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Thursday, February 26, 2009

The King and Queen of Spain -- Photo Friday

On Thursday, February 19, King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia joined the 450th celebration of Pensacola. This year, Pensacola is celebrating it's 450th year. Pensacola was actually settled in 1559, as the first settlement. Unfortunately, a hurricane wiped it out so it isn't considered the longest continuous settlement. King Carlos gave a speech at Plaza Ferdinand. They had a lunch and explored different parts of the city that celebrate the common heritage. I didn't get to see too much because I was working, but we were able to wave at the motorcade as they drove past! Thanks A for letting me use your pictures from the speech!

King Juan Carlos and his wife, Sofia

Walking by the crowd before their speech

Saying hello

Gathering before the King's appearance

Check out other great travel photos at Delicious Baby!


minnemom said...

Very interesting--thanks for sharing!

Debbie said...

We went all the way to Spain and didn't see royalty... how kind of them to come to you ;)

Anonymous said...

Cool thing to see, kinda of, in your own backyard.

globalgal said...

My favorite royals! How lucky they came to visit! BTW, the longest continuous settlement, St. Augustine, was founded by a man from my husband's hometown in Spain, Avil├ęs, on the northern coast. Now they are sister cities.

Anonymous said...

I didn't realize Pensacola was that old, but it makes sense now that I think about it!
Thanks for the photos and the mini-history lesson :)