Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Royal visit a great success

The celebrations for the Queen's Jubilee might have been a wash out in Britain but here in Spain the sunshine has brought out thousands of loyal supporters in parties organised by ex-pats.

As part of the celebrations, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie are in Gibraltar.

They were greeted there by crowds of well-wishers, despite the royal visit coming after weeks of skirmishes between the British territory's police and Spanish fishermen.

Spain has accused police from the British territory of chasing its fishermen from Spanish waters in recent weeks and has deployed Civil Guard officers to protect the boats.

Gibraltar and Britain say the police are simply enforcing a law that regulates fishing within the waters of the port of the peninsular ceded to the British in 1713 after a 1704 capture.

Spain's foreign minister has said the country will continue to protect the country's fishermen in a dispute that has reignited tensions between the two countries over the sovereignty of the peninsular which Spain has long claimed as its own.

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