On Monday morning, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince and Princess of Asturias received an official farewell at the Barajas Airport from the Minister of Culture, D. Ángel Gabilondo; the Mayor of Madrid, D. Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón and the Chief of Defence Staff of the Armed Forces, General José Julio Rodríguez.

After the ceremony, Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia boarded the plane that will take them to their first official visit to the Republic of Chile. The Minister of Culture and Innovation, Dr. Cristina Garmendia, the Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs and Ibero-America, the Secretary of State of Foreign Trade and the General Secretary of the King’s Household travel with them.

The visit starts tomorrow in Santiago de Chile with a ceremony at the crypt of Bernardo O’Higgins and a meeting with the President and his wife at the Presidential Palace.  Later tomorrow the Prince of Asturias will open an economic and business forum; for this event around 200 Spanish companies will travel to Chile.

Photos: Casa de Su Majestad el Rey/Borja Fotógrafos, Terra