Princess Anne in Gibraltar

  March 5, 2009 at 3:10 am by

The Princess Royal has arrived at Gibraltar for a three-day official visit, during which she is set to open a military hospital bearing her name, the Princess Royal Medical Centre, as well as visiting a school for children with special needs.

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The Spanish government, which claims that Gibraltar belongs to Spain, has protested the Princess’s visit. The Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs contacted the British Ambassador with a message that the visit was inopportune and to express annoyance at the visit and its support by the British government. The government of Gibraltar, on the other hand, has welcomed the Princess’s visit and does not seem to be impressed with the Spanish expressions of displeasure.

This is the Princess Royal’s second visit to Gibraltar in five years. She visited in 2004 to be present at the events marking Gibraltar’s 200th year of independence.

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