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Spanish royals say 'Hola' to Latin America

January 14, 2004
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Two generations of Spain's royal family embarked on separate tours of Latin American countries this week, with King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia making their way to Chile while their newly-engaged son Prince Felipe jetted into Guatemala.

The king and queen's three-day state visit included an engagement in the country's capital, where the monarch addressed the Chilean congress. Prince Felipe had politics on his mind as well as he attended the inauguration of President Oscar Berger, where he also met with 1992 Nobel Peace prize winner Rigoberta Menchu, a Guatemalan indigenous leader.

The prince, who received the keys to Guatemala City during his trip, also had a bit of trouble on the road after being involved in fender bender. The 35-year-old royal's car rear-ended the vehicle in front during a traffic jam, suffering minor damage, although no-one was injured Felipe, who is set to wed newsreader Letizia Ortiz in May, escaped unharmed as well, and simply changed vehicles before heading on his way.

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Spain's crown prince greets 1992 Nobel Peace prize winner Rigoberta Menchu, a Guatemalan indigenous leader, at the inauguration of president Oscar Berger
Photo: AFP
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