Today, Prince Harry accompanied the Spanish King and Queen on a tour of Westminster Abbey, where Felipe laid a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.
This week’s visit marks the first time Harry has ever been officially involved with a state visit, as Prince Charles’ youngest son steps up his royal duties. Felipe and Letizia greeted Harry – who they met at last night’s state banquet – in the traditional Spanish way with kisses on both cheeks, once again reflecting the more informal nature of the relationship between the two families.
Once inside the Abbey, Felipe laid a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior, one of the Abbey’s most famous monuments. The floral tribute was themed in the Spanish national colours of red and yellow, with a ribbon mimicking the Spanish flag.
A simple handwritten message, ‘In Remembrance’, accompanied the wreath.
Westminster Abbey’s Dean, Dr. John Hall, led the royal trio in prayers to honour the war dead and veterans, before accompanying them on a tour of the Abbey.
Felipe, Letizia and Harry were also taken to visit The Shrine, deemed the holiest part of Westminster Abbey, which houses the tombs of five Kings and four Queens, most notably Edward the Confessor, who commissioned the consecration of the Abbey in the 11th Century.
Before leaving, the Spanish couple both signed the Abbey’s visitors’ book, which also contains the signature of Felipe’s father, Juan Carlos, who visited Westminster Abbey during his state visit in 1986.
Yesterday, the couple was welcomed to London with a ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, followed by viewing Spanish-related items in the Royal Collection and tea with Prince Charles and Camilla; The King then spoke in Parliament, briefly touching on Gibraltar.