Official Visit to Chile Day 1-Part1
Official Visit to Chile Day 1-Part 2
On November 23 Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia opened a exhibition in the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Spanish artist Chema Mádoz, who won Spain’s Nationl Prize of Photography in 2000. The Chilean Minister of Culture and actor, Luciano Cruz-Coke; Santiago’s Mayor, actress Delfina Guzmán , the President of Spanish Cultural Action, Charo Otegui, writer Pablo Simonetti and the artist Chema Mádoz were all waiting for the Prince and Princess, who arrived at 11:30 a.m. Twenty minutes later, Cecilia Morel, the First Lady, arrived and the exhibit was officially opened. Don Felipe and Doña Letizia also opened the Museum’s restored porch, as the old one was affected by the 2010 earthquake.
After the visit to the Museum, the Prince and Princess of Asturias had lunch at the Residence of Spain’s Ambassador in Chile with Chilean intellectuals like the writer Antonio Skármeta; the movie director Matías Bize; the former minister Juan Gabriel Valdés; the manager of the Latinobarómetro Marta Lagos; the former senator Carlos Ominami; the lawyer and president of the “Comunidad Mujer” NGO, Esperanza Cueto; the journalists Tamara Avetikian and Constanza Santa María; the mathematician Eric Goles; the businessman Jorge Andrés Saieh and the director of the “Hogar de Cristo” NGO, Susana Tonda.
In the afternoon, Their Royal Highnesses had a meeting with members of the Chile-Spain Foundation. The Foundation promotes exchanges between both countries.
The final engagement took place at six o’clock in the evening, when Don Felipe and Doña Letizia received the Spanish community living in Chile for a cocktail and a reception. After the Prince gave an speech thanking them for attending and delivering greetings from Their Majesties the couple shook everybody’s hands and stayed around 45 minutes at the reception.
Around a quarter past nine, the Prince and Princess arrived in Antofagasta, in the North of Chile, where the Royal Couple will continue their visit.
Photos: Soy Chile/Sigfrido Carrasco, Daylife, Casa de S.M. el Rey/Borja Fotógrafos, Diez Minutos