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Spain receive royal approval in Vienna

Published: Thursday 26 June 2008, 22.59CET
Royalty graced the Ernst-Happel-Stadion this evening when Crown Prince Felipe joined over 50,000 fans for the UEFA EURO 2008™ semi-final between Spain and Russia.
by Michael Fiala
from Vienna
Spain receive royal approval in Vienna
Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Spain with UEFA President Michel Platini ©Getty Images
 
Published: Thursday 26 June 2008, 22.59CET

Spain receive royal approval in Vienna

Royalty graced the Ernst-Happel-Stadion this evening when Crown Prince Felipe joined over 50,000 fans for the UEFA EURO 2008™ semi-final between Spain and Russia.

Royalty graced the Ernst-Happel-Stadion this evening, when Crown Prince Felipe and his wife Letizia joined over 50,000 for the UEFA EURO 2008™ semi-final between Spain and Russia – though one Viennese embassy in particular has been deserted.

Excitement
A member of the sailing team at the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992, Crown Prince Felipe is a keen sportsman himself and headed a large Spanish delegation in the Austrian capital this evening. Government ministers and Spanish Football Federation president Jorge Pérez Arias were among those welcomed by the country's ambassador in Vienna, Juan Manuel de Barandica, before they moved on to the stadium. Culture minister José Antonio González-Bueno, not the biggest football fan normally, said before kick-off: "We are all quite excited and hope that Spain win and then meet Germany in the final. That would be a wonderful pairing."

Deserted embassy
But across the city from the Ernst-Happel-Stadion, the Spanish embassy has been fairly deserted. Indeed, such has been the good-natured attitude of the Spanish fans in Austria over the past three weeks that the embassy are not expecting to be troubled by any extra work in the next few days. They will be on hand around the clock, however, in case people lose their passports or the like so they can still find their way home.

 
Last updated: 26/06/08 22.13CET

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