King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain arrive in the UK on Wednesday for a three-day state visit, staying at Buckingham Palace.
They are expected to be greeted by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at Horse Guards Parade, according to the BBC, during a Spanish king’s first state visit to the UK in 31 years, when Felipe’s father Juan Carlos, made the trip. Prime Minister Theresa May is also due to attend the reception of the Horse Guards, missing the Prime Minister’s questions for the event.
A state banquet – which will be attended by Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – is also due to be held in the Buckingham Palace ballroom on Wednesday evening. Prince Harry even plans to take the royal couple to Westminster Abbey on Thursday, where King Felipe will lay a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Warrior.
It’s a fairly high profile, unrestricted visit, especially for a couple who remain relatively unknown to the British public.
However, Queen Letizia is starting to grab the world’s attention with her glamorous style and composed appearance – two of the many similarities she has to Britain’s Kate Middleton.
From her common beginnings to her role as a global style icon, meeting world leaders and focusing on social issues, scroll down to learn about the life of Queen Letizia of Spain.