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SpainState & Ceremonial

Downing Street insist Spanish State Visit will go ahead despite general election

Downing Street has insisted that the King and Queen of Spain will still visit the United Kingdom for a State Visit from June 6th-8th despite a snap general election taking place at the same time.

According to the Daily Express Royal Correspondent Richard Palmer, Downing Street are confident that the visit will go ahead unhindered.

If indeed the State Visit does go ahead on the dates scheduled, the King would not address the UK Parliament as all MPs and Peers will be canvassing for reelection in the final days of the campaign.

Part of the reason why both the UK and Spain are so adamant for the State Visit to go ahead is because it has been postponed before.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia were supposed to travel to the UK last year, however, due to political and constitutional turmoil in Spain the visit was postponed until 2017.

Both the British and Spanish governments will also be keen for a ceremonial visit of this kind to take place because of Britain’s exit from the European Union and the surrounding issues of Gibraltar.

It is hoped that during the visit, bilateral relations will be improved upon and celebrated ready for trade negotiations in relation to Brexit.

The territorial dispute over Gibraltar is also tense, with The King being known to have strong feelings on the matter.

In September last year, he 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.