After arriving in Chile the previous day Their Royal Highness started their first official visit to Chile on November 22. After Mexico, Brazil, Peru and Colombia this is their fifth official visit to a Latin American country. The anecdote of the first day was the 5.6 earthquake that woke them up around 4 in the morning, scaring the Princess who had never felt an earth tremor before. Prince Felipe, however, is used to them; the last time he was in Chile for President Piñera’s inauguration an earthquake shook the country after the big Chilean earthquake of February 2010.
The first thing on the agenda was a visit to the monument of Independence hero Bernardo O’Higgins, where Don Felipe laid a wreath. The Prince, Princess and the Spanish delegation visited the Crypt of the liberator before being received at the Presidential Palace of La Moneda, where they met with the President and the First Lady, Cecilia Morel while a military guard detail offered honors to the royal couple as the respective national anthems played.
After the meeting, the Prince of Asturias and the President had a working meeting with their respective delegations. Meanwhile, the First Lady had arranged for Doña Letizia an exhibit of traditional craftwork and a meeting with children of the Integra Foundation, of which Cecilia is president. According to the Chilean press the Princess was offered a snack of fruits and appeared relaxed, acceding to pose for pictures with the employees and the bodyguards.
Before leaving the Palace after noon, the couples exchanged gifts. The President and the First Lady gave Don Felipe an alpaca poncho and a necklace to Doña Letizia while the Prince and Princess brought a painting of Asturias.
After the official welcome in the Presidential Palace the Prince and Princess went to the Sheraton Tower Hotel, where they opened the Chile-Spain Investment Forum and Business Seminar. Besides the main Spanish companies in Chile, the Secretary of State of Foreign Trade and the Chilean Ministers of Economy, Tourism and National Heritage attended as well.
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Keep reading: Official Visit of Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia to the Republic of Chile- Day 1(Part 2): Afternoon and evening
Photos: Casa de S.M. el Rey/Borja Fotógrafos, Diez Minutos, La Voz Libre/GTres, Gobierno de Chile