Spains Queen Letizia Almost Falls In Royal Visit

CENPublished: May 22, 2018
Published: May 22, 2018

Lisa-Maria Goertz

Queen Letizia of Spain almost fell head over heels into the dirt during a royal visit to the Dominican Republic.

The wife of King Felipe VI, who ascended in 2014 on the abdication of his father Juan Carlos I, was visiting a project which aims to improve the drinking water facilities in rural communities.

When the images were filmed the queen had just enjoyed a presentation about the humanitarian programme in the community of Nueva Esperanza, in the province of Monte Plata in the east of the country.

The elegant 45-year-old can be seen leaving a wooden building wearing white trousers, a stripy top and black trainers.

People surround her, trying to get a glimpse. As she tries to navigate the uneven muddy terrain coming down towards the car, she trips and almost falls, being helped back up by those around her.

The queen does not flinch however, and instead smiles at her close shave and gets into the awaiting car.

The awkward moment was shared online by social media user Pavel De Camps V, who wrote: "Moment in which Queen Letizia of Spain almost falls in her journey through the neighbourhood of Nueva Esperanza."

The objective of the visit was to highlight the efforts of the Spanish International Development Agency (Aecid), who in the last 15 days have assigned 42 million Euros (36.8 million GBP) to the Dominican Republic.

Queen Letizia, accompanied by Dominican Economic Minister, Fernando García Casas, visited some of the houses of the locals and was presented with Indian dolls as a sign of affection.

One local woman Marianela showed the queen how she could now use her washing machine thanks to the water supply.

She said: "We are very thankful that you are here with us."

Before her marriage to Felipe, Letizia was a journalist and news anchor. Letizia and Felipe have two daughters, Leonor, Princess of Asturias, who is now the heir presumptive, and Infanta Sofía.

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