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King and queen of Spain wrap up visit to San Antonio

June 18, 2018
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King Felipe the VI, center, and Queen Letizia of Spain arrive at the San Antonio Museum of Art, Monday, June 18, 2018, in San Antonio. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, right, looks on. (Josie Norris/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)
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King Felipe the VI, center, and Queen Letizia of Spain arrive at the San Antonio Museum of Art, Monday, June 18, 2018, in San Antonio. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, right, looks on. (Josie Norris/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia visited a museum exhibit featuring Spanish masterpieces on Monday as they wrapped up their visit to San Antonio.

The royal couple came to San Antonio to celebrate the Texas city’s 300th anniversary and its roots as a Spanish colonial village. On Monday they inaugurated an exhibit at the San Antonio Museum of Art that features masterpieces from museums in Madrid, including works by El Greco, Diego Velazquez and Francisco Goya.

Also on Monday, the royal couple attended a summit featuring young Hispanic leaders.

The king and queen arrived in San Antonio on Saturday, after visiting New Orleans for its tricentennial. The king and queen will meet Tuesday with President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump at the White House.

What became San Antonio originally was founded as Mission San Antonio de Valero on May 1, 1718, by Spanish Franciscan missionaries backed by the Spanish monarchy and government during the colonization of New Spain.

The royal couple’s activities on Sunday included attending a welcoming ceremony before touring the San Jose Mission site.

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