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lula 03-07-2006 02:59 PM

Princes of Asturias attend Portuguese Presidential Inauguration: March 9-10, 2006

The Princes of Asturias get together tomorrow with Sampaio and Cavaco Silva before the relief in the Portuguese Presidency

LISBON, 7 Sea. (Of EUROPA'S PRESS corresponsal , Patricia Ferro)-

The Princes of Asturias, don Felipe and dona Letizia, come tomorrow to Lisbon to be present on Thursday at the capture of possession of the resident of the Republic of Portugal, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, who happens in the cargo to the Socialist Jorge Sampaio. Before they will meet character deprived with both agents chief executive.
Tomorrow after their arrival to the military airport of Lisbon on 14.40 local time (one more in Spain), the Princes will support a meeting in the Palace of Belén with the one that was during a decade the president of the Portuguese, Jorge Sampaio, who besides shares a personal friendship with the King Juan Carlos.

Later, Don Felipe and Dona Letizia will move to Queluz's Palace (locality placed to approximately 20 kilometres to the northwest of Lisbon) to meet the one that from Thursday will be the chief of the State of the Portuguese during the next five years. In the same scene, the Princes of Asturias will be present on Thursday at the Cavaco's first ceremony as president of the Republic, in which it will impose the Great Necklace of the Order of the Freedom on Jorge Sampaio.

On the following day, the Heir and his wife will be united to more than 900 guests than they will attend in the Assembly from the Republic the taking of possession of the Social Democrat (right center) Aníbal Cavaco Silva like head of the State, after gaining by absolute majority in first return the elections of past 22 of January.

LaChicaMadrilena 03-07-2006 03:58 PM

So, according to this article they will spend two days in Portugal and one night. Do you think they will take Leonor with them?:) (hope hope hope)

Elsa M. 03-07-2006 04:39 PM

The Portuguese Parliament is prepared to receive next Thursday, at 10:00 AM, near 900 people, for the investiture of Cavaco Silva as President of the Republic. Among the many international figures there will be the former-president of the U.S.A., George Bush, the president of the European Commission and former-prime-minister, José Manuel Durão Barroso, the Princes of Asturias, Felipe de Borbón and Letizia Ortiz, and the brother of the king of Morocco, Moulay Rachid.

After the swearing-in ceremony, Cavaco Silva will offer a lunch to the foreign delegations in the Palace of Queluz, where he will also pay homage to Jorge Sampaio.

The last act of Cavaco Silva’s first day of mandate will take place around 6:30 PM, with a reception in the Palace of Ajuda, in Lisbon.

Here's a video about the ceremony:

Elsa M. 03-08-2006 09:43 AM

The Princes of Asturias, Don Felipe and Doña Letizia, will visit today the salient president of Portugal, Jorge Sampaio, and the new elected one, Aníbal Cavaco Silva.

According to the official program, the Princes arrived in Lisbon at 2:40 PM and it’s predicted that, shortly after, they were received by Jorge Sampaio (who tomorrow completes two presidential mandates that totalize 10 years as President), at the Palace of Belém. Later, Don Felipe and Doña Letizia will go to the Palace of Queluz, where Cavaco Silva is provisionally settled, to prepare his own mandate, after the electoral victory, conquered last January22nd.

Thursday, the Princes will represent Spain in the swearing-in ceremony of Cavaco Silva in the Portuguese Parliament, next to more than 900 guests, among whom the ex-president of the USA, George Bush, the presidents of Eastern Timor, Xanana Gusmão, and Guinea Bissau, Nino Vieira.

Then the Princes of Asturias will attend the official lunch that inaugurate Cavaco Silva’s mandate and later they will return to Madrid.

During this decade as President, Sampaio demonstrated a strong friendship towards the Spanish Royal Family, which was corresponded by Don Juan Carlos and Doña Sofía, who even had lunch with the Luso president and his wife, in their personal residence of Lisbon.

LaChicaMadrilena 03-08-2006 12:58 PM

Do you think we will have any pics f their today's activities, are they formal one? Or do we have to wait untill tomorrow?

Elsa M. 03-08-2006 02:10 PM

Jorge Sampaio received today a farewell letter of King Juan Carlos, from the hands of the Prince of the Asturias. Felipe de Borbón is in Portugal in representation of the SpanishState to attend the investiture of Cavaco Silva, this Thursday, in the Assembly of the Republic.

The hearing with Felipe de Borbón started at 4:00 PM and lasted 25 minutes. The heir of the Spanish crown gave the president a letter from the King of Spain, with whom Sampaio kept relations of great proximity during the 10 years of mandate. The friendship between Madrid and Lisbon was one of the subjects of the meeting, and the Prince thanked the impulse given by Sampaio to the narrowing of the connections between both countries. At the end of the meeting, the Head of Portuguese State accompanied the Prince of Asturias to the door, without any declarations to the journalists.

After the meeting with Jorge Sampaio, the prince was received by Cavaco Silva in the Palace of Queluz, where he arrived at 5:00 PM, after displacement encircled of tight security measures. The meeting, which was requested by the Spanish heir lasted more than half an hour.

lula 03-08-2006 02:25 PM

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The Prince Felipe with Jorge Sampaio

Elsa M. 03-08-2006 02:29 PM

The Prince of Asturias, Felipe de Borbón, assured today that there will be more meetings with the new Portuguese president, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, after this first one, in the eve of swearing-in ceremony.

Don Felipe, who was received by Cavaco in the Palace of Queluz, after his arrival in Lisbon, said that 'as head of the Spanish delegation, he wanted to congratulate him for his electoral victory and to wish him much success as the leader of the Republic of Portugal'. After declaring that this was a private conversation of near 35 minutes, the Prince added that he also wanted 'to offer all the Spanish support as far as our bilateral relations, the work in the European Union and the international agendas are concerned. The Prince also added that previously he had paid a visit of courtesy to the salient president Jorge Sampaio, to ‘thank for his personally personal connection and his affection to the Royal Family’. With Sampaio, 'we talked about these years of Presidency and how Spain is contented for his efforts in tightening the bilateral relations’.

Sources of the Palace of Belém informed that the Prince of Asturias gave Sampaio (during his meeting of half an hour, which was described as 'very warm’) a personal letter from King Juan Carlos. During these ten years of mandate, Sampaio maintained a very close relationshio with the Spanish monarch, who visited his personal residence in Lisbon and accepted the invitation to visit the archipelago of Açores, last Summer.

Sampaio accopanied the Prince of Asturias to the Pátio das Bicas of the Palace of Belém, where his car was parked and expressed his desire ton that he 'comes to Portugal more frequently’.

Portuguese diplomatic sources said to EFE that Spain will probably be the destiny of the first State Visit of the new president Cavaco Silva.

Tomorrow, the Princes of Asturias will represent Spain in the swearing-in ceremony in the Parliament.

lula 03-08-2006 02:30 PM

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lula 03-08-2006 02:32 PM

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Elsa M. 03-08-2006 02:47 PM

The Princes of Asturias, Don Felipe and Doña Letizia, arrived today in Portugal to represent Spain in the investiture of Aníbal Cavaco Silva. At the militar airport of Lisbon, the Princes were received by the Ambassador of Spain, Enrique Panés, the head of the Portuguese State Protocol, Manuel Corte Real, and a short military company that received them with military honours.

After the two meetings of today with the incoming and salient presidents, Don Felipe and Doña Letizia do not have any official activities planned.

mtbcm 03-08-2006 03:14 PM

I've just seen Prince Felipe on the television, after leaving Palácio de Belém... but I haven't seen Letizia... did you?!

But it was so nice to hear his speaking, with that strong voice and that secure speech...

Thank you lula for photos...

mtbcm :)

Elsa M. 03-08-2006 03:24 PM


Originally Posted by mtbcm
I've just seen Prince Felipe on the television, after leaving Palácio de Belém... but I haven't seen Letizia... did you?!

Letizia never attends these previous meetings with the presidents. We'll have to wait till tommorrow;)

Here's a video of these meetings.

Some other images can be found also in this link (choose the screen that says "Telejornal")

mtbcm 03-08-2006 03:29 PM

Have you seen pictures or images of them arriving or entering the Spanish Embassy?!

K. :)

Elsa M. 03-08-2006 03:42 PM

On their arrival at the military airport of Figo Maduro, in Lisbon, the Princes were received by the ambassador of Spain in Lisbon, Enrique Panés, and his wife, who gave Princess Letizia a bouquet. Later, still in the airport, the Princes greeted the authorities that were waiting for them, namely the head of Protocol of the Presidency of the Republic of Portugal, Corte Real, the director of the Cervantes Institute of Lisbon, Ramiro Fonte, the chancellor of Defence, Pablo Estrada, the Counsellor Minister of the Spanish embassy, Alvaro Alabart, among others.

Tonight the Princes will have a dinner of private character.

Tomorrow, Don Felipe and Doña Letizia, who travelled to Portugal accompanied by the Secretary of State for European Affairs, Alberto Navarro, will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Cavaco Silva, which will be attended by 900 guests.


Originally Posted by mtbcm
Have you seen pictures or images of them arriving or entering the Spanish Embassy?!

I saw them passim on TV. Letizia was wearing something black, I think.

Juanita 03-08-2006 06:32 PM

They will have lunch in Palacio de Queluz which is very close to my town about 5 or 10 minutes in the car!! And i can't see them!! :( :mad:
I want to see the Prince!!! He will be very close to me and i can't see him!!! I will get upset!! :D :D

Elsa M. 03-09-2006 04:28 AM

The TV brodcasting has already started. They'll most probably show their arrival. In case anyone wants to check it, see the link:
(you may have to select the blue icon, at the right hand, saying SIC Notícias)[/quote]

purple_platinum 03-09-2006 04:36 AM

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Prince Felipe & Princess Letizia's Arrival in Lisbon, Portugal

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isis 03-09-2006 04:51 AM

I think that she dyed her hairs, no?
in all case, she is as always gorgeous end very elegant

fanletizia 03-09-2006 05:26 AM

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1.-listens to former U.S. president George Bush at the Portuguese parliament in Lisbon March 9, 2006
2.- listens to South African President Thabo Mbeki at the Portuguese parliament in Lisbon March 9, 2006

Princes of Asturias

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