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! ;)