Felipe & Leticia In London As Madrid´s Brits Celebrate Coronation
King Felipe VI and Queen Leticia of Spain joined over a hundred heads of state for the coronation of King Charles II in London on Saturday 6th May.
Along with some 2,300 guests, Felipe and Leticia attended the ceremony at Westminster Abbey, seated with members of other royal families including those from Europe and Asia as well as other heads of state.
Felipe attended the ceremony in full military uniform while Leticia chose a fuschia suit reputed to have cost 1,000 Euros.
The royal couple attended the welcome reception at Buckingham Palace given by King Charles for the heads of state guests on the Friday evening.
Huge Congratulations to King Charles III and Queen Camilla on Their #Coronation
Wishing His Majesty King Charles III a long and successful reign, and long may it thrive with the strong ties between the United Kingdom and Spain.
📷 @CasaReal pic.twitter.com/BiiG4Wplc1
— Embassy of Spain UK (@EmbSpainUK) May 6, 2023
The couple arrived separately. Felipe flew in to London from Lugo, where he had attended an event, and Letizia travelled from Madrid.
Britain´s ambassador to Spain, Hugh Elliott, tweeted his congratulations – to his new boss!
For the reception the queen reportedly “wore a pistachio green dress by Victoria Beckham, a gesture towards British fashion”.
Meanwhile in Madrid, the small British community celebrated in their own way.
Behind the closed doors of Youtopia the Fundacion Hispano Britanica held a live stream “tea party” which saw a sell out event as Brits and Spaniards alike celebrated Charles´s coronation with scones and lots of bubbly.
The Fundacion Hispano Britanica is Spain´s leading foundation for the promotion of UK- Spain cultural links.
Today a lower key indoor “street party” was held indoors at Madrid´s leading English language bookshop the Secret Kingdom who hosted Madrid´s venerable theatre group, the Madrid Players for a fundraising event.