Spain’s Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia come to Chile for first time

On their three-day visit, the royal couple will attend a Santiago business conference, meet with President Piñera in La Moneda, and travel to the Atacama Desert.


Crown Prince Felipe de Borbón of Spain and his wife, Princess Letizia Ortiz, arrive in Santiago Tuesday November 22 for their first ever state visit to Chile.

Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia, travelling with Spain’s Science and Innovation Minister, Cristina Garmendia, will be received by Chilean president Sebastián Piñera at the Presidential Palace of La Moneda. The prince will meet with President Piñera to discuss bilateral relations between the two countries, along with Latin American international relations.

The prince and princess will then preside over the inauguration of the Chile-Spain Investment Forum and Business Seminar, where 100 corporate representatives will gather to explore commercial opportunities to increase Spain’s presence in the Chilean market.

After a visit to the National Congress in Valparaíso, the royal couple will end their first day in Chile with a dinner at La Moneda hosted by President Piñera and the First Lady, Cecilia Morel.

On Wednesday, the prince and princess will open an exhibition by Spanish photographer Chema Madoz at Santiago’s Museum of Contemporary Art before a lunch appointment with a group of Chilean academics and intellectuals and a meeting with representatives from the Fundación Chile-España.

For the final day of their visit, Felipe and Letizia will travel to the north of Chile to visit the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in the Atacama Desert. The ESO is the world’s most productive astronomical observatory, and has a number of top Spanish scientists working on site.