Thursday, February 26, 2009

King and Queen of Spain Visit Pensacola

Melissa dressed Evan Alexander and Maya Sophia in Royal Blue to welcome the King and Queen of Spain to Pensacola.

The King and Queen of Spain were coming to visit on February 19th. It was the city's 450th anniversary since its original Spanish Settlement.

It was a beautiful sunny February day in Seville Square, Downtown Pensacola with the Princess and Evan and Melissa waiting and dressed to see the King and Queen.

The Spanish setttled Pensacola 450 years ago, Pensacola being the first European settlement in the continental US. Early exploration was carried out by Ponce de Leon (1513), Panfilo de Narvaez (1528) and Hernando de Soto (1539). Pensacola is named the city of five flags as five governments few flags over its history (Spain, France, Great Britain, The Confederacy and finally the United States)

The Spanish king gave a speech from the balcony of the Wentworth museum onto historic Seville Square with his greek wife Queen Sophia at his side. By 1559 in Pensacola over 1400 people had settled here arriving from Vera Cruz Mexico and led by Don Tristan de Luna y Arellano.

The Spanish King Juan Carlos was accompanied by Florida's governor, Charley Christ and US Senator Mel Martinez.

Princess of Pensacola, prepare to meet the Spanish King and Queen. Make sure you do your part as part of your heritage originally stems from la patria!

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