King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain have been formally welcomed to the United Kingdom by Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, with a short ceremony on Horse Guards Parade in central London.

The two monarchs then enjoyed a [a carriage ride][carriage] through St. James's Park and on to Buckingham Palace, where Their Majesties will view Spain-related items from the Royal Collection.

The Spanish trip is the first state visit to the UK since King Felipe's father, Juan Carlos I, travelled to the British capital in 1986.

On that journey 30 years ago, he mentioned the status of...