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Spanish royal visit to UK postponed due to early election

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/20/2017
Spanish writer Eduardo Mendoza, second left, poses for the media with Spain's King Felipe, second right, Queen Letizia, right, and his former wife Ana Soler, left, after he was awarded the Cervantes Prize during a ceremony at the University of Alcala de Henares, outskirts Madrid, Spain, Thursday, April 20, 2017. The Cervantes prize is the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honor. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco) © The Associated Press Spanish writer Eduardo Mendoza, second left, poses for the media with Spain's King Felipe, second right, Queen Letizia, right, and his former wife Ana Soler, left, after he was awarded the Cervantes Prize during a ceremony at the University of Alcala de Henares, outskirts Madrid, Spain, Thursday, April 20, 2017. The Cervantes prize is the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honor. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

MADRID (AP) — A top Spanish official says a Spanish royal visit to Britain will need to be rescheduled as a result of Britain's early election on June 8.

Spanish writer Eduardo Mendoza, fifth left, poses for the media with Spain's King Felipe, fifth right, Queen Letizia, fourth right, his former wife Ana Soler, fourth left, and Spain's Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, third left, after he was awarded the Cervantes Prize during a ceremony at the University of Alcala de Henares, outskirts Madrid, Spain, Thursday, April 20, 2017. The Cervantes prize is the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honor. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco) © The Associated Press Spanish writer Eduardo Mendoza, fifth left, poses for the media with Spain's King Felipe, fifth right, Queen Letizia, fourth right, his former wife Ana Soler, fourth left, and Spain's Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, third left, after he was awarded the Cervantes Prize during a ceremony at the University of Alcala de Henares, outskirts Madrid, Spain, Thursday, April 20, 2017. The Cervantes prize is the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honor. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain were to visit London and stay at Buckingham Palace with Queen Elizabeth II from June 6-8.

Spanish writer Eduardo Mendoza, second right, walks with Spain's King Felipe, left, Queen Letizia, right, and his former wife Ana Soler, second left, after he was awarded the Cervantes Prize during a ceremony at the University of Alcala de Henares, outskirts Madrid, Spain, Thursday, April 20, 2017. The Cervantes prize is the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honor. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco) © The Associated Press Spanish writer Eduardo Mendoza, second right, walks with Spain's King Felipe, left, Queen Letizia, right, and his former wife Ana Soler, second left, after he was awarded the Cervantes Prize during a ceremony at the University of Alcala de Henares, outskirts Madrid, Spain, Thursday, April 20, 2017. The Cervantes prize is the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honor. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

But Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis said Thursday that Spain didn't deem it appropriate to continue with the state visit at a time when British officials will be campaigning and parliament will be dissolved. He said future dates will be figured out and announced later by both royal houses.

Spain's King Felipe, left, and Queen Letizia arrive to the Cervantes Prize ceremony at the University of Alcala de Henares, outskirts Madrid, Spain, Thursday, April 20, 2017. Spanish writer Eduardo Mendoza was awarded the Cervantes Prize which is the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honor. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco) © The Associated Press Spain's King Felipe, left, and Queen Letizia arrive to the Cervantes Prize ceremony at the University of Alcala de Henares, outskirts Madrid, Spain, Thursday, April 20, 2017. Spanish writer Eduardo Mendoza was awarded the Cervantes Prize which is the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honor. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

The last Spanish state visit to Britain was that of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia in 1986. Britain's queen and the Duke of Edinburgh paid a state visit to Spain in 1988.

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