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 DoÃ±a Letizia once again coincided with Luis GarcÃa 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.
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, DoÃ±a 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 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 SÃ¡nchez 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 ââhas a Spanish section. On the occasion of the inauguration, the artist Suso33 produced a live intervention entitled âFossilized Poetry Dakar 2021â, in which he captured words on a wall in the auditorium, resulting from the reading that the guests had. carried out.
DoÃ±a 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, DoÃ±a Letizia was amused by a young girl in her twenties – the top-scoring student on the outskirts of Dakar – who presented the queen with a bouquet of flowers.
ð¸ð³ The Queen goes to Senegal for the inauguration of the new Institute #CervantsDakar, to be held tomorrow.
– House of HM the King (@CasaReal) 12 December 2021
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 DoÃ±a 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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