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Qatar Royals on a State Visit to Spain: Day Two

On April 26, 2011, the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and his stunning wife, Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser, had quite a busy day.

First, there was a nice luncheon with the Spanish Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, in honor of the couple’s visit to Madrid, Spain.

Then it was time for boring official stuff for the Emir.

For example, Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and Spanish Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, attended a signing ceremony whereupon each agreed not to piss each other off in the future.  I’m kidding.  The two signed various trade agreements and other important stuff.

Soon, the duo paid a visit to the Senate building in Madrid where they met up with the “…President of the Senate Council, Javier Rojo, and the president of the Congress of Deputies Jose Bono.”  Finally, the Emir met with the mayor of Madrid, Alberto Gallardon, whereupon he, Mr. Gallardon, handed the Emir the “…Golden Keys of Madrid…”  I suppose it is like the American version of “Keys to the City” type of thing.

Meanwhile, Sheikha Mozah had a lovely day with Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain.  Prior to luncheon the two met with the:

…President of the Spanish National Heritage Nicholas Martins Fresno and Director of the El Escorial Library.  During the meeting, HH Sheikha Mozah listened to a presentation on the history of the library and its most important content of ancient manuscripts as well as discussed ways of strengthening future cooperation between Qatar Foundation and the Library of El Escorial with regard to the Arab and Islamic historical archives. Her Highness was presented with Microfilm copies for 2000 Arabic historical manuscripts in various fields such as Quran science and Islamic jurisprudence and medicine as a gift from the Library of El Escorial in Madrid for the Heritage Library of the Qatar Foundation. (QNAOL.net)

Then they two royals visited the Queen Sofia Foundation Alzheimer’s Center where they met some pretty amazing people.  According to the official site for the royal house of Spain, Casa de Su Majestad el Rey:

The center is at the forefront in the treatment and research of this disease. Both the central administration and the regional and local involved in the management of facilities.

Then Dona Sofia and Sheikha Mozah, who were accompanied by the director of Alzheimer’s Center and Research Director, Research Unit Alzheimer Project, visited the Research Unit, where magnetic resonance; the laboratory and the model Center, Unity Life of comprehensive care for the sick, the Residence with the form of palliative care and the gardens with areas of therapy, which proved the area of ​​herbs and vegetable garden care center patients.

Tomorrow, April 27, 2011, there will be an “…official farewell dinner…” at the palace in Madrid.

To view photos from today’s events please click the links here, here, here,  here, and here

To watch a video of Sheikha Mozah and Her Majesty Queen Sofia please click the link here.

Sources: QNAOL.net and Casareal.es  Photo courtesy of:  Casareal.es by Casa de S.M. el Rey/Borja Fotógrafos

Qatar Royals on a State Visit to Spain: April 25-27, 2011

On April 25, 2011, Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and his stunning and otherwise fierce wife, H.H. Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al-Missned arrived in Madrid, Spain for a three-day state visit to Spain.

Upon arrival the couple were greeted at the Barajas International Airport in Madrid by His Majesty King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain.  Soon the foursome headed on over to Zarzulea Palace, for a lovely lunch, where they were greeted by T.R.H.s Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias as well as H.R.H. Infanta Doña Cristina of Spain.

Later on that evening there was a regal gala dinner at the palace whereupon many local dignitaries as well as notable VIPs were in attendance including that aging Spanish actor, Antonio Banderas and his weird wife, Melenie Griffith.

According to the official site for the royal house of Spain, Casa de Su Majestad El Rey, His Majesty King Juan Carlos spoke about the special relationship between Qatar and Spain during tonight’s gala dinner:

‘… the excellent state of our relations, within the priority dimension that has the Arab world to Spain’s foreign policy.

For some time, our countries are working to help solve the Middle East conflict within their respective regional groups. The European Union has repeatedly hailed the importance of Arab Peace Initiative with a view to reaching an agreement final status to end the long conflict…’ said His Majesty, who also stressed ‘…the contribution they are making Qatar and Spain, along with other countries, efforts to solve the Libyan crisis, in line with the relevant resolutions Security Council United Nations. “

Before concluding, King emphasized that this visit is ‘… an excellent opportunity to foster that employers and businesses of our two countries to deepen their mutual understanding and set up new plans for collaboration. As we have seen both, our respective authorities have the greatest interest in promoting business ventures and mutual investments, which surely will benefit our peoples. ‘

Tomorrow afternoon, Her Majesty Queen Sofia and Sheikha Mozah will visit the Queen Sofia Foundation Alzheimer Center as well as other important sites.

To watch several videos including a clip from tonight’s regal dinner please click the links here, here, and here.  

To view photos from today please click the links here, here, and here. 

Source:  Casareal.es  Photo courtesy of:  Zimbio.com by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images Europe