The King and Queen are visiting today three towns in the region Castilla La Mancha. The first stop is Villanueva de los Infantes - that happens to be the town where both my parents were born and where most of my family lives
My grandma is already there at the main square, she just phoned me!
The regional TV of Castilla La Mancha is broadcasting live the visit, there is quite a crowd! Here is the link, I don't know if it can be seen abroad:
TV en directo - RTV Castilla-La Mancha
It's such a great day for the town, my grandma told me they have been preparing the visit for weeks.
For the local schools and high schools today it's holiday. The Tourist Information Office has posted a pic of the kids groups heading the main street towards the square:
A couple of pics of Felipe greeting the crowds:
Short video of the arrival from Twitter:
And shortly before, the festive mood on the square: https://twitter.com/danielgportet/st...41542436671488
Last time a King of Spain visited Villanueva de los Infantes was in 1926, with Alfonso XIII (Felipe's great-grandfather). My grandma's mother usec to remember that visit and how all the people in town went to the main square to see the King. At the luncheon, the town's baker created some special small cakes that seems to have been very much of the King's pleasing, so much that he used to have some sended to Madrid from the local bakery from time to time. The bakery (still going on with that baker's descendants) became famous in the region for "the king's cakes", and the baker named them "alfonsinos" to honour the King. Felipe and Letizia will receive some "alfonsinos" among other presents