The Diplomat. 13/10/2018
The protocol mistake as the President of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, and his wife greeted the King and Queen yesterday, at the beginning of the reception in the Royal Palace on the occasion of the National Day, was the most mentioned anecdote in the political circles at the ceremony and in the social networks.
The error occurred when Sanchez and his wife, after greeting Don Felipe and Doña Letizia, stood at their side and began to receive the greetings of the next ones in line, specifically the president of the Congress, Ana Pastor. Immediately, a member of Protocol of the King’s Household approached the Prime Minister to inform them that they should not be there.
Later, Sánchez, who took part in the event for the first time, told reporters that he had only followed the indications of Protocol Services. Sources of the Palacio de la Zarzuela cited by Europa Press pointed out that they had just followed instructions of Royal Household staff to organize the greetings of the rest of the guests. Meanwhile, Moncloa sources denied that the president had any intention of disrupting the protocol.