According to The Guardian, the number of Britons living in Spain doubled in the past 10 years.
According to the Office for National Statistics and the Instituto Nacional de Estadistica there are 296,000 British Citizens living in Spain for more than 12 months in 2016. In the UK there are around 116,000 Spanish people between 2013 and 2015.
Whilst the majority of British in Spain tend to be the over 65's, the Spanish in the UK tend to be between 20 -39. 59% of Spanish residents work, with 78% to be found in three sectors; education and health; banking and finance and hotels and restaurants.
Whilst Brexit creates challenges for all parties, the visit by the Spanish monarch is seen as a positive move.
The King of Spain, King Felipe, will address members of both Houses of Parliament in the Royal Gallery of the House of Lords on Wednesday 12 July. King Felipe will be accompanied by Queen Letizia. The last state visit from Spain was by King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia in 1986. The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP, will give a welcome address introducing King Felipe’s speech. The Lord Speaker, Lord Fowler, will thank the king following his speech. After the address, at a private reception with parliamentarians, King Felipe and Queen Letizia will have the opportunity to see the Marriage Act of Prince Philip of Spain and Queen Mary, which was passed in 1554. The Act is now kept in the Parliamentary Archives.