Marquez surprises Spanish Royals
18 November 2004, CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA- Spain's King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia were greeted with a surprise when author Gabriel Garcia Marquez met them as they arrived for the Colombian leg of their tour of the Americas. The Nobel Prize-winning author was in the reception committee greeting the royal couple as they arrived in Colombia early Thursday.
18 November 2004
CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA- Spain's King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia were greeted with a surprise when author Gabriel Garcia Marquez met them as they arrived for the Colombian leg of their tour of the Americas.
The Nobel Prize-winning author was in the reception committee greeting the royal couple as they arrived in Colombia early Thursday.
Juan Carlos and Sofia arrived at Cartagena from the Argentine city of Rosario, where they had attended the opening ceremonies of the 3rd International Congress of the Spanish Language.
Several Colombian air force helicopters escorted the Spanish air force jet carrying the monarchs, who were accompanied by Madrid's foreign minister, Miguel Angel Moratinos.
After disembarking, and in the presence of a military honour guard, King Juan Carlos warmly embraced and chatted for a few moments with Garcia Marquez, whose presence among the welcoming entourage had been unexpected.
The writer, who lives in Mexico, has been in Cartagena since the end of October, when he returned to his native country after being abroad for six years.
During their stay in the city, the royals will have a hectic agenda which includes a number of political and cultural events.
The Colombian president Alvaro Uribes will receive the monarchs at the city's House of Illustrious Guests and, later, the Spanish king and the Colombian leader will meet privately.
Later, Juan Carlos and Sofia will visit the Escuela Taller that the Spanish Cooperation Agency has in the city, as well as the institution's new facilities here in the Santo Domingo Convent, which has been restored by Spain.
After a lunch offered by the Uribes, Sofia and Lina Moreno will attend a performance at the Pedro de Heredia Theatre, and in the early evening the monarchs will host a reception for the city's Spanish community before attending a private dinner with their hosts.
On Friday morning, Juan Carlos and Sofia will leave Cartagena for San Jose, Costa Rica, to attend the 14th Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government.
The royals previously visited San Jose in 1994 to attend the 4th Summit, and they were last in Colombia in 2001, when they were the guests of then-President Andres Pastrana.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news