Princess Anne gave The King and Queen of Spain a royal welcome yesterday, as she greeted them both with a deep curtsey upon their arrival at a Guildhall Banquet.
The event was hosted by the Lord Mayor and City of London Corporation, and attended by various dignitaries of the city, plus The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.
As various dignitaries and guests arrived, the Royal Air Force and The Queen’s Colour Squadron Guard of Honour performed a range of music.
As the banquet came to an end, both King Felipe and the Lord Mayor of London gave speeches.
Princess Anne is one of three members of the British Royal Family to be awarded an honour by King Felipe; she was appointed to the Order of Isabella the Catholic. This honour is a Spanish Civil Order, where membership is granted in recognition of services to one’s country. The Duke of York and Prince Harry were also awarded for their role in the state visit, which was delayed twice due to political instability in Spain, and the snap general election in the UK.
It is only usually given to Spanish nationals, but it can also be given to recipients who come from other nations, as in this case. The 202 year old award has also been given to the current Mayor of Paris and Prime Minister of Japan.
The Queen also made her Spanish counterpart a Knight Stranger of the Order of the Garter, as she did with his father, Juan Carlos.
As well as hosting the Guildhall banquet, Anne also attended Wednesday’s state banquet at Buckingham Palace, where she was also joined by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry.