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International royalty out in force in Lisbon

by Carrie-Marie Bratley, in News · 12-10-2017 14:27:00 · 0 Comments

Some royal glamour has descended on the Portuguese capital this week in two very different forms; the Queen of Pop, Madonna, was spotted out and about at a football match on Tuesday night, while earlier that day the King and Queen of the Netherlands touched down in Lisbon for a three-day tour.

International royalty out in force in Lisbon

Pop royalty Madonna was spotted at the Luz stadium on Tuesday night where she cheered on as she watched Portugal beat Switzerland in their final World Cup qualifier.
The star, who is in the process of moving to Portugal, was seen at the stadium with her son David Banda, who was dressed in a Portugal shirt sporting the name of Cristiano Ronaldo.
In related news, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands arrived in Portugal on Tuesday for a three-day visit that included meetings with government officials and businesses and also cultural visits.
The visit started with a traditional welcome ceremony in the Praça do Império, in Belém, where Portugal’s presidential palace is located. After volleys of gunfire and the playing of the two national anthems, the monarchs were received by Portugal’s president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, at his palace.
They then moved on to parliament, where they were received by the speaker, Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, and from there to the city hall, where they met the mayor, Fernando Medina, and were bestowed with the Keys to the City.
This was followed with a walkabout along the cobbled streets in the very heart of the City of Seven Hills, and a ride in a vintage tram to Mouraria, one of Lisbon’s most traditional neighbourhoods, where the royal couple visited the municipal photographic archive and artist residences in Largo do Intendente.
The first day ended with a glamorous banquet put on by the President in the Palace of Ajuda.
On Wednesday Willem and Máxima visited the Champalimaud Foundation, lunched with business leaders at the Belém Cultural Centre and visited the National Museum of Ancient Art to inaugurate an exhibition of works by Dutch artists and from royal collections entitled ‘Rembrandt – Missing links’.
Also on Wednesday, they were received by Portugal’s Prime Minister, António Costa, at his official residence.
The final day of the visit was spent in Alverca, where the king and queen visited aeronautics manufacturer OGMA and the National Fire-fighters School, and the town of Sintra.
It is Maxima’s first time in the country, whereas her husband had previously visited in 2004 while still a Prince to watch a Euro match.
William Alexander, 50, came to the throne in 2013 following the abdication of his mother, Beatrix, becoming the first male heir to do so since 1890.

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Edition 1445
14 October 2017
Edition: 1445

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