King Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain are on a six-nation tour of Latin America, designed to strengthen Spanish ties on that continent.
King Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain are on a six-nation tour of Latin America, designed to strengthen Spanish ties on that continent. Their first port of call was Venezuela, where they received the appropriate royal welcome.
SYNOPSIS: It's the second major tour of its kind for King Carlos since the Spanish monarchy was restored nearly two years ago. The King and Queen, accompanied by Spanish foreign Minister, Marcelino Oreja, were greeted at Caracas airport by Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez It's also the King's second visit to Venezuela -- last year, he stopped off for eight hours at the start of his first Latin-American tour.
Following the airport ceremony the party drove into Caracas, where President Perez presented King Carlos with the Order of the Liberator, and Queen Sofia with the Order of Andres Bello. He also awarded them both the orders of Isabel the Catholic.
After Venezuela, the couple were continuing to Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama. All six nations maintained relations with Spain during the 37 years of dictatorship by the late General Francisco Franco.