Today the Spanish King Felipe visited the city of Bailén in Jaén with Queen Letizia on the occasion of the 210th anniversary of the Battle of Bailén. The royal couple arrived with all smiles to meet the hundreds of well wishers waiting for them in the city.
The Battle of Bailén was fought in 1808 by the Spanish Army of Andalusia, led by Generals Francisco Castaños and Theodor von Reding, and the Imperial French Army’s II corps d’observation de la Gironde under General Pierre Dupont de l’Étang. This battle was the first ever open field defeat of the Napoleonic army. The heaviest fighting took place near Bailén (sometimes anglicized Baylen), a village by the Guadalquivir river in the Jaén province of southern Spain.
Their Majesties were accompanied by the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism upon their arrival at the City Council of Bailén, were received by the President of the Junta de Andalucía, Susana Díaz and the mayor of Bailén, Luis Mariano Camacho.
The first stop of the day was the Plenary hall where the royal couple took the official honour.
King Felipe unveiled the plaque to commemorate the visit.
The royal couple was presented with the Golden key of the city. The couple enjoyed a choreography presented by the team of dancers dressed up traditionally.
Then the couple went to the balcony of the city hall and greeted the people cheering for them.
Felipe and Letizia met with two Bailén students specializing baccalaureate and professional training records of the course of the battle. Before leaving the hall, couple signed the book of honour.
Next stop was the Church of the incarnation. The couple decided to walk through the streets of the city to reach the church.
On the way they greeted the members of public who were eagerly waiting for the couple.
Don Felipe and Doña Letizia with the residents of Bailén during the tour through the streets.
At church the royals were received by the director of the Pastoral Curia of the three parishes of Bailén, Juan Ignacio Damas.
The couple watched the musical interpretation of the war presented by the children’s and youth orchestra “Allegro”.
The Their Majesties went to the pantheon of General Castaños, who on July 19, 1808, defeated the army of Napoleon for the first time in the open field.
King Felipe laid a wreath at the church in the honour of the General Castaños and his army. Then the royal couple greeted the members of the orchestra and the representatives of the religious community.
Next stop was the Bailén Battle Museum. Their Majesties the Kings were received by a rifle salvo of a platoon composed of neighbors “reenactors of the battle” dressed in period uniforms.
Felipe and Letizia toured the permanent exhibition, which shows from the beginning and the causes of the War of Independence (1808-1814), to its consequences, making a tour of the opposing armies, their weapons, the political organization, the most noteworthy characters , and the crucial and decisive role that Bailén and his people played in that much-remembered Battle.
Don Felipe and Doña Letizia during the tour of the Museum received explanations by the delegated councilor of the Area of Historical Heritage, Crafts and Ceramics.
To end this visit to the City of Bailén, Their Majesties the Kings held a brief meeting with the civil and military authorities attending the event and with representatives of professional and cultural associations of Bailén and guests.
For the visit to the historical city, Queen Letizia kept her look elegant, minimum and chic. She wore Carolina Herrera polka dot dress that she debuted during her co-operation visit to the Dominic Republic earlier this year in May.
The sleeveless chiffon dress featuring a halter neckline and belt with bow detailing at the waistline belongs to the label’s Spring 2018 Evening Collection and available for €590.
And carried a new Carolina Herrera Initials Insignia white bag. The Exclusive Denver leather bag is a new addition to Queen’s wardrobe and features two shoulder handles, one leather and one grosgrain. The made in Spain bag is available for €790.
Letizia was seen wearing her new Carolina Herrera sunglasses that she premiered yesterday during Royal Office Delivery.
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