LONDON: The Queen is to formally welcome the king and queen of Spain to the UK as they begin a two-day state visit. King Felipe and Queen Leitizia will be greeted by the Queen and Prince Philip at Horse Guards Parade on Wednesday.
The trip is the first state visit by a Spanish king to the UK since Felipe’s father, Juan Carlos, came 31 years ago. UK leaders hope the trip will foster understanding between the two countries over Brexit.
It is expected to be the Duke of Edinburgh’s last state visit before he retires from public duties after the summer.
The visit is beginning one day later than usual for such trips, meaning Theresa May will miss Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons to attend the Horse Guards welcome.
Later in the evening, a state banquet is to be held for the Spanish royals in the ballroom of Buckingham Palace, where they are staying.
Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expected to attend the meal. It will be the first time Harry has taken part in a state visit.