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Details of Spanish State Visit announced

The State Visit that was cancelled last year due to the corruption scandal will now take place from 12-14 July.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain will visit Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace later this month. The last State Visit from Spain to the UK was quite some time ago, in 1986 to be exact by King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia.

In 1998, Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh went to Spain on a State Visit, and Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall made an official visit in 2011.

The tour will start off on a quiet note on the 11th as King Felipe and Queen Letizia land at Luton Airport where they will be greeted by the Viscount Brookeborough, Lord-in-Waiting.

The following morning, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will greet the couple at their hotel on behalf of Her Majesty. From there, the four will travel to Horse Guards Parade to receive a Ceremonial Welcome where The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will first receive the King and Queen of Spain.

A private lunch at Buckingham and tea at Clarence House, along with King Felipe addressing the Royal Gallery to Parliamentarians will fall in the afternoon.

The day will end with the moment most Royal Watchers look forward to during a State Visit; the State Banquet. Always guaranteed to bring out the best of the best jewels!

In the following days, King Felipe and Queen Letizia will join Prince Andrew at a UK-Spain Business Forum, the Princess Royal at a Banquet at Guildhall given by the Lord Mayor and the City of London and Prince Harry will join them in laying a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.

Apart from their schedule with the British Royal Family, the Spanish Royal couple will visit Oxford University to view Spanish artefacts and a reception for Spanish nationals at Exeter College.

  • Anne

    What corruption scandal?? The visit was first cancelled by the lack of government in Spain and later by the UK’s election.

    • Lesleyc

      Exactly – there is no fact-checking here.

  • Alberto

    The visit by the Queen took place in 1988. Not 1998.

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