It has been announced that King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain will be undertaking a State Visit to the UK in June.
The monarch will be coming to Europe between from June 6 – June 8 to promote close ties between the two countries.
This likely means that Donald Trump’s State Visit to the UK will take place in the Autumn now the June booking has been filled.
However, the news of the State Visit comes at a time when there is tension between the two countries regarding the issue of Gibraltar.
In a speech last year, The King said: “I invite the UK, 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 and bring benefits to the people of Gibraltar and the Spanish area of Campo de Gibraltar.”
King Juan Carlos visited the UK on an official state visit in 1986, while the last time Queen Elizabeth travelled to Spain on an official state visit was in October 1988.
King Felipe and Queen Letizia were supposed to visit UK last year on a State Visit, however, it was cancelled due to political turmoil in the country.
Spain’s caretaker government of the time cancelled the upcoming State Visit of King Felipe and Queen Letizia to the UK, amidst ongoing political difficulties in the country.
The Spanish Foreign Ministry said in a statement: “Due to the process of forming a new government currently underway in Spain, the state visit has been postponed.”
Buckingham Palace confirmed that The Queen has been informed, saying: “The Queen, of course, fully understands the decision and the context in which it was taken.” It added that it was too early to confirm what the future plans for the visit would be, given Her Majesty’s pre-planned engagements in a landmark year.
At the time, it was fully expected that the State Visit would be rescheduled.
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