UK Welcomes Spanish King and Queen With Military Pomp

Trevor Jackson
July 13, 2017

Both royal lines are descended from Queen Victoria.

She's been praised for her fashion-forward style and dubbed Spain's Duchess of Cambridge, so it was no surprise that Queen Letizia looked incredibly elegant as she kicked off the first day of her United Kingdom state visit on Wednesday.

Mr Rosindell looked on as King Felipe said in the traditional address to both Houses of Parliament that Britain and Spain have a long-shared history and have "frequently stood shoulder to shoulder" as friends, partners and allies, in the best interests of both nations.

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

Prime Minister Theresa May, pictured with Home Secretary Amber Rudd, attended the ceremony, but had no formal role in it. The prestigious occasion is reportedly in hope of improving relations over Brexit and Gibraltar.

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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Felipe and Letizia's last stop is in Oxford, where they will visit the Bodleian library, be given a private viewing of Spanish treasures held in Oxford.

He said: "The people of Gibraltar are rightly nervous".

Last September, Felipe used his address to the UN General Assembly in NY to call for a negotiated handover of The Rock.

A guard of honour, the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, lined up in front of the royal party and Philip escorted Felipe across the parade ground to inspect the troops.

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

The Queen and King Felipe are expected to discuss historic, cultural and commercial ties between the two countries, as well as Brexit. The last such visit from Spain was made by King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia in 1986.

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