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UK Welcomes Spanish King and Queen With Military Pomp

13 July 2017

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Queen Letizia of Spain is seen leaving the ME Hotel during there state visit to the United Kingdom on July 12, 2017 in London, England.

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. More than 300,000 Britons live in Spain, while more than 130,000 Spaniards live in Britain.

"These citizens have a legitimate expectation of stable living conditions for their families", he said.

It is the first state visit by a Spanish monarch since King Juan Carlos toured Britain in 1986. She accessorized with a matching aquamarine tiara and necklace as she stood next to Queen Letizia, who went glam in a red off-the-shoulder gown and diamond tiara. The long-line collarless lemon blazer featured a minimal style and textured fabric, and complimented the royal's slimline physique.

The Queen gifted King Felipe copies of love letters from his great-grandmother to King Alfonso XIII.

Flags of Commonwealth nations were displayed at Horse Guards Parade.

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Every visiting head of state gets the same welcome - their national anthem and the chance to inspect the guard of honour with Prince Philip.

It was a chance for Britain to show off how well it can do "pomp".

The Spanish royals will attend a gala dinner at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday evening and are expected to address both Houses of Parliament on Thursday.

A total of more than 1,000 troops are expected to take part in the state visit.

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.

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.

UK Welcomes Spanish King and Queen With Military Pomp