PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain — Michelle Obama and her daughter Sasha had lunch with Spain’s king and queen yesterday at the royal family’s holiday retreat on the resort island of Mallorca in the Mediterranean.
Obama and her daughter arrived at Marivent palace shortly before 1 p.m. and were greeted at the front door of the residence by King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia, and Princess Letizia.
The king, a keen yachtsman, has for decades spent August vacations at the palace with its dramatic cliff-top views of the sea on the Balearic island’s southwestern coast near Palma de Mallorca.
Lunch was Andalusian-style gazpacho, chargrilled turbot, veal escalopes with mustard, Oriental rice with sautéed mushrooms, a Mallorca-style vegetable ratatouille, and sliced fruit with ice cream, accompanied by wines from the northern regions of Rueda and Rioja, the palace said.
The lunch meeting marked the end of a five-day private visit to Spain by Obama, who toured beauty spots in the southern region of Andalusia including Marbella, Ronda, and the Alhambra palace in Granada.
The king gave Obama some seeds for the White House garden as a parting gift, while the queen made a present of handicrafts typical of Mallorca, the palace said. After lunch Obama party was to fly back to the United States aboard Air Force Two.