Spain has made an official complaint to Britain over Prince Edward’s plans to spend three days in Gibraltar next month to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubliee.
British Ambassador Giles Paxman was told that Spanish officials are “upset and unhappy” about the visit. However, Spanish officials denied Paxman’s claim that he had been summoned to the Foreign Ministry in Madrid.
Andrew Rosindell, chairman of the Overseas Territories All-Party Parliamentary Group, said Gibraltar may be close to Spain “but it is not Spanish and its people do not want to be Spanish.
“Members of the Royal Family are perfectly entitled to go to any of Her Majesty’s territories in any part of the world whenever they want. I thought Spain had grown up.”
A spokesman for the foreign office said the subject had been raised during a scheduled meeting between the British diplomat and Santiago Cabanas Ansorena, Foreign Policy Director.
In a statement Spain’s foreign office said that “In the course of their conversation and among other subjects, Mr Cabanas Ansorena took the opportunity to express his government’s upset and unhappiness over the visit by the Earl and Countess of Wessex to Gibraltar between June 11 and 13.”
I have to wonder why Spain would be upset about the visit. Have they not got more important things to worry about, like highest the unemployment in the developed world?