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SPANISH ROYAL TOUR QUEEN LETIZIA AND KING FELIPE VISIT ASTURIAS

The Spanish Royal Tour continues, King Felipe and Queen Letizia travel to Asturias, officially the Principality of Asturias (Spanish: Principado de Asturias) an autonomous community in north-west Spain.

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In the Principality of Asturias, Their Majesties visited the facilities of the Consortium for the Management of Solid Waste of Asturias (COGERSA), Santa Catalina Headland (Spanish: Cerro de Santa Catalina) and The Fernando Alonso Sports Complex.

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This royal tour is part of the campaign “Spain for Sure”. The campaign promote tourists to visit Spain after COVID-19 pandemic.



Consortium for Solid Waste Management of Asturias (COGERSA)

King Felipe and Queen Letizia traveled accompanied by the Minister of Culture and Sports, José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes.

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Upon arrival They Majesties have been received in Serín, a district (parroquia rural) of the municipality of Gijón, by the President of the Principality of Asturias, Adrián Barbón; the President of the General Meeting of the Principality of Asturias, Marcelino Marcos; the Government delegate in the Principality of Asturias, Delia Losa; the Mayor of Gijón, Ana González, and by the mayor of Llanera, Gerardo Sanz, among other authorities.

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Immediately afterwards, Their Majesties visited the headquarters of the Consortium for Solid Waste Management of Asturias (COGERSA), where the King and Queen met with the representatives of the Consortium.

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King Felipe and Quen Letizia toured the facilities visiting the packaging plant and the sanitary waste. During the tour, Their Majesties received explanations from the COGERSA manager, Santiago Fernández.

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COGERSA’s facilities occupy 400 hectares located in the Councils of Gijón, Corvera and Llanera. The differential element of COGERSA is that it integrates all the Asturian municipalities –78 municipalities and the Government of the Principality- and the treatment of all kinds of waste.

The Consortium recycles all waste throughout Asturias, and its main objective is to provide an efficient and useful public waste management service for the sustainable development of Asturias.

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It directly employs more than 400 workers, a total of 800,000 tons per year is recycled, and all types of waste are recycled throughout the plant: domestic, commercial, industrial and hospital waste; organic, vegetable, paper and cardboard, plastics, glass and demolition; and hazardous waste.

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Likewise, during the health crisis, no hospital in Asturias suffered a collapse of waste collection thanks to the maintenance of the collection service and the facilities include a didactic classroom on waste and the environment, through which 12,000 schoolchildren and students pass each year.



Santa Catalina Headland (Spanish: Cerro de Santa Catalina)

Later, Their Majesties made their way to Santa Catalina Headland (Spanish: Cerro de Santa Catalina) in Gijón, where they visit the exhibition organized to mark the 30th anniversary of the “Elogio del Horizonte”, a sculpture by the Basque artist Eduardo Chillida that has become a symbol of the city.

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There King Felipe and Queen received explanations from the director of the Culture Foundation of the City of Gijón, Miguel Barrero.

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A general view of the Elogio del Horizonte sculpture by Eduardo Chillida.

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Then, Queen Letizia and King Felipe walked the hill and held a meeting with a representation of health workers from the Hospital de Cabueñes, COVID-19 reference center in Gijón.

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The Fernando Alonso Sports Complex

Finally, Queen Letizia and King Felipe visited The Fernando Alonso Sports Complex (Spanish: Complejo Deportivo Fernando Alonso, also known as Spanish: Museo y Circuito Fernando Alonso) a sports project dedicated to the promotion of motorsport and a memorial to Fernando Alonso, a two-times Formula One World Drivers’ Champion from Oviedo, Asturias. The facility is located in Llanera, Asturias.

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Royal Fashion: Queen Letizia of Spain

Queen Letizia wore Massimo Dutti animal print dress, Mint & Rose Sardinia Espadrille Wedges, Karen Hallam Signature ring and Gold Bambu Earrings.

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