Friday, June 3, 2011

A protocol error Berlusconi with the King turned the minds of the Italian press

Rome .- The Italian press has criticized Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, a "blunder", as the newspaper Corriere della Sera, which has led the president to King Don Juan Carlos, who has attended this Thursday parade hosted by the Italian Armed Forces as a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy, today, June 2, holiday in the country on occasion of Republic Day.

The newspaper notes that Berlusconi has spoken for several minutes with the King and has touched the arm, a gesture which, according to the newspaper, is a lack of protocol because "the kings and queens can not be touched." Subsequently, 'Il Cavaliere' has returned to his place and the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, has called attention to the president about the lack of protocol that had starred, as highlighted by the newspaper Corriere della Sera.

" Therefore, the prime minister has become a target for the second time the monarch, this time without touching it. In addition, the daily La Repubblica says that Berlusconi has asked the King about his health and his upcoming knee surgery. King Juan Carlos on Thursday attended a military parade in Rome at the invitation of President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, to commemorate the 150 anniversary of the unification of Italy.

Along with the King has traveled the Third Deputy Prime Minister, Manuel Chaves, and the head of the Royal Household, Alberto Aza Arias. As confirmed by diplomatic sources, the King's visit to Rome "was a strong desire reiterated by the president and the Italian Government given the good political relations" between the two countries and "the king's special relationship with Rome" and "the importance this date for Italy.

" The King has acknowledged he was "very grateful" for the gesture that he has had with the president of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, to give "a place of honor" at her side in the front row for the parade, at which King has returned to Madrid for commitments "unavoidable" in Spain, according to diplomatic sources.

This ceremony was attended by a total of 80 foreign delegations, including about 40 heads of State and Government, as Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, Shimon Peres, Mahmoud Abbas, or Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai. Also attended the U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. The ZarzuelaDespués explaining that the newspaper Corriere della Sera and La Repubblica have criticized Berlusconi for what they consider a protocol error, a spokeswoman for the Palacio de la Zarzuela, who witnessed the scene, explained that the head of the Italian Government has directed the King to tell you, on behalf of President of the Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, it was not necessary to stand up to the passage of each flag.

Officials who witnessed the parade have risen and sat down again several times to pass the many Italian flags military squads, but also of the countries participating in international missions with Italy, before the presidential. The same spokesman has played down the fact that Berlusconi will play the King in the arm when he has approached and has indicated that at the beginning of ceremony than heads of delegations were greeted with hugs and kisses to the Spanish monarch.

Despite the gesture that Napolitano has wanted to have with the King excused from having to get up to the passage of each flag throughout the parade, Her Majesty's armed forces chief, has followed the protocol. Depending on the version of the royal family, Berlusconi, who was the representative of the Italian institutions closer to the seat of the King, has come very affectionate to Don Juan Carlos and both have laughed during this brief conversation.

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