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King of Spain to arrive in Lithuania

Tuesday, May 5, Vilnius - Tomorrow, May 6, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain arrive in Lithuania on a two-day state visit.
Wednesday, May 6, will start with the welcoming ceremony for H.M. King and Queen of Spain by President Valdas Adamkus of Lithuania and Mrs. Alma Adamkienė. At 16:45, the King and the Queen will extend greetings to the people of Lithuania in the Daukanto Square. (Everybody who wishes to see the Royal Couple is invited to come to the Square).

Later in the day, the Royal Couple will visit the Antakalnis Cemetery to lay a wreath at the memorial to those killed in the struggle for the freedom of Lithuania. Afterwards, the King of Spain will have a meeting with Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius.

In the evening, the President of Lithuania will host a state dinner to the honour of H.M. King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia. Toasts by the President of Lithuania and the King of Spain will be broadcasted live on the Lithuanian National Television.

On May 7, the King of Spain will meet with Speaker of the Seimas Arūnas Valinskas and representatives of the main parliamentary political parties. The Royal Couple will also visit Vilnius University, to inspect two exhibitions in the P. Smuglevičius Hall: "History of the Lithuanian Press: From the First Lithuanian Book 1547", and "Hispania Antiqua", a collection of antique maps and books related to Spain compiled by the Library of Vilnius University. In the University, the King and the Queen will have a meeting with students of Vilnius University and the European Humanities University as well as the Spanish community of Lithuania.

The King and the Queen of Spain will have lunch with the President and the First Lady of Lithuania in Trakai, after which the Royal Couple will leave for Madrid.

According to the President of Lithuania, the visit by H.M. King of Spain to Lithuania will open up new opportunities for the development of cultural and economic relations, and will enrich the good bilateral relations between the two states with new initiatives. "This will enhance further the relations between the two states and their people, and through cooperation we will continue building a united, secure and prosperous Europe. At the same time, it is a unique opportunity for the Lithuania of today to present itself to Spain and the wider Hispanic community of the world," President Adamkus underlined.

PROGRAMME OF THE VISIT OF THE KING OF SPAIN TO LITHUANIA

Wednesday, May 6

16:00 Arrival at Vilnius International Airport. Opportunity for the media to film and photograph the arrival of the King. The traditional elevated platform reserved for the media. Media gather at the control post no later than 15:00
16:15 Departure to the Presidential Palace (S. Daukanto a. 3)
16:30 Arrival by the King and the Queen at the Presidential Palace Courtyard. Official welcoming ceremony. Media gather in the courtyard no later than 16:00. POOL No.1 (no access for this group to the Daukanto Square)
16:45 Official photographs, greeting to the nation (S. Daukanto a.). Media arrive no later than 16:15; everyone checked at the control post of the Presidential Palace then escorted to the courtyard. The traditional elevated platform reserved for the media. POOL No.2 (no access for this group to the Blue Hall)
16:48 Exchange of official gifts (Green Hall, OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS ONLY)
16:50 Tête-à-tête meeting (Blue Hall, photo/video opportunity)
17:10 Meeting of the King and the President (Blue Hall, photo/video opportunity)
17:12 Meeting of Queen Sofia and Mrs. Alma Adamkienė (ladies proceed from the Blue Hall to the Waiting Room, OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS ONLY)
17:30 Departure to the Antakalnis Cemetery (Karių kapų g.) (Media arrive no later than 17:00. Photo/video opportunity throughout the ceremony, from the places reserved for the media)
17:40 Wreath-laying ceremony
18:00 Departure to the hotel
18:15 Meeting of the King and the RoL Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius (photo/video opportunity, coordinated by the Prime Minister's Press Service)
18:50 Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the RoL and Spain (photo/video opportunity, coordinated by the MoFA's Press and Public Relations Division), followed by a brief press conference.
20:28 Arrival by the King and the Queen at the Presidential Palace
To be met at the Presidential Palace by the President of the Republic and Mrs. Alma Adamkienė. (Photo/video opportunity from the elevated platform on the Daukanto Square).
N.B.: Media arrive in the Presidential Palace by 20:00 for the mandatory check. Journalists who have passed the check escorted onto the elevated platform on the Daukanto Square.
20:30 State Dinner (While Hall). Live broadcast, Lithuanian National Television. OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS ONLY. Opportunity for the media to watch the broadcast in the Press Centre of the Presidential Palace
Thursday, May 7

10:05 Departure to the RoL Seimas (Gedimino pr. 53). Media arrive in the Seimas no later than 9:30.
10:15 Tête-à-tête meeting with the Speaker of the Seimas Arūnas Valinskas (Private Office of the Speaker) (coordinated by the Public Relations Unit of the Office of the Seimas, contact person: Artūras Zeleniakas, tel. +370 5 2396666, rsv@lrs.lt)
10:30 Meeting with representatives of the main parliamentary political parties (White Hall) (coordinated by the Public Relations Unit of the Office of the Seimas, contact person: Artūras Zeleniakas, tel. +370 5 2396666, rsv@lrs.lt)
11:00 Departure to Vilnius University
11:15 Visit at Vilnius University: Smuglevičius Hall, Sarbievijus Courtyard, St. Jonh's Church, Aula Parva - the Small Hall. (Photo/video opportunity). Media arrive in the Presidential Palace by 10:40 for the mandatory check
13:00 Departure to Trakai
13:30 Lunch in Trakai. The Royal Couple meets the President and the First Lady of Lithuania in the yard in front of the Round Table Club, descent to the lake, watch a short performance by the folklore group "Dolija", proceed towards the restaurant (photo/video opportunity)
15:30 Departure to Vilnius International Airport (photo/video opportunity). Media gather at the control post at 14:30
16:00 Departure to Madrid

Any questions concerning the Spanish Royal visit and related media issues should be addressed to Jurga Vilpišauskaitė, Deputy Adviser to the President, by phone +370 5 2664156, or e-mail jurga.vilpisauskaite@prezidentas.lt.

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