And in a hint at a push for changed relations on Gibraltar, the King said there have been 'estrangements, rivalries and disputes' between Britain and Spain in the past.He added: 'I am confident that through the necessary dialogue and efforts our two governments will be able to work towards arrangements that are acceptable to all involved.' The British territory has been persistently harassed by Spanish government ships and Madrid has long wanted it returned.
The King perfected his immaculate linguistic skills at the Lakefield College School, a prestigious private boarding school in Ontario, Canada, which he attended as a child.
And while he returned to Madrid for his undergraduate law degree, he later obtained a masters in foreign service at Georgetown University, a private research university in Washington DC.
Recently, it has tried to use Britain's Brexit vote as an excuse to swoop in and push for joint sovereignty over the Rock.
Thousands of Spaniards travel over the open border to Gibraltar daily to work and there are fears Spain could close the crossing after Brexit in a spiteful bid to put pressure on the territory to cede to their demands. Q: So what difference will Brexit make to Spanish ambitions for the Rock? She has insisted that Gibraltar's status will not be up for discussion during exit talks.
Conservatives had threatened to walk out of the historic speech if he mentioned 'the Rock' - but there was no sign anyone actually did when the issue came up.
King Felipe made the landmark address to MPs and Peers in Parliament's grand Royal Gallery this afternoon in a key part of his state visit to Britain.
In Gibraltar the people have spoken loud and clear.
'Our freely expressed democratic wishes must be respected and that means understanding Gibraltar will remain 100 per cent British.' His intervention came after King Felipe risked the wrath of Tory MPs today as he hinted at 'new arrangements' for Gibraltar in a speech to Parliament.
'What kind of message is that for the people of Gibraltar?