Felipe VI and the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, have gathered this Friday at the Royal Palace and, later, the king has invited him to eat in private on a terrace in the Plaza de Oriente to the surprise of the people.
At the end of meeting in the palace, in which Queen Letizia, Don Felipe and Rebelo de Sousa have also been walking through the Puerta del Príncipe.
They have crossed the square to the amazement of the people and tourists who were in the area, some of whom they have waved from a distance and with whom they have made a group photo.
Upon reaching the restaurant after passing in front of the Royal Theater, they have occupied a table for two on the terrace and they have removed their mask to chat and eat lunch.
The Portuguese president is in Spain to participate this afternoon, together with Don Felipe, in the presentation of the joint candidacy of Spain and Portugal for the World 2030 at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium as a prologue to the friendly match between both teams.
In this act, the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, and his Portuguese counterpart, António Costa will also be present.
The meeting between Felipe VI and Rebelo de Sousa and the subsequent meal reveal the good tune between the two heads of state, who have maintained a close relationship since the Portuguese leader took office in 2016, which has been reflected in numerous meetings.
Last July, Rebelo de Sousa also was in Madrid on a private visit, in which the king accompanied him to visit the Prado Museum and had lunch with him at the Palacio de la Zarzuela.
The last time they saw each other was in Andorra during the Ibero-American Summit held in this country on April 21.
A month earlier, Felipe VI received him at the Royal Palace on the occasion of the start of second five-year term de Rebelo de Sousa after his resounding victory in the presidential elections in January.