Like two tourists. Thus, this Friday it was possible to see King Felipe VI and the Portuguese president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, during part of the visit of the Portuguese representative to Madrid on the occasion of the friendly match between Spain and Portugal as a presentation of the joint candidacy of both countries as the venue for the 2030 World Cup. At noon, in a completely unusual act, the monarch and the head of the Portuguese State have shared conversation and beer on a terrace overlooking the Plaza de Oriente, along with the rest of the clients.

King Felipe VI meets with the Portuguese president for the presentation of the candidacy for the 2030 World CupRoyal House / Francisco Gomez / Royal House / EFE

At noon, and completely unexpectedly, Felipe VI and De Sousa left the Royal Palace, where the meeting began, to go to the gardens of the Plaza de Oriente, in the heart of Madrid and a common place of passage for tourists. . Once in the square, and to the surprise of the passers-by, both the King and the Portuguese president greeted the people who were in the place at that time and even posed for some photographs.

King Felipe VI walks around the Royal Theater with the President of Portugal.
King Felipe VI walks around the Royal Theater with the President of Portugal. José Oliva / Europa Press

The informal tone with which the meeting has passed is just one more example of the good relationship of the Royal House with the neighboring country and the close relationship of King Felipe VI with Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, whom he met at his inauguration. in March 2016. In fact, at an awards ceremony in February 2019, the King warmly addressed the president, saying about him: “President Rebelo de Sousa, over the last few years, has been to me an example of respect, dignity and excellence in the exercise of his high magistracy. Since I attended his inauguration as President of the Portuguese Republic, we have been united, in addition to the same convictions, friendship and affection. And we both share the will and desire that, out of respect for their own identity, that friendship and that affection, that closeness and those close ties, unite the Portuguese and Spanish peoples more and more ”. Queen Letizia also shares that affection for the Portuguese, and feels great admiration for his “overwhelming personality”, “intellectual competence” and “moral authority”, according to sources close to the royal house.

Also well known is the close tone and the hearty spirit of the Portuguese president, famous for becoming selfies with his admirers, a regular in supermarkets and who resigned, during his first campaign at rallies and banners, and practiced a strategy based on affection and closeness to people. A character that took him a few months ago to revalidate his mandate.

King Felipe VI meets with Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa in Madrid on June 4, 2021.
King Felipe VI meets with Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa in Madrid on June 4, 2021.Royal House / Francisco Gomez / Royal House / EFE
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