State visit by Spanish king to Britain postponed due to snap election

FILE PHOTO: Spain's King Felipe (R) and Queen Letizia arrive at Haneda international airport in Tokyo, Japan, April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

LONDON (Reuters) - A planned state visit by King Felipe of Spain and his wife to Britain in June has been postponed for a month to avoid clashing with a snap election called by British Prime Minister Theresa May, Buckingham Palace said on Friday.

After May announced the surprise election for June 8, the Palace said Queen Elizabeth and Felipe had decided to delay the June 6-8 visit. It will now take place from July 12 to 14.

Tensions between Spain and Britain have grown in recent weeks over the future of Gibraltar after the European Union’s draft position on Brexit talks gave specific mention to the small British Overseas Territory on Spain’s southern tip.

Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Guy Faulconbridge