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KING CROSSES THE GATE OF LIONS

Felipe VI, accompanied by the Queen Letizia, Princess of Asturias and infanta Leonor, crossed today the Gate of Lions at Congress of Deputies in Spain, two years and five months after his proclamation as King of Spain in this same place on June 19 2014.

 


King chaired solemn session of opening in the Cortes in the twelfth legislature.

Official opening celebration in the Spanish Cortes was pending by the delay in the investiture of the President of the Government, with two general elections in less than a year.

Monarch was received in Carrera de San Jeronimo by President of the Spanish Government, and after listening national hymn and to review the troops, he entered Palace of Congress by its main staircase.

This staircase only is open for the most solemn celebrations.

At staircase of the Congress, he was received by President of the Lower Chamber, Ana Pastor, and of the Senate, Pío García-Escudero and members of the from bureaus both chambers.

Speeches

Already in the hemicycle, the King and Pastor will deliver speeches before deputies and senators, half a dozen of autonomic presidents, representatives of the high state institutions and the rest of authorities.

Ended speeches, the King and the Queen greeted guests in the Hall of the Lost Steps and they presided military parade outside of the Congress.

Despite King received a long ovation -three minutes- at the end of his speech, there were attitudes and gestures of protest by parliamentarians from groups of sovereignist or nationalist inspiration or populist left in the opening of the twelfth legislature.

In his speech, Felipe VI said “Spain can not deny itself as it is” and It can not “renounce its own being” neither “common heritage built by all and from which we must continue building a shared future”.


November 17, 2016, EFE/Practica Español


Grammar notes: poder, deber + infinitive, adverbs


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La noticia habla de...
A
La apertura oficial de las Cortes en España.
B
El rey Felipe VI da un discurso en el Senado.
C
Los preparativos para la apertura de las Cortes.
Question 2
En el texto se dice que...
A
Se retrasó la celebración de la apertura oficial de las Cortes.
B
La apertura oficial de las Cortes se celebró en el día previsto.
C
No hubo retraso en la celebración de la apertura de las Cortes.
Question 3
En el texto se dice que...
A
El monarca de España presidió esa sesión de apertura.
B
Ana Pastor presidió la sesión de apertura.
C
El Rey de España y el presidente del Gobierno presidieron la sesión de apertura.
Question 4
¿Cuántas veces ha presidido Felipe VI la sesión de apertura de las Cortes?
A
Una.
B
Dos.
C
Cuatro.
Question 5
En el texto se dice que...
A
Ningún grupo parlamentario protestó durante la celebración de la sesión de apertura.
B
Todos los grupos parlamentarios aplaudieron al finalizar la sesión de apertura.
C
Algunos grupos parlamentarios protestaron en esa celebración.
Question 6
En su discurso, el rey Felipe VI dice que...
A
España siempre seguirá siendo la misma.
B
España tiene que aceptarse como es.
C
España tiene que cambiar su forma de ser.
Question 7
¿Cuántas legislaturas han habido en España?
A
12.
B
11.
C
10.
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Question 1
En el vídeo, Felipe VI afirma que...
A
“España no puede negar a sí misma”.
B
“España no puede negarse así misma”.
C
“España no puede negarse a sí misma”.
Question 2
Continúa diciendo que...
A
“No puede renunciar a su propio ser”.
B
“Puede renunciar a su propio ser”.
C
“No puede denunciar a su propio ser”.
Question 3
Felipe VI dice...
A
“Al fin, puede renunciar al patrimonio común”.
B
“No puede al fin renunciar al patrimonio común”.
C
“No puede, en fin, renunciar al patrimonio común”.
Question 4
Felipe VI dice...
A
“Desde el que debemos seguir edificando un futuro compartido”.
B
“Del que debemos seguir edificando un futuro con partidos”.
C
“Desde que debemos seguir edificando un futuro compartido”.
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