Michelle Obama gets royal treatment in Spain

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US First Lady Michelle Obama and her youngest daughter lunched with Spain's King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia Sunday at the royal summer residence on the Balearic island of Majorca.

Obama, nine-year-old Sasha and their entourage flew into the Majorcan capital of Palma from the glitzy Mediterranean resort of Marbella, where they have been staying since Wednesday at a deluxe hotel.

They are to leave for Washington later Sunday at the end of their Spanish holiday.

The royal couple and Princess Letizia, wife of crown Prince Felipe, met the Obamas at their Marivent Palace outside Palma.

Prince Felipe was not present as he is returning from a visit to Bogota where he attended the swearing in of Colombia's new president, Juan Manuel Santos.

The menu released to the press included gazpacho soup, grilled turbot and veal with mustard sauce, rice, mushrooms and tumbet, a traditional Majorcan vegetable dish, with fresh fruit and ice cream for desert.

The meal was washed down with white and red Spanish wines -- Marques de Riscal and Remirez de Ganuza Reserva 2002.

On Saturday night, the Obamas dined at a restaurant near Marbella, despite speculation that the US first lady might attend a charity gala at the Villa Padierna hosted by Hollywood stars Antonio Banderas and Eva Longoria.

Banderas told reporters that "it's nice that people such as this take notice of our land," referring to his native Andalucia region of southern Spain, but urged that Michelle Obama "not be disturbed" during her holiday "or she will not come back."

During their four-day stay on the Spanish mainland, the Obamas have visited the historic cities of Granada and Ronda and spent time on the beach.

They and their entourage stayed at the five-star Hotel Villa Padierna in the hills above Marbella, a haunt for the rich and famous.

The White House has described the four-day stay in Marbella as "a private, mother-daughter trip with longtime family friends".

President Barack Obama, who celebrated his 49th birthday on Wednesday, stayed behind in the United States as did the couple's elder daughter, 12-year-old Malia, who is attending a summer camp.

© 2010 AFP

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