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King of Spain was officially welcomed in Lithuania’s Presidential Palace

Wednesday, May 6, Vilnius - His Majesty King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain arrived in Lithuania on a two-day state visit today. The Royal Couple was officially welcomed by President Valdas Adamkus of Lithuania and Mrs. Alma Adamkienė.
At the driveway to the Presidential Palace Courtyard the King's cortege was met by the Guards of Honour dressed in Lithuanian military uniforms of the Middle Ages.
As the King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia together with President Adamkus and Mrs. Alma Adamkienė made their way along the red carpet, they were greeted with fanfares played by the Orchestra of the Guards of Honour, followed by anthems of Spain and Lithuania.
Having saluted the Guards of Honour, the Monarch of Spain exchanged greetings with representatives of Lithuania's government, members of the delegation and of the Diplomatic Corps.
After the official welcoming ceremony in the Presidential Palace Courtyard, the Spanish Royal Couple and the President and the First Lady of Lithuania addressed Lithuanian people on the Daukanto Square.
During the bilateral meeting in the Presidential Palace, a gift exchange ceremony took place.
The President made the King a gift of three silver medals by Lithuanian artist Petras Repšys, dedicated to three most important events in Lithuania's history: the first mention of the name of Lithuania in Europe, the first internationally recognised monarch of Lithuania, and the first book published in Lithuania in the Lithuanian language. Queen Sofia was presented with an amber brooch made by jeweller Solveiga Krivičienė.
The King of Spain made President Adamkus a gift of facsimiles of twelve paintings and eight prints by Francisco Goya taken from the National Library of Spain, and Mrs. Alma Adamkienė was presented with a pair of crystals (copies) from the Royal Factory of Crystal of La Granja.


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