The Spanish State Visit To the United Kingdom

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia State Visit to the United Kingdom: July 12 – July 14, 2017.

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia made a successful visit to the United Kingdom, the first for them as monarchs. The last State Visit from Spain was made by Felipe’s parents, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, in 1986.

Felipe and Letizia were toasted with all of the pomp and circumstance that Britain is known for – after inspecting a guard of honor, the visiting monarch then traveled with The Queen in a Carriage Procession back to Buckingham Palace. Queen Letizia rode with Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall greet the king and queen at Clarence House.

Later, King Felipe addressed the government and in his speech urged that the two nations work closely together over an agreement over the future of Gibraltar and called for a guarantee of future rights for Spanish citizens living in the UK post-Brexit.

“I am certain that this resolve to overcome our differences will be even greater in the case of Gibraltar, and I am confident that through the necessary dialogue and effort our two governments will be able to work towards arrangements that are acceptable to all involved.”

Later on that evening, the Spanish king and queen attended a State Banquet hosted by Queen Elizabeth II. The royal women glittered, and there were smiles all around between the king and Queen Elizabeth II, who are related through Queen Victoria’s granddaughter, Victoria Eugenie (known as Ena).

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, looks fabulous in the honeycomb tiara that once belonged to the Queen Mother.

Day 2 (July 13th)

Prime Minister Theresa May greets King Felipe VI of Spain at 10 Downing Street

Prince Harry accompanied the king and queen during their visit to Westminster Abbey. Here he greets the king, a rare photo of Harry from the back!

Prince Harry, Queen Letizia of Spain, King Felipe of Spain and the Dean of Westminster Dr John Hall stand beside the grave of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey

Felipe also made another visit during the busy schedule, this time to the UK-Spain Business Forum at Mansion House, London.

Felipe, Princess Anne, the Princess Royal and Letizia attend the Lord Mayor’s Banquet at the Guildhall.

Day 3 (July 14th)

Letizia and Felipe meet school children as they visit the Weston Library at Oxford University.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia greet Britain’s Prince Andrew, Duke of York, during a visit to the Francis Crick Institute.

King Felipe during visit to the Francis Crick Institute.

A successful visit, one that I hope happens again in the near future. I hope Letizia and Felipe will bring their daughters, Infanta Sofia and Leonor, the Princess of Asturias. Surely a meeting of royal children needs to happen! ;)

Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia will make State Visit to UK

Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia are headed to the UK for a State Visit. It has been in the making for a while: the trip was announced in December 2015 and scheduled for the following March. It was then postponed due to Spain’s political turmoil happening at that time. They tried again for June 6-8 of this year, but that was canceled due to the UK’s own general election.

Happily, it’s back on for July 12-14th (i.e. next week). There will be a State banquet where, I’m sure, the glamour-factor will be through the roof. Might I add that it will be excellent to see Prince Harry escorting Felipe and Letizia to Westminster Abbey, where the king will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.

There will most likely be discussion between the king and Queen Elizabeth II over Gibraltar, an area of contention between Britain and Spain. The political issue caused Queen Sofia, Felipe’s mother, to back out of Diamond Jubilee celebrations for Elizabeth II.

NOTE: Queen Victoria is the mutual connection between the Windsors and Spain’s Borbon dynasty. Queen Victoria is Felipe’s great-great-great-grandmother and Harry’s great-great-great-great-grandmother.

Spain’s King and Queen Make Introductory Tour

Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia are in the process of introducing themselves to their European neighbors.

Crowned in June of this year, King Felipe and his wife began their tour by visiting Pope Francis at the Vatican. The king and queen then stopped in Portugal to greet the President in July. They continued to Morocco, France and the Netherlands. They recently met with Luxembourg’s Grand Duke Henri and his family and neighboring Belgium with King Phillippe and Queen Mathilde last week.

This tour is a formal acknowledgement of their new position, though these recently crowned monarchs have long been known to the world at large. Felipe and Letizia have already made news crossing the globe to the United States, South America, and Europe in their working lives as Prince and Princess of Asturias.

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Descended from Queen Victoria (through her daughter Beatrice), Spain’s new king is certainly no stranger to other royals. To him, his tours to countries such as Belgium and Luxembourg are simply a family reunion. A very official one, but a family affair nonetheless.

I look forward to more visits by Spain’s new king and queen!

A Recap of Events: Spain

Here’s a brief video of the recent abdication/proclamation events in Spain. I have to say that I love how the cameraman almost follows them out on to the balcony. We can see what Felipe and Letizia see – the massive crowd of people cheering for them, and the emotion behind it all. They all clapped and chanted Felipe’s name, signaling the public’s enthusiasm for better times ahead.

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