British Royal family in Andalucia

Queen Elizabeth II and King Felipe VI of Spain during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London for the King's State Visit to the UK. © Alamy
Queen Elizabeth II and King Felipe VI of Spain during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London for the King's State Visit to the UK. expresses its condolences on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

British Royal Family in Andalucia

By Fiona Flores Watson

Spain has long enjoyed close connections with the British Royal Family, with relations going back centuries.

At the beginning of the last century, in 1906, King Alfonso XIII (of the eponymous, iconic landmark hotel in Seville) married Victoria Eugenia, granddaughter of Queen Victoria. The current Spanish King Felipe VI, is therefore related to the late Queen, and to King Charles III.

More recently, in April 1986 King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia made an official visit to the UK. Then that same summer , and the following one, then-Prince Charles and Princess Diana spent several days with their sons William and Harry at Marivent, the Spanish royal summer palace in Mallorca. In 1988 Spain welcomed Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, who was Greek by birth and second cousin to Queen Sofía (her grandfather was his uncle), on a tour to Madrid, Seville and Barcelona.

Charles and Diana visited the Seville Expo in 1992.

Princess Diana made two private visits to Andalucia, the first in May 1994 staying at the Hotel Byblos Andaluz in Mijas (opening September 2022 as La Zambra). The second in 1997 with her sons Prince William and Harry staying at the Goldsmith's residence in Benahavis. The princes enjoyed an afternoon riding jet skis in front of the Bora Bora beach club San Pedro de Alcantara. Prince Charles has also made several private visits to the Duke of Wellington's estate outside Granada. Prince Andrew,  and Sarah, Duchess of York and family stayed in Sotogrande in 1995 and have returned individually several times since,  attending the Sotogrande Polo tournaments. Sara Ferguson attended the Starlite Gala in Marbella in 2016.  

In July 2019, King Felipe VI made a state visit to the UK with his wife Queen Letizia, and was decorated with the Order of the Garter.

Felipe VII signed the condolence book at the British Ambassador's residence and sent a message of condolence to King Charles III of the death of his “Aunt Lilibet”.

“Your Majesty, dearest Charles. Deeply saddened by the sorrowful news of the passing away of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, your beloved Mother, I would like to offer Your Majesty and the British people, on my behalf and on behalf of the Spanish Government and people, our most heartfelt condolences …… Queen Letizia and I send Your Majesty and the whole Family our love and prayers. You are all in our hearts and thoughts. We will miss Her dearly. With all my friendship and affection, Felipe.”

In Andalucia, the Junta de Andalucia declared a day’s official mourning after the Queen Elizabeth died, Thursday 8 September 2022.  Flags were flown at half-mast from 12 midday on Friday 9 September until 12 midday on Saturday 10 September.

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