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The day most andalusian of the Kings: Doñana, el Rocío and around the world

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Almonte (Huelva) / Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cádiz) Updated:15/02/2020 02:57h

The Kings lived yesterday a day of great constrastes. First visited in Almonte (Huelva) to the Virgin of The Dew, and then commemorated in Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cádiz) the fifth anniversary of the first trip around the world, and in both locations received apoteósicos baths of affection on the part of an enthusiastic public andalusian.

And, between both visits, they enjoyed a relative peace and solitude -own Valentine’s Day- in the Doñana National Park, where it moved through its dunes and marshes, and were able to see many animals. So many, that they seemed placed on purpose to the royal visit. And is that cows, horses, fallow deer, deer, turtles, blackberries, flamingos, wild boar, storks, ducks, gulls, and ibis, among other copies, they came out, like in the movie “The lion king”, the passage of Don Felipe and Doña Letizia, who first visited the Park as Kings.


Before, in the morning, attended a scientific congress in Almonte, where they received first-hand information about the natural park, who has just turned fifty years old and, before strolling around the Park, visited the Virgin of the Dew, that every seven years he spends nine months in this town. There they were given an impressive welcome, with, live, Spanish flags, ringing of bells, music and much, much, enthusiastic people. The Kings came to the so-called “cathedral ephemera”, placed in front of the parish church of the Assumption, which was packed almonteños.

Load is high, patriotic

In the temple, the Choir of the Brotherhood Array they sang the “Salve Rociera”, and the president of the brotherhood shouted vivas to the Virgin, the King and Spain. Later, the Kings moved on to touch the cloak of the Virgin mary and, before leaving Almonte, received some very special treats: two different releases of “Platero and I” by Juan Ramón Jiménez, for the Princess of Asturias and the Infanta Sofia, and another book for them, also of Juan Ramon Jimenez, “Diary of a poet recently married”, coinciding with the day of St. Valentine. In addition, they received a facsimile copy of the Vote of the Rocío Chico, 1813, which has a high load-patriotic as it is done in thanksgiving to the Virgin, after the expulsion of the French.


After lunch in private, the Kings changed clothes and toured the Park aboard one of those buses off-road used by tourists. Accompanied by the president of the regional government of Andalusia, Juanma Moreno, and the minister of Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, the Kings crossed the park and headed to the side of the Strut, where they watched some species of salt marsh through telescopes. Up there, we was also joined by the entrepreneur Mauricio González-Gordon, president of Gonzalez Byass and his wife, Cristina Luque. After that, the Kings continued to the Hill of the Geese, where they walked on the sand dunes and enjoyed a unique landscape and an ideal temperature, before passing through the park to the beach Malandar, where they crossed the Guadalquivir on board a boat-Olga – and landed on the beach of Bajo de Guía, in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, where he had thousands of people awaiting his arrival for hours. There they awaited the vice-president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juan Marín. In the so-called “mile zero” of the first round-the-world, the Kings commemorated the fifth anniversary of the greatest feat of seamanship in the history of mankind. And is that the same beach they left 234 men and five ships in 1519, and three years later, only returned to a ship with 18 survivors. They were hungry, sick and exhausted, but had achieved the mammoth feat of turning back the world for the first time. An epic of the Don Felipe is very proud, as a spaniard, as a marine and as a King.

Translated from ABC News https://www.abc.es/espana/abci-jornada-mas-andaluza-reyes-donana-rocio-y-vuelta-mundo-202002150257_noticia.html

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