Gibraltar threatens to sour Spanish royals' United Kingdom visit

Queen Letizia King of Spain Felipe VI wedding

The mother of two showed off a bit more skin than usual while rocking a V-neck Marchesa gown at the state banquet for the visiting royals, King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain, at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.

The pair, who will meet at May's Downing Street residence on the second day of the three-day, pomp-laden state visit, are also likely to discuss the issue of European Union citizen's rights post-Brexit.

The EU has already promised Spain a veto over the extension to Gibraltar of any future trade deal between Britain and the bloc, a topic which could come up during the king's lunch on Thursday with British Prime Minister Theresa May. More than 300,000 Britons live in Spain, while more than 130,000 Spaniards live in Britain.

It is the first state visit by a Spanish monarch since King Juan Carlos toured Britain in 1986.

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

Queen Letizia is known for her fashion-forward style, so she'll certainly be compared to the U.K.'s beloved Duchess of Cambridge during the trip. The long-line collarless lemon blazer featured a minimal style and textured fabric, and complimented the royal's slimline physique.




Though with his retirement looming, this may unfortunately be the last time Prince Philip performs the ritual.

A guard of honour, the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, lined up in front of the royal party and Philip escorted Felipe across the parade ground to inspect the troops.

Britain's head of state and Philip warmly shook hands with King Felipe VI and his wife, Queen Letizia, at Horse Guards Parade, Henry VIII's former jousting yard. Prince Harry, Prince William and Kate Middleton are all expected to be in attendance.

The ambassador, who has travelled to the United Kingdom for the visit, went onto say the King's father broached the same subject when he made a state visit to Britain when monarch in 1986.

The Spanish state visit was postponed twice - firstly because of a political crisis in Spain in March 2016 and then again when the rescheduled date clashed with June's snap general election.

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