Of the nearly 300 guests who attended yesterday’s reception of the Kings at the Palacio de Marivent, there was one that especially caught the attention of Doña Letizia. We talk about Cayden, the guide dog of Paralympic athlete Joan Munar Martínez. After greeting the 26-year-old Mallorcan athlete, the Queen admired the animal, a gesture that did not go unnoticed by the photographers covering the event. But she wasn’t the only one who took an interest in Cayden. Doña Sofía did too. The two looked with affection at the athlete’s guide dog, appreciating the great work that animals like this do in their day to day.
– The laughter and confidences of Queen Letizia and Doña Sofía in Marivent
For Cayden it was one of his first big dates as Joan Munar Martínez’s guide. According to the athlete, the animal came to his life in early July after a few weeks of training at the Leader Dogs for the Blind guide dog school, located in Rochester Hills, Michigan. To celebrate, she shared this photo with him from Port d’Andratx. “We are readjusted to our life together,” she exclaimed.
In addition to receiving the political authorities of the island, the King and Queen and Doña Sofía greeted the writer Carme Riera, the cook Koldo Royo, the confectioner Lluís Péez or the designer Pablo Erroz, author of the skirt that Doña Letizia wore on Monday in her cultural visit to Valldemossa.
– Doña Letizia impresses with a new dress with a ‘Bardot’ neckline and cactus print
– This is the menu with a Mallorcan flavor that has been served after the reception of the King and Queen in Palma
Joan Munar Martínez, meanwhile, attended on behalf of the world of sport. He was born in Palma de Mallorca on February 1, 1996 and has a great track record. Competed at the 2012 London and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games. In this last competition, which has been followed by many more, he obtained the Olympic diploma in the 400 m T12, ranking fourth, and in the 200 m T12, ranking sixth.
In 2018, in an interview granted to the program Spain Directfrom Televisión Española, the athlete named his visual disability: retinitis pigmentosa. He also recounted that thanks to the glasses he wears, with a yellow filter, he can capture “as much light as possible”. He was very proud to be part of the Spanish Paralympic team and his coach defined him as “a committed, hard-working and ambitious athlete“.