Spanish State Visit to Britain- Day 2

King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain are on a 3-day State Visit to Britain, from July 12th to the 14th, on advice from the Spanish Government, to strengthen political, economic, and cultural ties between the two countries. They are being hosted by the British Royal Family, and will stay at Buckingham Palace for the duration of the State Visit. Click HERE to read about the Program and HERE for Day 1.

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On the morning of Day 2, July 13th, of the State Visit, King Felipe attended a UK-Spain Business Forum at Mansion House with the Duke of York, where he gave a speech. Later, the King and Queen visited Westminster Abbey with Prince Harry, and laid a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior. They also signed the visitors’ book, which was signed by the King Felipe’s father, King Juan Carlos I, in 1986.

Afterwards, King Felipe and Queen Letizia attended a reception for members of the Spanish Community in London at the Spanish Embassy. Later, the King visited No. 10 Downing Street for a meeting and lunch with British Prime Minister Theresa May at Downing Street.

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In the evening, King Felipe and Queen Letizia attended a banquet hosted by Lord Mayor of London at the Guildhall. The King gave a speech. The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence were also present.

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For the day events, King Felipe wore a navy pinstriped suit with a blue tie. Queen Letizia wore a navy Felipe Varela blouse with a Carolina Herrera skirt and a pair of diamond and turquoise earrings belonging to Queen Sofia. For the Guildhall Banquet, King Felipe wore White Tie with the Order of the Garter and the neck badge of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Queen Letizia wore a navy gown with the Floral Tiara, large sapphire and diamond earrings, modern Fleur-de-Lys brooch, Joyas de Pasar bracelets, and the Order of Carlos III.

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At the Guildhall Banquet, the Princess Royal wore a grey gown with her Festoon Tiara, Festoon Necklace, diamond earrings, brow brooch, the Order of the Garter and the star of the Order of Isabella the Catholic, awarded to her, Prince Harry, and the Duke of York for involvement in the State Visit. Sir Timothy Laurence wore White Tie with Orders.

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3 thoughts on “Spanish State Visit to Britain- Day 2

  1. Queen Letizia was stunning once again! What a beautiful midnight blue dress and how well the floral tiara complements her features! The King and Queen of Spain must rate pretty high in the UK since the royal representative to the dinner was the Queen’s daughter, Princess Anne. I have noticed that the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester have been the usual representatives of the Queen in this affair, at least during the past three or four state visits. The Princess Royal was uncharacteristically whimsical that evening, wearing a flowery lacy dress with a full, gathered skirt. It may not be the height of current fashion, but she manages to make it work and I don’t even know how. I guess her beautiful tiara, necklace, earrings, and brooch might have something to do with it! I haven’t said anything about Queen Letizia’s epaulete earrings because even though it’s true they don’t match the tiara, they do match the dress, and maybe that was what she was going for. What’s important is that the overall effect is marvelous! And wasn’t it nice that Princess Anne, Prince Harry and Prince Andrew got some orders during this trip. I am so sad that it’s over!

    1. I’m sad it’s over too, but we can look forward to more State visits from the ‘new monarchs’ of the Netherlands and Belgium. Also, King Felipe and Queen Letizia should undertake more State Visits to other fellow european countries soon!

  2. Oh, yes!I think both royal couples have visited the Queen after they were inaugurated, but they haven’t had a proper state visit. The Queen is done for this year, so it will have to be for 2018. I was reading up on the Order of the Garter and came to find out that the last Belgian king to be honored with it was King Baudouin. For some reason King Albert II did not receive it, so maybe his son King Philip will. And since King Felipe VI was given the order even though his father is still alive, then King Wilhelm-Alexander might be honored with it as well. There was no Garter Ceremony this year because of he elections, so I’m really looking forward to next year’s ceremony.

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