Jill Biden tours Spain with her 2 granddaughters

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American first lady Jill Biden has some company during a trip to Spain: two of her granddaughters.

Biden opened the visit to Madrid on Monday by meeting Queen Letizia at the Palacio de la Zarzuela. Later, they toured the headquarters of the Spanish Association Against Cancer.

The first lady is an advocate for research into a cure for cancer. She lost her adult son Beau to brain cancer in 2015. Several of her friends also succumbed to breast cancer.

She arrived in Madrid on Sunday, ahead of President Joe Biden, who will arrive on Tuesday to attend the annual NATO summit.

“I brought my two granddaughters with me,” the first lady said to Letizia as they chatted in the palace. “We stayed up and, you know, had a glass of wine.”

Her adult granddaughters Maisy and Finnegan, who were already in Spain when the first lady arrived Sunday evening, did not accompany her on her palace visit. They were at the US embassy visiting Ambassador Julissa Reynoso, formerly the first lady’s chief of staff, Biden said.

The first lady also paid a courtesy visit to Begona Gomez, the wife of President Pedro Sanchez.

On Tuesday, Jill Biden and Letizia visit a shelter in Madrid for Ukrainian refugees taken in by Spain and meet Ukrainian families in Madrid.

She and the president attend a NATO dinner on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the first lady will participate in NATO country leaders’ husbands’ agendas, including visits to the Prado and Reina Sofia museums in Madrid, before flying back to Washington.

President Biden will leave on Thursday after the NATO summit.