The opening of the Casa de los Coroneles, La Oliva, Fuerteventura

The municipality of La Oliva turned out in force yesterday (26th November 2006) as King Don Juan Carlos of Spain and Doña Sofía arrived in Fuerteventura.

The King and Queen of Spain arrived by helicopter for the opening of the Casa de Las Coroneles in La Oliva, a historic building which has recently been restored, and will open soon as an art gallery and cultural centre.


The photographs show the Casa de Las Coroneles in a state of disrepair and when fully restored, ready for the King and Queen's visit.

The president of the Cabildo, Mario Cabrera was there to greet the royal couple as was the alcaldesa (mayoress) of La Oliva, Claudina Morales, along with many other dignitaries and majereros of Fuerteventura, and after the couple visited the Casa, a reception being given where people from Senegal, New Guinea, Argentina Columbia and Hindu culture were represented.

Waiting for the Royal Family

Waiting for the Royal Family Despite the fact that a heavy shower of rain had occurred earlier, the King and Queen were greeted by a crowd of around 500 majereros, including two busloads of people from around Gran Tarajal, and tourists who lined the streets to greet the Royal couple before they entered the Casa de Los Coroneles to see the works of art and exhibitions which are to be housed there.

Royal couple greeted by Canarian children The Royal couple were also given flowers by two children dressed in traditional Canarian costumes, with video of what was happening with the Royal couple being shown to the crowds on a giant screen set up for the event.

It is the second time in just over a year that the couple have visited Fuerteventura, as last September they were here to visit a school in Puerto del Rosario.

Special thanks go to Jonathan Underwood for assisting with the photography for this event.

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Crowds wait for Spanish Royal couple
Crowds wait for Spanish Royal couple

Juan Carlos and Dona Sofia walkabout
Juan Carlos and Dona Sofia walkabout

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Majorera Sotera Choco

Queen Sofia waves to the crowds
Queen Sofia waves to the crowds

The king and Queen depart by helicopter
The King and Queen depart by helicopter

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