STAFF REPORTER

PALMA
KING Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia arrived in Majorca yesterday and they will stay here until the end of August.
The Spanish Air Force's Falcon 900 that carried the royals to the island touched down at the military airport at Son Sant Joan at about 1.30pm where they were received by the island's political and military authorities.

Among those who were there to greet the King and Queen were the Balearic President, Francesc Antich, the President of the Balearic Parliament, Maria Antonia Munar, central Government's representative in the Balearics, Ramon Socias, the Mayor of Palma, Aina Calvo, the President of the Council of Majorca, Francina Armengol, and the Commandant General in the Balearics, Jose Emilio Roldan.

After spending a few minutes chatting, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia left for Marivent Palace in a car driven by the King.
It is expected that they will be joined by Prince Felipe, Doña Leticia and their children, the infantas Leonor and Sofia, in the next few days. Also expected are the King and Queen's other children, the infantas Elena and Cristina, and their families.

The King and Queen will mix their holidays with official duties during their stay in Majorca. The King is scheduled to meet the Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodrigo Zapatero twice in the next month. He is also holding a lunch in honour of the President of Mauritania, Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi. On Friday, he receives the Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

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