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Duke of Marmalade 06-06-2016 02:23 PM

Official Visit from the United States, July 9-11
 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...cal-elections/

President Obama will visit Spain in July, White House officials announced Monday, just weeks after that nation holds critical elections.

lula 06-15-2016 03:37 PM

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.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/polit...f93_story.html

lula 06-29-2016 04:23 PM

Michelle Obama arrives to Spain

Michelle Obama llega a España donde se reunirá con la reina por su causa solidaria a favor de la educación - RTVE.es

Michelle Obama recibida con un ramo muy especial a su llegada a Madrid con sus hijas y su madre

An Ard Ri 06-29-2016 04:40 PM

The US First Lady arrives in the USA

Getty Images

Michelle Obama Pictures And Photos | Getty Images

carlota 06-29-2016 05:07 PM

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.

https://www.casareal.es/ES/Actividade...spx?data=12836

ANNIE_S 06-30-2016 05:29 AM

FLOTUS and Queen Letizia live on "Let girls learn" event:
+24, canal 24h en directo y multicámara - RTVE.es

Great speech both in English and Spanish, without reading, by Queen Letizia. I arrived to late for Michelle's speech, I hope to get a video soon.

Pictures: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CmMGggOXEAAyZzN.jpg
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lula 06-30-2016 05:37 AM

@CasaReal

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@USembassyMadrid

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Photos

Belga Image - Editorial

Belga Image - Editorial

La reina Letizia y Michelle Obama unen fuerzas en pos de una educación universal - Foto 1

Doña Letizia y Michelle Obama presiden el acto de Let girls learn. Fotogalerías de Casas Reales

Letizia Ortiz y Michelle Obama en el Matadero de Madrid

033016 'Let Girls Learn' initiative, Madrid - Images | jose gegundez | photographer

MIchelle Obama and Queen Letizia of Spain Attend 'Lets Girls Learn' - Pictures - Zimbio

An Ard Ri 06-30-2016 06:36 AM

Wonderful photos both ladies look lovely!

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Wonderful photos both ladies look lovely!

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ANNIE_S 06-30-2016 08:04 AM

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/CmMmws7XIAA29FV.jpg

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CmMnQkaXEAAByMB.jpg :flowers:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CmMnPiWWMAAd4LJ.jpg
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CmMnM9LWMAAU_ma.jpg
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:
https://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.

Emmily 06-30-2016 09:45 AM

Love the outdoor pictures you posted, Annie, thank you!

ANNIE_S 06-30-2016 10:04 AM

This video from their meeting a Zarzuela is great, they seem to have a very friendly, animated talk ;)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gQRWCXAvQw

Duke of Marmalade 06-30-2016 10:42 AM

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.

Duke of Marmalade 06-30-2016 11:20 AM

Here is the proof: Letizia does speak English :lol:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xTqvlDEMnk

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.

carlota 06-30-2016 11:29 AM

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Originally Posted by Duke of Marmalade (Post 1904717)
Here is the proof: Letizia does speak English :lol:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xTqvlDEMnk

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gQRWCXAvQw#t=55

also sweet to see how michelle runs towards letizia to meet her :)

ANNIE_S 06-30-2016 01:22 PM

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 :flowers:
Michelle Obama y la reina Letizia comparten escenario por la defensa de la educación de las niñas, Telediario - RTVE.es A la Carta

An Ard Ri 06-30-2016 01:34 PM

I really liked Letizia's speech ,she came across as very natural and her English sounded a little on the posh side :biggrin:

TLLK 06-30-2016 02:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Duke of Marmalade (Post 1904717)
Here is the proof: Letizia does speak English :lol:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xTqvlDEMnk

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.

lula 06-30-2016 04:39 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZswJ4JT9zhc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGd0iDNmIb0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-H-LPOlOhc

chuchu 06-30-2016 05:27 PM

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Originally Posted by TLLK (Post 1904772)
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.

Emmily 06-30-2016 06:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TLLK (Post 1904772)
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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