King Felipe VI: Spain and United Kingdom 'profoundly intertwined'

King Felipe VI: Spain and United Kingdom 'profoundly intertwined'

King Felipe VI: Spain and United Kingdom 'profoundly intertwined'

Tory MPs are threatening to walk out on the King of Spain if he mentions the issue of Gibraltar while on a state visit to the UK.

The four are all descended from Queen Victoria and shared a few words before the welcome ceremony began.

Prime Minister Theresa May and Home Secretary Amber Rudd were also spotted in extravagant hats at the Horse Guards Parade in London.

On Wednesday, Queen Elizabeth II greeted Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia for the kick-off of their first-ever state visit.

Simon Manley, Britain's ambassador to Spain, was questioned by journalists in Madrid last week and when asked if Felipe could talk about the British overseas territory, in his Westminster speech, he replied it was a possibility.

"I invite the United Kingdom, on this first occasion at the UN after Brexit, to end the colonial anachronism of Gibraltar with an agreed solution between both countries to restore the territorial integrity of Spain", he added.

The subject is likely to come up when Felipe, who used a speech to the United Nations previous year to invite Britain "to end the colonial anachronism of Gibraltar", holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday.

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They will then visit Exeter college, where a professorship in Spanish is named after Felipe's great-grandfather, Alfonso XIII, and meet Spanish students and academics.

Juan Carlos, in the first address by a foreign monarch to both houses of Parliament, said he was looking forward to a resolution to the dispute over Gibraltar and that dialogue, underway at the time, was "a step forward".

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

Felipe and Letizia's last stop is in Oxford, where they will visit the Bodleian library, be given a private viewing of Spanish treasures held in Oxford.

King Felipe, accompanied by Prince Philip, inspected the Guard of Honor (in this case, the 1st Battalion Irish Guards).

The VIP visitors enjoy a military ceremonial welcome on Horse Guards Parade to mark the start of their visit to Britain.

The Duchess of Cornwall and Spain's Queen Letizia leave their hotel by vehicle in London at the start of the King's State Visit to the UK.

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