Spanish royal couple to visit Pensacola

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Spain's King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia are set to arrive in Pensacola to help the Panhandle city kick off it's year-long 450th birthday celebration.

The royal couple, Gov. Charlie Crist and Florida's U.S. senators will tour Pensacola Thursday and have lunch at the Naval Air Station. The King plans a noon speech at a downtown museum.

Pensacola was founded by Spanish explorer Don Tristan de Luna and is considered the oldest European settlement in the United States.

The city plans parades, festivals, battle reenactments and other activities throughout the year to commemorate Luna's 1559 arrival.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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