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King Felipe VI: Spain and United Kingdom 'profoundly intertwined'

July 12 Prince Charles greeted the Spanish royals and things got awkward
Lillian Steele | 13 July, 2017, 01:30

London weather may be a little chilly and overcast, but Queen Letizia thought she'd bring the sunshine from Spain on her official visit to the United Kingdom with husband King Felipe VI today (12 July).

The pair, who will meet at May's Downing Street residence on the second day of the three-day, pomp-laden state visit, are also likely to discuss the issue of European Union citizen's rights post-Brexit.

The King of Spain has expressed his confidence that his country and Britain will overcome their "differences" over Gibraltar and find a solution "acceptable to all involved".

"These citizens have a legitimate expectation of stable living conditions for their families", he said. King Felipe and Queen Letizia received a Ceremonial welcome.

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 three-day visit by King Felipe VI and his wife, Queen Letizia, came amid a brewing dispute about what Brexit means for the future of Gibraltar, a tiny British territory at the tip of the Iberian peninsula.

July 12

Though with his retirement looming, this may unfortunately be the last time Prince Philip performs the ritual. Felipe rode with the queen in the 1902 State Landau, a gilded carriage built for the coronation of King Edward VII, while Philip travelled with Letizia in a separate carriage.

King Felipe, accompanied by Prince Philip, inspected the Guard of Honor (in this case, the 1st Battalion Irish Guards).

It was a chance for Britain to show off how well it can do "pomp".

The royal couple - who have two daughters - are expected to meet Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge this evening when they are feted with the grand state banquet in the ballroom.

At the United Nations past year, the Spanish King called on Britain to "end the colonial anachronism of Gibraltar".

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