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King of Spain confident of 'acceptable' Gibraltar deal

King of Spain confident of 'acceptable' Gibraltar deal

His Majesty was addressing the House of Lords as part of his state visit to the UK, after he and his wife Queen Letizia welcomed to the country by Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh with a military spectacle of pomp and pageantry.

The Spanish queen looked as fabulous as ever in her ensemble, teaming a crisp white wrap blouse featuring an asymmetric neckline, with a midi-length pleat front skirt from the renowned British brand.

'Britain's longstanding relationship with Spain has been built over centuries on the deep and solid foundations of our shared history, values and interests, ' the Prime Minister said.

A row has erupted after draft Brexit negotiating guidelines drawn up by the European Council identified future arrangements for Gibraltar as one of its 26 core principles.

But the Gibraltar government insisted its is the most important voice in the future of the British territory and criticised King Felipe's "undemocratic" ignorance of the wishes of its people.

Addressing business leaders in London, Felipe hailed the close ties between Britain and Spain but said: "We cannot deny that the scenario originated by the UK decision to leave the EU has generated uncertainty and doubts for our companies".

Later he will be hosted at the Guildhall in the City of London for a banquet.

"But those principles are not just abstract ones; they apply to Gibraltar and its people too".

The former newsreader has not put a designer-clad foot wrong since she and her husband ascended to the throne in 2014 and it's not purely due to a castle-sized budget either. Spain has persistently sought to regain the tiny southern territory.

Britain is the top destination for Spanish investment in Europe. The UK's Labour Party has yet to set out a position.

In Thursday's auction in Madrid, however, they went for 201,555 and 242,287 euros, one of them to a car dealership and the other to a private buyer, the finance ministry announced in a statement.

The Dean of Westminster John Hall was on hand to welcome his guests of honour, and led the group inside for a tour.

Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell earlier urged Prime Minister Theresa May to remind the King that Gibraltar is British, despite long-standing Spanish claims to the territory.

'This week's state visit is an opportunity to celebrate the historic bond between our countries and our citizens. Outside, the Spanish queen greeted well-wishers, including a group of schoolchildren.