UK state visit for Spain’s King Felipe VI in June

King Felipe VI and Queen Leticia

KING FELIPE VI of Spain has rescheduled this year’s state visit to the UK to June 6-8.

The King will give a speech at Parliament, dine with London’s mayor  Sadiq Aman Khan, and hold meetings with PM Theresa May.

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When speaking with the prime minister, Felipe will be expected to discuss the future of the 200,000 Spaniards, who currently live in the UK, after Brexit.

He will also discuss issues surrounding Gibraltar, who will have to exit the EU with Britain, and offer the option of co-sovereignty should it wish to remain in the EU.

Queen Leticia will also join her husband for the visit, which will include a tour of Buckingham Palace given by Queen Elizabeth II.

The visit has been delayed by more than a year due to Spain not having an elected government at the time.

This will be the first state visit in 31 years for a Spanish monarch, the last one being King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia’s visit in 1986.

King Felipe has also rescheduled his state visits to France, Mexico, Portugal and Japan to April 2017.


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