The Spanish Queen Letizia joined Mrs Kim Jung-Sook, The First Lady of South Korea, to visit the Headquarters of ONCE Foundation in Madrid. The President and First Lady of South Korea are on two days State visit to Spain. Last night, Felipe and Letizia hosted a dinner in honour of the couple.
The objectives of the ONCE Foundation are “Employment” and “Training for employment” for people with disabilities and the dissemination of the concept of “Universal Accessibility”. During the 2012-2021 period, ONCE and the ONCE Foundation have committed to creating 15,000 new jobs for people with disabilities and will promote training actions in favour of 30,000 people with disabilities.
The visit to ONCE was aimed to learn about the ONCE Social Group’s model of social and labour inclusion for people with disabilities. Upon arrival, both ladies were received by the Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, and by the president of the ONCE Social Group, Miguel Carballeda.
The visit began at the training room, where about fifteen students with disabilities acquire telemarketing skills online and in person. Next, they visited the exhibition halls “Inserta” and “Cambio de Sentido”, where the exhibition “Two looks on the same reality” is currently open, which includes works by artists with and without disabilities who at some point have participated in the ONCE Foundation Art Biennials.
The Queen and the First Lady observed some of the most characteristic works exhibited at the exhibition. It is a multidisciplinary exhibition that brings together works by very diverse authors, such as the photographer Pete Ecker or the painter Dan Miller. It also has artists of recognized international prestige, such as Cristina García Rodero.
During the tour of the ONCE Foundation facilities, Her Majesty the Queen and the First Lady also saw first-hand entrepreneurship initiatives led by people with disabilities in the surroundings of the EspacIA room, a place for coworking and innovation. They learned about the different projects in which the ONCE Foundation is immersed in order to make the new digital revolution inclusive. The experimental robot “PACA” (Personal Accessible Cognitive Assistant) welcomed them.
In EspacIA, Doña Letizia and the First Lady saw a demonstration by Enrique García, a technician from the Accessible Technology and R&D department of Fundación ONCE, a young man with a disability who promotes accessibility in video games with the Xbox Adaptive Controller accessible controller from Microsoft. Its objective is that all people can enjoy video games on equal terms.
Before leaving, the First Lady of Korea presented Miguel Carballeda with a Braille watch manufactured by a Korean company. Her Majesty the Queen and the First Lady also bought a coupon from the Organization with the number commemorating the beginning of diplomatic relations between Spain and Korea, on 17 March 1950 (17350 and 50317).
For the day, Queen Letizia wore a chic summer dress. Letizia brought back her Massimo Dutti spot-print dress that she first wore in July 2020 during a visit to Asturias.
The dress features short sleeves and a keyhole detail and was from the label’s Spring-Summer 2019 collection.
She paired it with brown suede Carolina Herrera slingback pumps.
Letizia was carrying a Carolina Herrera Astrud clutch.
Her gold bamboo hoops and
Karen Hallam ring finished the look.