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Old 02-05-2016, 09:00 PM
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I was really looking forward to this for the shallowest of reasons, Letizia's gowns and choice of tiaras and jewellery! Hoping that things will be sorted out during the summer months so the State Visit can go ahead in the early autumn.

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Old 02-06-2016, 09:18 AM
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Yes, those 'shallow reasons' are quite good friends of mine, too! I was so curious to see which tiara Letiza would wear, hoping for one of the biggies. And I asked myself if Kate would attend and wear Queen Mary's lovers knot tiara again.

But I accept that the the question of forming a stable government is more important than the bling. I hope all goes well and that they'll be able arrange a new date soon. But it might be difficult to find another date that fits into everybody's calendar. We might have to wait longer than we like to.

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Old 02-06-2016, 09:25 AM
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Usually the forming of a Government would not block an already agreed and set State Visit. This formation of a Government however, not with the traditional parties but with more radical newcomers in Parliament, can change how a Government considers certain viewpoints.

We may assume that the current Government, based on the Partido Popular (still the biggest fraction in the Lower House but short of a majority, and still having the majority in the Upper House) has a total different view on Gibraltar, a possible Brexit, the monetary and economic union, the independence of Scotland, etc. than a Government which consist of Podemos.

As the King has to be in line with -and covered by- the Goverment, it is understandable he can not hold a speech during the State Visit telling the position as seen by a PP-Government and two weeks later the new Government has a total different opinion on the same matter.

All by all an understandable move and it leaves time for Doña Letizia to practize in wearing hats and gloves....
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Old 02-06-2016, 12:19 PM
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Very understandable reasons for cancelling the state visit.

But sad for us jewel lovers who will probably get one less Tiara event This year haha
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Old 02-08-2016, 10:04 AM
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There is some diplomatic anger going on now, about the Spanish government being in limbo.
La reina Sofía llenará el vacío que los reyes han dejado en Londres

Queen Elizabeth II has understood the reasons that led to the Spanish caretaker government cancelling the trip. Not so the legions of senior officials of the Foreign Office, Buckingham Palace and even the Shakespeare Company who had completed all the details of the historic visit, 30 years after the last one. Madrid are blaming now London because they insisted to issue the joint statement with the December 3 elections inbetween.

London responds by saying that since Madrid had stressed that "the government may be in office, but not the state." Rajoy began to doubt the advisability of the trip in early January, but only communicated to London after a month with invitations for the gala banquet sent out and program finished.
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Old 11-14-2016, 02:26 PM
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Will this visit will take place in 2017?
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Old 11-14-2016, 02:40 PM
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Will this visit will take place in 2017?
I think the officials at both palaces are working this out for 2017.


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