King and Queen of Spain to Visit San Antonio for Tricentennial

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King Felipe VI of Spain and Queen Letizia of Spain attend the Armed Forces Day on May 26, 2018 in Logrono, Spain.

Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia are scheduled to visit San Antonio next week, June 16-18, as part of the city’s yearlong Tricentennial celebration, City officials announced Thursday.

“We welcome Their Majesties to visit San Antonio during our Tricentennial year to collaborate and build a stronger foundation now and in the future,” Mayor Ron Nirenberg said. “The everlasting impact of Spain’s culture is woven into the fabric of San Antonio’s legacy for generations to come.”

The Spanish monarch and his queen will commemorate the city’s Spanish roots and inaugurate two major art exhibitions during their time here: Designing America: Spain’s Imprint in the U.S. and Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Painting from the Museums of Madrid, scheduled to open June 23 at the San Antonio Museum of Art.

Designing America: Spain’s Imprint in the U.S. shows historic documents and the combined narration of texts, images, and audio-visual elements to display contributions Spain made to the construction to the city. The exhibition organized by Fundación Consejo España-Estados Unidos in partnership with Biblioteca Nacional de España (National Library of Spain) will be shown in the Bexar County Courthouse.

Paintings in Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Painting from the Museums of Madrid are by El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, Picasso, and others, many of which have never been shown in the US before.

The two will tour sites that represent the deep Spanish influence in the city, including the Spanish Governor’s Palace and the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Mission San José.

“As we welcome Their Majesties, the King and Queen of Spain, to the community, we are reminded of the unique, shared history that San Antonio and Bexar County have with Spain,” Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said in a press release. “From our urban layout to our architecture and cuisine, we can see Spanish influences in our daily lives. We are honored to celebrate our Tricentennial year with them and continue to collaborate to provide prosperity for all.”

An official dinner will feature local chefs Johnny Hernandez, Elizabeth Johnson, and Steve McHugh. The dinner, showcasing San Antonio’s UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy Designation, will be hosted in the historic Pearl brewery.

The two-day visit will also include opportunities for economic development discussions and a special Young Hispanic Leaders Summit, organized by the Fundación Carolina of Spain, in collaboration with the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The couple will begin their trip to the United States with a two-day visit to New Orleans, then travel to San Antonio, and conclude with a reception by President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., according to international media outlets.


9 thoughts on “King and Queen of Spain to Visit San Antonio for Tricentennial

  1. How exciting to have royalty again in San Antonio. I had to research this but I believe the last visit we had was by Queen Elizabeth in May 1991. Is there any other visits by royalty that I’m missing?

  2. The Spanish should issue apologize for genocide of native polulation of the Americas. This would a significant event.

    • These alleged acts were the black legend created by the enemies of Spain at that time, i.e. British.

      Consider the recent genocide carried out by the United States Army against the American Indians. It is well know even through american movies.

  3. Kind of an awkward reminder that this area was once conquered for an empire. Weird to revere that 300 years later. Kind of like bringing living confederate statues to town.

  4. I hope Queen Letizia makes a visit to Children’s Rehabilitation Institute of TeletonUSA (CRIT-USA) as president/chairman Fernando Landeros met with Queen Letizia to receive Premio Reina Letizia 2016/ 2017 for Disability Prevention in November 2017 in Madrid. Also, I hope they meet with Canary Islanders and get to Visit Texas A&M Instituto Cervantes and Mays Cancer Center. Since Cancer and Disability are tow causes dear to the Queen advocacy. They should also hold a reception in Weston Centre as its teh headquarters for BBVA and they should also make a stop at the Alamo and hold a street parade (as Kennedy did) or river parade. Not sure why Chef Andrew Weissman was not part the team to host the dinner reception.

    • The current Board Chair of the Tricentennial, Cynthia Matson, Ed.D., terminated the A&M-SA Instituto Cervantes several years ago when she also terminated the Museo Alameda lease when she became president of the university. A strong group of latino leaders is trying to resurrect the Instituto Cervantes at another location where it will be welcomed once again by true local latino leaders. The King & Queen will not be visiting CRITUSA–it’s not programmed.

  5. Wonder if King of Spain will honor ties to Mexico by attending the Official City of San Antonio Tricentennial Event 71st Anniversary and Father’s Day Charreada hosted on June 17, 2018 by Asociacion de Charros de San Antonio , as they attended one in a past visit to Mexico. Association de Empresarios Mexicanos should also have a seat at the table in this historical visit.

  6. I’m so excited we are having royalty cone visit San Antonio! We just moved in March here and it’s been a tremendous blessing to say we now live and breath in Sam Antonio Texas… will there be any kind of meet and greet with the Spanish royalty? Is so I would love to meet them. 😍

  7. I’m so excited we are having royalty come visit San Antonio! We just moved in March here and it’s been a tremendous blessing to say we now live and breath in San Antonio Texas… Will there be any kind of meet and greet with the Spanish royalty? If so I would love to meet them. 😍

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