Striking high above the skyline in Palma yesterday were the four masts of the Spanish navy's flagship the Juan Sebastián de Elcano which on Sunday afternoon sailed in to Palma with Queen Sofia of Spain on board. The Queen joined the schooner in Cabrera on Saturday, accompanied by the Duke and Duchess of Palma who met the crew and toured the ship, but the Queen remained aboard for the night, becoming the first Spanish queen to have spent a full daily sailing aboard the Spanish navy's training ship. On arrival in Palma, the Queen was met by King Juan Carlos, a number of local dignitaries and Ministers and the Spanish Defence Minister, Federico Trillo, who was extremely grateful for the Queen's “beautiful gesture” towards the navy. King Juan Carlos, dressed in his Captain General of the Navy uniform, went aboard to receive the Queen to sounds of six shouts of “Viva España” and a 21-gun salute.

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