Spanish Royal visit to the UK

Spanish Royal visit to the UK

The long-line collarless lemon blazer featured a minimal style and textured fabric, and complimented the royal's slimline physique. On Wednesday, Queen Letizia and King Felipe attended a formal welcoming at Horse Guards Parade in London.

The King and Queen of Spain enjoyed a private lunch with the British Royal Family inside Buckingham Palace today - where they were served Laureate's Choice - a sherry selected by poet Carol Ann Duffy.

She's been praised for her fashion-forward style and dubbed Spain's Duchess of Cambridge, so it was no surprise that Queen Letizia looked incredibly elegant as she kicked off the first day of her United Kingdom state visit on Wednesday.

Following Brexit, the row between London and Madrid over Gibraltar's sovereignty intensified further after Brussels claimed it would give Spain the chance to veto any EU-UK deal once Britain severs ties with the bloc.

Juan Carlos raised the controversial issue of Gibraltar then and his son is expected to do the same later today.

Felipe and Letizia are the first Spanish monarchs to visit Britain since Felipe's father toured the country in the 1980s.

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Gibraltar voted strongly in favour of remaining in the European Union at last year's Brexit referendum but remains committed to staying part of Britain and has said it is preparing to lose its preferential access to the European Union markets.

With a population of around 30,000, Gibraltar was ceded to Britain by Spain under the treaty of Utrecht in 1713.

A guard of honour, the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, lined up in front of the royal party and Philip escorted Felipe across the parade ground to inspect the troops.

There was no sign of discord as the Spanish royals arrived at Buckingham Palace, though, with Britain treating them to the full pomp and pageantry traditionally rolled out for visiting heads of state.

Security will be tight for the royal carriage procession along The Mall in what will be the first state visit to take place since the terror attacks in Manchester and London.

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