1. The first lady will travel with daughters Malia and Sasha, and her mother, Marian Robinson.

In Spain, Mrs. Obama plans a speech in Madrid about her education initiative. She’ll also meet with Queen Letizia.

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The US First Lady arrives in the USA

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malia's dress upon arrival was dangerously short - particularly for an arrival at an airport, where it is usually windy. i love on the other hand sasha's combination, even if i would also have preferred it to be longer for the daughter of the president of the US. what i liked is that sasha is sporting some henna on her hand - potentially done yesterday when she was in morocco!

James Costos, ambassador to spain from the US, was there to welcome them - he will be malia's boss shortly, as she will intern in the madrid embassy!

michelle will meet letizia tomorrow and have lunch with her at zarzuela.

http://www.casareal.es/ES/Actividade...spx?data=12836
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Wonderful photos both ladies look lovely!

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Old 06-30-2016, 08:04 AM
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Pics taken at Zarzuela Palace:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CmMmtu2WEAAp1yY.jpg
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CmMmukaWgAAqKAW.jpg
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https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CmMnOfCWYAAA0DX.jpg

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CmMrrf8WAAAdXyy.jpg

Almost a copy of those taken at the White House back in September:
http://6www.ecestaticos.com/imagesta...ime=1442386477

And a video: https://twitter.com/CasaReal/status/748488772447240192
Seems that Malia and Sasha don't accompany Michelle to the lunch, finally. A pity.
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Love the outdoor pictures you posted, Annie, thank you!
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This video from their meeting a Zarzuela is great, they seem to have a very friendly, animated talk
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Michelle Obama meets Queen Letizia of Spain in Madrid* | Daily Mail Online

Michelle's dress is very unflattering, doesn't suit her body shape at all.
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Here is the proof: Letizia does speak English


I find her accent quite strong and not easy to understand but no different from other Spaniards who did not grow up with the language. Penelope Cruz' English is not better and Rafa Nadal's much worse, despite being on the tennis tour circuit for over a decade.
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Here is the proof: Letizia does speak English


I find her accent quite strong and not easy to understand but no different from other Spaniards who did not grow up with the language. Penelope Cruz' English is not better and Rafa Nadal's much worse, despite being on the tennis tour circuit for over a decade.
i liked that she is speaking freely and not following a formal speech - i think this is one of the first times we've heard her speaking english in this manner. she made some grammatical mistakes and definitely has an accent, although you can tell that she was trained in diction - with some words sounding slightly british-accented.

and speaking about speaking freely: i liked this video where you can hear letizia speaking bits in english informally with michelle obama - not all of it is audible, but it is nice to hear royals speaking other languages informally outside from speeches:



also sweet to see how michelle runs towards letizia to meet her :)
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A TVE video from the evnt this morning, showing bits of Michelle and Letizia's speeches. The First Lady had some lovely words to Queen Letizia
Michelle Obama y la reina Letizia comparten escenario por la defensa de la educación de las niñas, Telediario - RTVE.es A la Carta
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I really liked Letizia's speech ,she came across as very natural and her English sounded a little on the posh side
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Here is the proof: Letizia does speak English


I find her accent quite strong and not easy to understand but no different from other Spaniards who did not grow up with the language. Penelope Cruz' English is not better and Rafa Nadal's much worse, despite being on the tennis tour circuit for over a decade.
I found her easy to understand, but agree that she does have a strong accent owing to the fact that she learned English as an adult. Letizia is an excellent public speaker IMO.
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I found her easy to understand, but agree that she does have a strong accent owing to the fact that she learned English as an adult. Letizia is an excellent public speaker IMO.
I had no problem understanding her.
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I found her easy to understand, but agree that she does have a strong accent owing to the fact that she learned English as an adult. Letizia is an excellent public speaker IMO.
Very nice! I've not heard her speak English before, and if she learned it as an adult she does quite well. Yes, a strong accent, but I understood all she that she said.
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