MADRID – Spain’s Queen Letizia participated on Tuesday in a working meeting with language experts and journalists at the Fundacion del Español Urgente (Fundeu BBVA) to discuss and resolve several linguistic issues related to current reporting.
The queen, who was a journalist for many years before marrying Prince (now King) Felipe, wanted to learn about the day-to-day activities of Fundeu, which is sponsored by Agencia EFE – Spain’s international news agency – and BBVA bank and supported by the Real Academia Española, the official royal institution responsible for overseeing the Spanish language, to promote the proper use of Spanish in the communications media.
The monarch participated in the meeting along with experts who reviewed language doubts and mistakes in the media to quickly offer their recommendations on proper usage of Spanish by Agencia EFE, and on the Web site and the social network accounts of the Fundeu BBVA.
During the Tuesday morning session, philologists and reporters, for instance, provided advice on the proper way to write the words “mufti,” “ultrarrara” (to describe a disease that is quite rare) and “premier,” referring to the British prime minister.
The queen asked how the issues discussed each day at the Fundeu BBVA are decided upon, to which the foundation’s head, Joaquin Muller, answered that the linguistic advice is provided on the basis of what Spanish-language journalists write each day.
Letizia emphasized the importance of such a forum in contrasting two points of view: that of language experts and linguists, on the one hand, and journalists on the other.
The Fundeu BBVA team showed the queen a small selection of tweets containing doubts and comments by some of the organization’s almost 235,000 followers on Twitter.
Letizia Ortiz de Borbon was received upon her arrival at the Agencia EFE headquarters by Real Academia Española chief Dario Villanueva, EFE president Jose Antonio Vera and BBVA communications director Paul G. Tobin.
The queen has closely followed the Fundeu BBVA’s work since it was founded in 2005, and in 2015 she attended its 10th anniversary celebration.