Brexit : Spanish royals visit Britain despite tensions

Brexit : Spanish royals visit Britain despite tensions

Brexit : Spanish royals visit Britain despite tensions

The King and Queen of Spain will be guests of the Queen and Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace throughout their stay.

Back on a dais, the Queen chatted to Letizia as they watched the men walk along the line of guardsmen.

It is feared a long-running dispute between the United Kingdom and Spain over the tiny British territory of Gibraltar could arise during a state visit by the Spanish monarchy to London on Wednesday.

The EU annoyed Britain and Gibraltar in April by suggesting Spain has a right of veto over the territory's post-Brexit relationship with the bloc. She attended the ceremony with Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

The horses will look magnificent, the carriage procession majestic and the State Banquet will be divine but what matters about the visit by the King and Queen of Spain will be words.

King Felipe will lay a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior and the prince will join them on a short tour of the abbey, including the Tomb of Eleanor "Leonor" of Castile - the 13th-Century Spanish princess who married Edward I.

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Juan Carlos, in the first address by a foreign monarch to both houses of Parliament, said he was looking forward to a resolution to the dispute over Gibraltar and that dialogue, underway at the time, was "a step forward".

King Felipe, 49, is thought to raise the issue of Gibraltar during his visit this week and will deliver an address at Westminmster from the Royal Gallery to parliamentarians today before meeting Theresa May for talks at Downing Street tomorrow.

The subject is likely to come up when Felipe, who used a speech to the United Nations past year to invite Britain "to end the colonial anachronism of Gibraltar", holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday.

With a population of around 30,000, Gibraltar was ceded to Britain by Spain under the treaty of Utrecht in 1713.

The VIP visitors enjoy a military ceremonial welcome on Horse Guards Parade to mark the start of their visit to Britain.

The Captain of the Guard of Honour Major Charlie Gair, presented his Guard of Honour to King Felipe VI in Spanish while Major General Ben Bathurst, Major General Commanding the Household Division, commanded the grand parade.

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