Queen Letizia of Spain wrapped her solo trip to Mexico on Wednesday, November 15, delivering the closing speech at the World Cancer Leaders Summit. The monarch, who studied at the country’s University of Guadalajara for her masters in journalism, admitted in her remarks, “I always feel at home [in Mexico].”
Her Majesty also expressed her country’s sympathy to those affected by Mexico’s recent devastating earthquakes. “I convey all the affection of the King and our admiration for the strength of so many people affected by the September earthquakes,” she said. “I would also like to express to the families of the deceased and the wounded the feeling of regret and respect of all Spaniards. Spain will always feel Mexico as a brother and beloved country.”
VIEW GALLERY The Spanish Queen delivered the closing speech at the summit on November 15 Photo: Hector Vivas/Getty Images
Queen Letizia, who is the honorary president of Spanish Association Against Cancer, then went on to stress the importance of prevention when it comes to cancer. “Prevention is also an attitude. And it goes beyond not smoking, exercising, eating properly or not exposing oneself without moderation to the sun, for example,” she said.
King Felipe VI’s wife added, “It also has to do with resting, stopping and observing what we are and where we are, with getting as many people as possible to have access to knowledge, so that they know the consequences that can have what they eat, what they drink and what they breathe.”
VIEW GALLERY Letizia (pictured with Mexico's president and first lady) kicked off her solo trip to Mexico on November 13 Photo: © Casa de S.M. el Rey
It was a busy week in Mexico for the royal mom-of-two who began her trip on November 13 by visiting the national headquarters of the Mexican Red Cross. Later that day, Letizia was brought to her feet during a performance by the Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo Nawasha at the summit’s official welcome dinner with Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto and his wife Angelica Rivera. The following day, on Tuesday, Letizia attended the inaugural session of the three-day summit.