Despite objections from Spain the Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, has arrived in Gibraltar for a visit to mark his mothers Diamond Jubliee.
In case you missed it, HM Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne for 60 years and the UK celebrated with a lavish weekend of river pageants, concerts and street parties. Gibraltar, not to be outdone by it’s big brother also held a few parties in celebration.
After arriving to a fan-fair the royal couple inspected a Tri-Service Guard of Honour at RAF Gibraltar before laying the first stone for a Diamond Jubilee Monument.
The Prince, and wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex talked to 91-year-old Gibraltarian Aurelio Montegriffo, who dined with the Queen during a previous royal visit in 1954.
A sea of red, white and blue flags lined the streets and a chorus of both the Gibraltar and British national anthems rung out as the royals arrived at the Convent to meet Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo.
“The people of Gibraltar have done themselves proud,” said Picardo.
“We wanted to show Her Majesty our respect, affection and loyalty in her Diamond Jubilee year and the people of Gibraltar have come out in droves to welcome our Royal visitors.”
Spain had expressed anger at Prince Edwards visit saying it was not right for him to visit the country that Spain claim as their own while the dispute over fishing rights is still raw, despite it being under British rule for 300 years, and despite the Gibraltarians saying they don’t want to be Spanish.
British Foerign Secretary William Hague argued that the Prince had every right to visit any British territory at any time without requiring approval from any body.