Thursday, February 9, 2023

Queen Letizia of Spain visits LA to promote Spanish

LOS ANGELES ( Associated Press) – Queen Letizia of Spain was in Los Angeles on Tuesday, where she celebrated the opening of a center promoting the Spanish language and culture around the world.

Letizia Ortiz inaugurated the first branch on the West Coast of the United States of the Cervantes Instituto, which was established by the Spanish government in 1991 to bring the Hispanic language and culture to the rest of the world. The Los Angeles branch is the institute’s seventh in the United States.

Spanish is the second most spoken language in the United States after English, and is widely spoken in Los Angeles, where approximately 50% of the population is Hispanic or Latino. According to a press release, Letizia attended the working meeting of the institute on Monday and presided over its inauguration on Tuesday.

Letizia, a veteran national television journalist, became a princess in 2004 when she married Prince Felipe—now King Felipe VI. When King Juan Carlos abdicated 10 years later, Letizia became the first woman without aristocratic blood to reach the throne of Spain. , He turns 50 in September, providing a glimpse into his role in a monarchy still grappling with the fallout from the scandals involving Juan Carlos.

Although Letizia is known as a progressive feminist rather than an ardent royalist, she is credited with being instrumental in Felipe’s decision to forge a new path and break away from the royal palace’s corrupt past.

The King of Spain has a primarily ceremonial role. The executive power rests with the elected parliamentary government.

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