Queen Elizabeth welcomes Spanish royals but Gibraltar differences evident

Jay Anderson
July 15, 2017

The first state visit to Britain by a Spanish Monarch, since King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia made an official visit in 1986, saw Felipe and Letizia welcomed by Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles at the start of a busy agenda.

Felipe and Letizia will be treated to the usual bells and whistles of a state visit, including a welcome on London's iconic Horse Guards Parade, and a state dinner-the first attended by Prince Harry, as well as his brother Prince William and his wife Catherine.

The comments come after the Spanish king used his speech to the UN General Assembly in NY past year to call for a negotiated handover of the Rock.

The Queen appears to have waded into the Gibraltar row CHEERS: Here's to Spain letting us keep Gibraltar?

Referring to the history of diplomatic relations between Britain and Spain, he added: "I am certain that this resolve to overcome our differences will be even greater in the case of Gibraltar".

The issues surrounding Gibraltar are also expected to be brought up by the visiting monarch during a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday.

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Gibraltar sits at the southern tip of the Spain at the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea, but has been under British control since its capture in 1704 during the War of Spanish Succession.

Dr Hall said he spoke to the king about "the importance of reconciliation both within the church and between our nations".

"With such a remarkable shared history, it is inevitable that there are matters on which we have not always seen eye to eye. But the strength of our friendship has bred a resilient spirit of cooperation and goodwill".

Referring to King Felipe, the Queen added: "Your Majesty, our countries are reliable partners and friends".

King Felipe brought up the contentious issue - that has split opinion since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union - as he addressed MPs in the Housed of Parliament.

Fabian Picardo, the chief minister of Gibraltar, gave the comments a guarded response, telling Sky News: "What the King has said really harks back to a time when the governments in Madrid and London might make decisions over the heads of the people of Gibraltar".

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