Royal Family welcomes Letizia and King Felipe to Buckingham Palace for the couple's first state visit to the UK




She received a very British welcome on Tuesday evening, greeted by dark clouds and heavy showers as she arrived Luton airport.
But Queen Letizia of Spain was met with sunshine and a spectacular gun salute as she kicked off the first official day of her state visit to Britain with husband King Felipe VI on Wednesday.
The couple were formally greeted by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on Horse Guards Parade this afternoon in what is expected to be 96-year-old Philip's last state visit before he retires from public duties in the autumn. 
The Captain of the Guard of Honour Major Charlie Gair, presented his Guard of Honour to Felipe in Spanish while Major General Ben Bathurst, Major General Commanding the Household Division, commanded the grand parade. A total of more than 1,000 troops are expected to take part in the state visit.
Letizia, 44, travelled to the Palace in style in the State Landau - the carriage which was built for the Coronation of King Edward VII in 1902 - alongside Prince Philip, while her husband travelled with the Queen.
The mother-of-two opted for a vibrant yellow coat dress by go-to designer Felipe Varela, vertiginous £550 Prada stilettos and a bespoke headpiece by María Nieto - teamed with yellow and gold earrings which are believed to belong to her mother-in-law Queen Sofía.
Royal Family welcomes Letizia and King Felipe to Buckingham Palace for the couple's first state visit to the UK Royal Family welcomes Letizia and King Felipe to Buckingham Palace for the couple's first state visit to the UK Reviewed by Alexander Von Stern on 07:30:00 Rating: 5