King and queen of Spain to visit Pensacola

Published: Monday, January 12, 2009 at 12:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 12, 2009 at 12:07 p.m.

PENSACOLA, Fla. King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain plan to visit Pensacola next month to help the city mark it's 450th birthday.

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Members of the Spanish Royal family are seen during an Epiphany ceremony at the Royal Palace in Madrid, Tuesday Jan. 6, 2009. Seen from left to right are Princess Letizia, Crown Prince Felipe, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia.

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Spanish explorer Don Tristan de Luna founded the city in 1559, making it one of the earliest European settlements in the Americas. A hurricane destroyed the small settlement shortly after it began and the Spanish did not return for nearly century.

Pensacola plans a yearlong celebration to mark its 450th anniversary. The King and Queen of Spain are scheduled to visit the city on Feb. 18 and 19.

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