LUXEMBOURG – The Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, accompanied by his heir, Prince Guillaume, offered a cordial welcome to the King and Queen of Spain Tuesday at the Grand Ducal Palace upon their arrival to the Luxembourg capital in their first official visit to the country, which will continue onto Belgium on Wednesday.
Luxembourgers and Spaniards applauded the royals while a lone cry of “Viva la Republica” echoed around the square and was immediately followed by “Viva el Rey” and “Viva la Reina.” The king and queen received a friendly welcome from Grand Duke Henri as they stepped out of their car.
Prince Guillaume travelled to Luxembourg airport to welcome the Spanish monarch and his wife before accompanying them to the palace, a Spanish renaissance building that was adorned by the flags of both nations and the EU.
An official welcoming ceremony was held outside the palace and included an honor guard.
Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo accompanied Don Felipe and Doña Letizia, who posed smiling for the media after greeting the delegations from both countries as well as members of the public.