El Rey, in Puerto Rico for the 500th anniversary of the founding of San Juan


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On the occasion of the celebration of the V centenary of the foundation of the city of San Juan, Felipe VI will travel this Monday to Puerto Rico. He will remain there until January 26, when he will move to Tegucigalpa (Honduras) to attend the inauguration of the elected president, Xiomara Castro.

This is the second visit of don philip to Puerto Rico after in 2016 it inaugurated together with the Queen Letizia the VII International Congress of the Spanish Language In San Juan. Now the capital celebrates five centuries since its foundation, in 1521, by the Spanish. But due to the pandemic the celebrations of this anniversary have not been able to have

place so far.

Although the first settlers arrived on the island in 1493, it was not until 28 years later that the first governor, Juan Ponce de León, gave the capital its current settlement. Don Felipe’s visit for this 5th centenary -who is accompanied by the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Kings Maroto, and the Secretary of State for Foreign and Global Affairs, Angels Moreno Bau– does nothing other than highlight the very special bond that exists between Spain and Puerto Rico, ties that have intensified in recent years from the political, economic and cultural point of view.

In the House of Spain

It is planned that the Rey arrive this afternoon at Luis Munoz International Airport and move to the House of Spain, where he will hold a meeting with a representation of the Spanish community. On Tuesday morning, he will meet with the Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Peter Pierlusi, at Saint Catherine’s Palace, his official residence. Later, the mayor of the capital of San Juan, Michael Romero, will give you the key to the city.

Don Felipe’s agenda in San Juan, Puerto Rico will not rest, as it is a trip with a great political, economic, historical and cultural component. In addition to the meetings with the authorities, it is expected that the Economic and Business Forum, which will be attended by Spanish and Puerto Rican businessmen. In addition, the King will visit the exhibitions on Juan Ramon Jimenez and the legacy of Pau Casals, Besides of San Juan Museum and the Church of Saint Joseph.

Since 1996

The inauguration of the president of Honduras will be the 74th to which Don Felipe will attend and the seventh -after Mexico (2018), Panama (2019), Uruguay (2020), Bolivia (2020), Ecuador (2021) and Peru (2021)- since he is Head of State.

It was in 1996 when Juan Carlos I entrusted to his son the task of representing the Corona in the investiture ceremonies of Ibero-American presidents. When Don Felipe was proclaimed King in 2014, Don Juan Carlos began to exercise this function, which after his retirement from public life Felipe VI again assumed.

All these trips mean that Don Felipe has very close relations with the vast majority of Ibero-American leaders, who especially value the King’s attendance at inaugurations.

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