Spanish royals visit Britain despite Brexit tensions


LONDON: Spanish King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia begin a state visit to Britain on Wednesday, as the two countries attempt to strengthen ties despite tensions over Britain’s plans to leave the European Union and the sovereignty of Gibraltar. The visit was delayed twice, once while Spanish politicians formed a new government and again last month because Britain held a snap general election. The Spanish royals will be greeted on Wednesday by Queen Elizabeth II—a distant cousin of Felipe—with a ceremony in central London. Ana Romero, author and former royal correspondent for Spain’s El Mundo newspaper, said the visit is the “jewel of the crown” of the king’s calendar.



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