June 17, 2018. San Antonio. During their stay in the US, King of Spain Felipe VI and his wife Queen Letizia visited New Orleans and San Antonio, marking the 300th anniversary of these cities’ foundations. The states of Louisiana and Texas, where these cities are located, were Spanish colonies in 1763-1802 and 1690-1821 respectively. “Examining this era highlights just how far back Spain’s mark on the US reaches, and how deep its roots are, as reflected in the close bonds of friendship between our two nations,” the King remarked during the celebration in New Orleans, the royal family’s website reports. His Majesty added that this visit would make the bonds of friendship between the US and Spain even stronger, because there were “solid reasons” for it. The monarchs will complete their visit in Washington on June 19, where they will meet with US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the White House, according to a statement on the White House’s website.