News story

Spanish state visit 2017

King Felipe IV and Queen Letizia of Spain came to the UK on the first official Spanish state visit in more than 30 years.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Majesty the King of Spain riding in a carriage on the Spanish state visit
The Queen and King Felipe going to Buckingham Palace at the start of the Spanish state visit.

Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain came to the UK on a 3-day state visit to the United Kingdom from 12 to 14 July, at the invitation of Her Majesty the Queen.

This was the first state visit to the UK by King Felipe and Queen Letizia. The last state visit from Spain was by King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia in 1986.

The visit celebrated the very close royal, historic, cultural and commercial ties between our 2 countries.

Watch the highlights of the Spanish state visit:

Spanish state visit highlights

Find out more about the historic Spanish state visit.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson welcomed the King and Queen of Spain to the UK:

Boris Johnson welcome for the Spanish state visit

The UK and Spain are close allies: partners in NATO, the UN, G7 and G20 among numerous international organisations. We continue to co-operate in the European Union, and once the UK leaves the EU we want to strengthen our strong and constructive UK-Spain bilateral relationship.

The UK and Spain are major business partners. Spain is the 10th largest export market for UK companies, the UK exports more to Spain than India and Brazil combined.

Read the International Trade Secretary Liam Fox’s speech celebrating the UK-Spain trading relationship.

British Ambassador to Spain Simon Manley talks about the close ties between our 2 countries:

Simon Manley talks about Spanish state visit

State visit announcements

On their final day the King and Queen of Spain went to the Francis Crick Institute and also visited Oxford University.

State visit on social media

Photos from the state visit

Prime Minister Theresa May with King Felipe IV of Spain outside 10 Downing Street

King Felipe outside 10 Downing Street with the Prime Minister. View more photos from the first 2 days of the state visit.

Published 12 July 2017