In the midst of great expectation, the Royal family He arrived on time for his appointment Valldemossa. At 7:30 p.m., King Felipe VI and King Letizia, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofía arrived at La Cartoixa Gardens, ready to visit one of the most emblematic monuments of the island, visited by thousands of tourists every year.
Upon their arrival in the gardens, the Kings they joked with the journalists about the heat and the fans, “we are getting old”, said Doña Letizia, and comments were made about the second place in the Aifos 500, patronized by Felipe VI, on the first day of the 40th Copa del Rey, who was encouraged to take first place. After greeting the media, Felipe VI, Letizia and their daughters posed in the center of the gardens with the bell tower of La Cartoixa in the background, which rang the bells shortly before their arrival.
After the official installation in the gardens, they were received by the mayor of Valldemossa, Nadal Torres; the President of the Council of Majorca, Catalina Cladera; the President of Parliament, Vicenç Thomàs; the government delegate, Aina Calvo; and the President of the Government, Francina Armengol. The entourage began the visit through the dependencies of La Cartoixa, which preserve an extraordinary historical and artistic heritage. the bear Kings and their daughters They had a quick visit, but discovered interesting details about this impressive palace, which was the residence of King Sancho I of Mallorca, a former royal residence and royal charterhouse (15th century).
The gallery owner and director of Municipal Museum, Joan Oliver Maneu, regretted that the King and Queen had not had more time to appreciate the large collection of woodcuts, in the first room of a tour, and commented to Felipe VI. “Sir, you need to come back with more time.” The entourage advanced towards the bedroom of the Arxiduc Lluís Salvador, from where they entered the outdoor patio to contemplate the valley as evening fell. After posing, the King and Queen continued their visit through cells 4 and 2, to enter the former Carthusian pharmacy, where they were able to see the 160 Catalan pots from the 18th century and an important collection of blown glass. , among other pharmaceutical objects.
The royal family was particularly interested in the church, a neoclassical building that began to be built in 1751 on the original church (1446). The architectural ensemble also has a beautiful cloister; garden and the rooms of the Cell of the Priory –with chapel, library, audience hall, bedroom…– where the historic and artistic heritage of the Carthusians is preserved. In cell 4 are the documents and memories of the stay of the musician Frédéric Chopin – he composed Preludes OP. 28– and the writer George Sand – who wrote A winter in Mallorca– the winter of the year 1838-1839. The music of the Polish composer was played yesterday at La Cartoixa for the King and Queen and their daughters thanks to the pianist Carlos Bonnín, who every day, from Monday to Friday, since 1993, has performed pieces by Chopin during daily visits to La Cartoixa, and yesterday he did the same against the Royal Family, with a very special selection.
From La Cartoixa They expressed their satisfaction with the visit of the Royal Family, a way of rediscovering the close relationship that this place has maintained with the monarchy. In fact, this corner of Valldemossa has always had a close connection with the Bourbons: the king emeritus used to spend summers as a child in the cell of La Cartuja de Valldemossa belonging to the Carvajal family, and the now emeritus kings were in La Cartoixa many times during their summers on the island, sometimes accompanying illustrious visitors, such as the Emperors of Japan, Akihito and Michiko, in 1994; Bill Clinton (1997); or the President of China, Xi Jinping, in 2010. In 2000, the then king received the owners of La Cartoixa in audience.
After completing the visit, Felipe VI and Letiziawith their daughters, wanted to greet the people who were waiting in the street, bathing in Blanquerna street: Taking advantage of the moment, Princess Leonor and the Infanta Sofía entered, curious, in one of the souvenir shops.