Prince Andrew and Countess Sophie of Wessex received a very warm welcome to Gibraltar amid a row with over fishing rights around the peninsular.
The British queen’s youngest son and his wife are on a three day visit as part of the monarch’s diamond jubilee celebrations. Those in the crowd dismissed a recent complaint made by Spain to the British government, which said it viewed Prince Edward’s visit as an affront. One Gibraltar resident said:
“To tell you the truth I haven’t read the news lately in the last couple of days, and this has been going on for years. The Prince is welcome to come any time he wants. He’s our Prince and he’s welcome to come any time he wants.”
Another resident added: “We’re very happy because they are members of the royal family and we’re very happy that they’re here. This is nothing to do with Spain. Spain have their own royal family, we have ours and that’s the end of the matter.”
In recent weeks around the British territory which borders Spain, there have been skirmishes between British police and Spanish fishermen, reigniting tensions over the peninsular that Spain claims is it’s own.