Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia Begin First UK State Visit

The Queen and Prince Philip have welcomed the king and queen of Spain to the UK for a three-day state visit.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia are attending a ceremony at Horse Guards Parade and earlier met Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

The trip is the first state visit by a Spanish king to the UK since Felipe’s father, Juan Carlos, came 31 years ago.

The BBC’s royal correspondent said UK leaders hope it will improve relations over Brexit and Gibraltar.

It is expected to be the last time the Duke of Edinburgh takes part in a state visit before he retires from public duties after the summer.

The visit is beginning one day later than usual for such trips, meaning Theresa May missed Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons to attend the Horse Guards welcome.

Mrs May’s Home Secretary Amber Rudd was also in attendance.

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SOURCE: BBC News