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His Majesty, King Juan Carlos 1, of Spain, will address a Joint Sitting of the Houses of Parliament, today (February 17), at 3:10 p.m., after arriving at the Norman Manley International Airport at 2:00 p.m., for a two-day State visit.
On arrival at the airport, The King and Queen Sofia will be met by Their Excellencies, the Most Hon. Professor Sir Kenneth Hall and Lady Hall; Prime Minister Bruce Golding and Mrs. Golding; Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Stewart Saunders, and Commissioner of Police, Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin. The King will take the Royal Salute and inspect the Guard of Honour.
After leaving the airport, Their Majesties will visit the Institute of Jamaica, where they will be greeted by Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Olivia Grange.
They will be given a tour of the exhibition by Curator, Dr. Johnathan Greenland and Chairman of the Board of Management of the Museums of History and Ethnography, Dr. Tortello-Greenland.
Their Majesties will then travel to Gordon House, where the King will make his presentation.
At 4:30 p.m., Jamaican and Spanish Delegations, headed by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Dr. Kenneth Baugh, and the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Co-operation, Ambassador Miguel Angel Moratinos, respectively, will sign bilateral agreements and hold a press conference, at the Office of the Prime Minister.
In the evening, the Governor-General will host a State Dinner for Their Majesties, at King’s House.
On Wednesday, February 18, Her Majesty will visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral, where she will be received by Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kingston, the Most Revd. Donald Reece and presented to Bishop Father Ken Richards; Minister of Education, Andrew Holness, and Mayor of Kingston, Senator Desmond McKenzie.
Meanwhile, His Majesty will hold private audience with Leader of the Opposition, Portia Simpson Miller.
Their Majesties will then visit the Spanish Town Historical Square, where they will be greeted by Mayor of Spanish Town, Dr. Andrew Wheatley. The Mayor will read a Citation and present the Key to the City. Their Majesties will unveil a Jamaica Heritage Trail signboard and then unveil a plaque, commemorating their visit.
They will also visit the Spanish Town Hospital, where Their Majesties will officially open a refurbished wing at the Spanish Town Hospital, financed by Spanish aid.
Later in the day, Their Majesties will depart Kingston for Montego Bay. On their arrival they will be met by the Governor-General. There will be an official ceremony at the Sangster International Airport.
Their Majesties will attend a luncheon at the Iberostar Grand Hotel, at Rose Hall, with the Governor-General and Lady Hall, and the Prime Minister and Mrs. Golding.
Later in the evening, Their Majesties will attend a reception at the Grand Palladium Hotel, hosted by the Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett.
Their Majesties will then depart the Sangster International Airport for Florida, in the United States.

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