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The Kings visited this morning the facilities of Mercamadrid, the largest platform for distribution and marketing of fresh food in Spain , in order to get to know their activity first hand and visit some of the fruit and fish stalls.
Don Felipe and Doña Letizia began the visit at 5.30 am, when it was still dark, accompanied by the Minister of Industry , Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, and the Mayor of Madrid , José Luis Martínez-Almeida.
Protected with a mask and gloves, the kings have been received by the Mercamadrid management team, with whom Felipe VI held a telematic meeting on March 25 to learn the response of the center in the supply of products during the state of alarm decreed by the coronavirus pandemic . Mercamadrid supplies fresh food to 12 million consumers , within a radius of 500 kilometers. It operates more than 800 companies that employ 9,000 people of about 30 different nationalities.
After an explanatory talk about how the ships are distributed, the Kings have gone inside some of them to observe first-hand the sale of fresh products , both fish, fruit and other perishable foods.
The visit took place in the midst of great expectation, which has given rise to the fact that at some points there were people who crowded more than was advisable when it came to maintaining physical distance in order to see the kings and take a photo of them . Don Felipe and Doña Letizia have stopped to chat with various workers and people who have gone to buy gender.
In the absence of handshakes, the king has been seen to greet one of the people who have approached him , according to the images that the Royal House has offered of the tour, since there has been no presence of media Communication.
The visit to Mercamadrid is the second face-to-face visit that the kings have made this week, in which they have begun to recover their normal activity after two months of health crisis.
Last Monday they were at the headquarters of Telefónica to participate in the presentation of the report of the Cotec Foundation along with the third vice president and minister of Economic Affairs, Nadia Calviño.
Felipe VI held yesterday, Wednesday, his first ordinary hearing in the Zarzuela Palace in the last two and a half months when he received the president of the Constitutional Court (TC), Juan José González Rivas, who gave him the memory of the institution corresponding to 2019.
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