Brexit : Spanish royals visit Britain despite tensions

King Felipe VI of Spain and Queen Letizia of Spain head to UK for Royal Tour

Glamorous Queen Letizia, 44, travelled to Buckingham Palace in the State Landau - the carriage which was built for the Coronation of King Edward VII in 1902 - alongside Prince Philip, while her husband travelled with the Queen.

Andrew Rosindell told The Sun: 'If such an august occasion was used by the Spanish to try re-open the non-negotiable issue of Gibraltar's sovereignty, I would expect there to be serious anger'.

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

The visit is seen as an important step in securing relations with Spain as the United Kingdom leaves the EU.

Pic: ReutersLONDON: Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia begin a pomp-laden state visit to Britain on Wednesday to cement ties that have been strained by questions over the post-Brexit future of Gibraltar, a British territory on the southern tip of Spain.

It will be the first time full-time royal Harry, 32, has taken part in a state visit.

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During their three-day visit Felipe and Letizia will dine at a Buckingham Palace state banquet, with Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge expected to attend; visit the Palace of Westminster, where the king will address parliamentarians; and on Thursday Felipe will meet Mrs May at Downing Street.

It is expected to be 96-year-old Philip's last state visit before he retires from public duties in the autumn.

In 1986, King Juan Carlos of Spain paid an official visit to the United Kingdom, since that time the Spanish royals didn't come to the island.

The visit is seen as an important step in securing and maintaining good relations with Spain as the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. There, King Felipe will address MPs and Lords and he will chose either a diplomatically cautious path or a more risky one by mentioning Gibraltar as he has done before.

Earlier a year ago due to political crisis in Spain and then because of the General Election, King Felipe and Queen Letizia were unable to come to the UK.

The Cambridges are already viewed as the royal family's Brexit ambassadors, and are setting off on another diplomacy tour next week - heading to Germany and Poland for five days with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte in tow.

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