Spain Politics

King Felipe VI at the Zarzuela Palace on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain, Saturday June 2, 2018 (Emilio Naranjo/Pool Photo via AP).

In a culture defined by Carnival, New Orleans residents are accustomed to seeing kings and queens. But a different kind of royalty is visiting the city Thursday, with the king and queen of Spain scheduled to arrive for a visit that will last until Saturday.

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia are visiting to help New Orleans celebrate its tricentennial, and their itinerary will include Gallier Hall, the Cabildo, St. Louis Cathedral and the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Spain ruled the colony of Louisiana for nearly four decades, from 1763-1802. That legacy is evident in the French Quarter, where the iron balconies, patios and stucco architecture of Spanish tradition remain a part of the landscape.

We welcome the king and queen to Louisiana, and we thank them for their visit. Their presence as part of a landmark birthday for New Orleans is a vivid reminder of the city’s enduring connections to Europe — and the rest of the world.

King and queen of Spain to visit New Orleans as part of tricentennial celebration