Queen Sofia misses out on second anniversary celebration
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Diamond Jubilee: Spain's Queen Sofia cancels visit
Queen Sofia of Spain has cancelled a visit to the UK to mark Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee because of disputes over the island of Gibraltar.
A Spanish government statement said it was "hardly appropriate" for Queen Sofia, 73, to attend a lunch on Friday.
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"The prince and the Countess of Wessex are to visit Gibraltar on 11-13 June as part of the celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's reign."
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- The PM (Prime Minister) is to make a statement later today.
- Luggage is not to be left unattended otherwise it may be taken away and destroyed.
- The police are to investigate claims of corruption.
- Life jackets are to be worn at all times.