Music, art and literature: Queen Letizia inaugurates Cervantes’ new headquarters in Dakar

Queen Letizia visited Senegal to show her support for the expansion of the Cervantes Institute on the African continent. The institution inaugurated a new headquarters in Dakar, where there was already a Cervantes classroom since 2010 that, precisely, Ms. Letizia visited during her cooperation trip to the country.

An appointment in which Doña Letizia once again coincided with Luis García Montero, the widower of Almudena Grandes, to whom Their Majesties have already had the opportunity to present their condolences for the death of the writer during a meeting last week.

Queen Letizia on her arrival at the headquarters / House of HM the King

In a country with more than 350,000 Spanish students and some 3,000 teachers of our language, Cervantes headquarters will promote the Spanish language and culture throughout sub-Saharan Africa, where until now the institution had only two Cervantes classrooms: that of Dakar, created in 2010 and which will continue to operate, and that of Abidjan (Ivory Coast), created recently.

For this appointment, Doña Letizia opted for a flattering look in a floral touch and in coral tones, very suitable for the hot temperatures of the country. The Queen wore a lady’s cut dress with a slightly flared skirt, tied at the waist of the cabinet Adolfo dominguez which premiered in August 2018 on Marivent and has been worn several times since then. She paired it with Magrit pumps, her inseparable gold ring from Karen Hallam and the double dagger earrings from Gold & Roses, perfectly visible thanks to the ponytail in which she gathered her hair.

The Queen during the act / House of HM the King

The new center is located in a 686 square meter independent villa built in the 1960s and includes three classrooms, a teachers’ room and various offices spread over two floors. After the renovations, which President Pedro Sánchez visited last April, the building has air conditioning, a voice and data network and other improvements, as well as extensive outdoor spaces. It is located near the famous Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD), whose department of Romance languages ​​has a Spanish section. On the occasion of the inauguration, the artist Suso33 produced a live intervention entitled “Fossilized Poetry Dakar 2021”, in which he captured words on a wall in the auditorium, resulting from the reading that the guests had. carried out.

Express travel

Doña Letizia arrived in Dakar this Sunday evening. The queen was received in the Blaise Diagne International Airport of the city by the First Lady, Marie Faye Sall, the Ambassador of Spain to Senegal, Olga Cabarga, and the Ambassador of Senegal to Spain, Mariame Sy Epse Sy.

Dressed in a tailored pantsuit, understated make-up and loose hair, Do̱a Letizia was amused by a young girl in her twenties Рthe top-scoring student on the outskirts of Dakar Рwho presented the queen with a bouquet of flowers.

In addition to the welcome, Ms Letizia had a brief interview with the First Lady in the state pavilion at the airport before retiring to rest. The Queen is expected to attend a lunch with President Macky Sall and his wife before returning to Madrid. He has already had the opportunity to meet them both during his cooperation trip to this African country.

This week is very special for Doña Letizia, as Princess Leonor has been on vacation since the weekend and returned to Spain to enjoy a few days off with her family. As of yet, it has not been confirmed whether throughout these days the eldest daughter of kings will participate in some type of act or whether we will see her in public, as it is highly likely that Their Majesties will close their agenda this Friday before Christmas.

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