State visits are formal visits to the UK by Heads of State from overseas, with the aim of strengthening Britain's relationships with other countries.
There are usually two incoming State visits each year. Invitations are sent on the advice of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The Queen acts as host to the visiting Head of State, who stays either at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle or, occasionally, The Palace of Holyrood house in Edinburgh.
Visits normally begin with a ceremonial welcome attended by The Queen and other senior members of the Royal Family. If the guest is staying at Buckingham Palace, the welcome takes place on Horse Guards Parade.Â
After inspecting a guard of honour, the visiting President or Monarch then travels with The Queen in a Carriage Procession back to Buckingham Palace.
On the evening of the arrival day, the Head of State will attend a State Banquet in his or her honour.Â
Â Horse Guards Parade:
11:45am onwards -Â Guard of Honour Ceremony by the 1st Battalion ColdstreamÂ Guards, Corps of Drums of the Battalion and Band of the Regiment.
11:55pm â€“ Arrival of Her Majesty.
12:10pm - Arrival of King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain
12:25pm - Departure of the carriages together with the Sovereignâ€™s Escort of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment accompanied by The Band of the Household Cavalry.
12.10pm (Approx.) - 41 Gun Salute by The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery, supported by The Band of the Royal Artillery.
Tower Of London:
12.10pm - 62Â Gun Salute at Her Majesty's Fortress, The Tower of London by the Honourable Artillery Company.
Best viewing points:
-Â Â Â Â Â Â The Mall â€“ For the carriage procession
- Â Â Â MemorialÂ Garden near Queen Victoria Memorial â€“ For carriage procession and all our supporting units.
Green Park by Constitution Hill
Tower of London at Tower by the River Thames