The king of Spain, Felipe VImet this Monday with the British monarch, Charles IIIwhom he invited to visit Spain, in a private meeting in Clarence Houseofficial residence of the latter in London.
The meeting took place shortly after 5:00 p.m. local time (same GMT time), before Felipe VI’s participation in the gala dinner to celebrate the 135th anniversary of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in the United Kingdom, according to sources from the Casa Real, which released photographs of both sovereigns conversing in a relaxed manner.
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Both monarchs already saw each other at the funeral of Elizabeth II, last September, at a reception for high-ranking dignitaries at the Buckingham Palace after the funeral, as Felipe VI recalled this Monday in the speech with which he opened the gala dinner of the Chamber of Commerce.
Precisely, he began his address with a tribute to the figure of the long-lived British monarch, whose legacy It will take years, if not decades, to fully understand. said.
In his words, delivered in English, Felipe highlighted the “fond memories” of the occasions that Prince Felipe, Duke of Edinburgh shared with her and her husband, especially on the state visit he made with Queen Letizia in July 2017 to the United Kingdom.
“That was the last state visit of Prince Felipe with the Queen, before he left office shortly after, and we will always be grateful to him for that gesture,” Felipe VI pointed out.
The Spanish king stressed that both he and Letizia hope “receive him -Carlos- and Camila, queen consort, on a state visit or whatever the occasion may be”.
“This strong affinity continues and I am sure it will develop and thrive in new ways,” he added, before expressing his best wishes to Carlos III “to meet the challenges of a modern 21st century monarchy”.
He thanked his counterpart for the reception at Clarence House today, calling it “extraordinarily warm meeting between two parliamentary monarchs united by family and personal ties”.
And he wished for the Prince of Wales, William, heir to the Crown and eldest son of Charles III, and the Princess of Wales, Catherine.”good luck in your new responsibilities”.
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The Spanish king presides over the gala dinner at the London Landmark Hotel, in an event attended, among others, by the President of the House of Lords, John McFall, as well as the Secretary of State for Commerce, Greg Hands.
The CEOs of Spanish companies with a presence in the United Kingdom, such as Iberia, Banco Sabadell, Ferrovial or BBVA, also participate in the gala dinner.
The United Kingdom is the second largest recipient of Spanish direct investment and the presence of King Felipe VI is intended to help strengthen this presence in British territory, in the opinion of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce.