The Spanish royal family attended National Day celebrations in Madrid today.
The patriotic commemoration marks the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival into the Americas on 12th October 1492, also known as Columbus Day in the United States.
King Felipe and Queen Letizia were accompanied by their daughters, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia to preside over the traditional military parade of Fiesta Nacional de España.
Leonor opted for a patriotic red Carolina Herrera set with coordinating red shoes also by the Venezuelan-born designer. Younger sister Sofia wore a tweed Pili Carrera dress paired with blue and red two toned ballet flats by Carolina Herrera.
Meanwhile their mother looked elegant in a 1950's-inspired set by her go-to designer, Felipe Varela. The blue-grey outfit featured a belted woollen jacket and a matching box-pleated skirt detailed with a hand-embroidered floral motif on the front and back.
She accessorised with familiar pieces including her navy Nina Ricci suede pumps, midnight blue Felipe Varela pleated satin clutch, and Australian pearl earrings.
The highlight of today's ensemble was a pearl and diamond brooch pinned to Letizia's lapel. The Spanish royal heirloom is designed with a large round pearl surrounded by 12 diamonds and a teardrop pearl pendant suspended from a single diamond.
Letizia's mother-in-law, Queen Sofia wore the brooch on many occasions during her consortship but this was Letizia's first time wearing the piece.
Queen Letizia has predominantly favored tailored designs by Felipe Varela for this annual national day event. In 2010 she branched out and wore a relaxed pant and shawl ensemble. Letizia's smart casual approach didn't go down too well with everyone, and she has since rectified her faux pas in subsequent years.
What did you think of this year's outfit?
The Queen of Spain visited the Segundo de Chomón Secondary School in Teruel to officially open the Vocational Training courses for the 2017/2018 academic year.
She toured the school for a closer look at the courses on offer. She met teachers and students undertaking vocational training courses at the education centre.
Queen Letizia looked smart in a pair of tartan cigarette trousers and a pretty blouse as she arrived at the school in Spain's eastern Aragon region.
She debuted the Mango 'Kennedy' Prince of Wales suit trousers (US$59.99). The black check pants feature a zip and hook fastening, belt loops, twin side pockets, twin decorative welt pockets on the back and rolled-up hems. The style has sold out but Mango's check cotton trousers are a good alternative, or you can shop the current Prince of Wales collection offered by Mango.
Her Majesty refined the look with a soft white silk blouse featuring a pussy-bow neckline. The closest match is the Hugo Boss 'Bibosa' blouse as suggested by @LetiziadePaR. However, there are subtle difference between the two. Letizia's shirt has pintucks on either side of the placket as well as cropped sleeves, whereas the 'Bibosa' blouse does not. I don't think we can confidently attribute this blouse to Hugo Boss.
Letizia added a splash of colour with a red Zara laser cut leather crossbody bag (US$119) adorned with chunky silver chains.
On her feet she wore black suede pumps which look similar to the pair she debuted for an audience hearing in February. They remain unidentified but I suggested they could be by Nina Ricci because they have a similar silhouette as her navy suede Nina Ricci pumps. However, after analyzing the photo of the sole below I think it looks different to the Nina Ricci pumps.
Letizia accessorized with her beloved TOUS cultured freshwater pearl drop earrings and surprised us with a new ring. This is only the third occasion Her Majesty has worn a ring since becoming Queen consort in June 2014! The origin of the oversized ring with green stones is currently unknown.
Letizia has showcased a mix of styles for this annual event over the years. Here's a look back at her past outfits for the opening of the Vocational Training courses:
What did you think of this year's outfit?
The King and Queen of Spain returned to their favourite holiday destination on Monday to attend the inauguration of the new Congress Palace of Palma de Mallorca.
Queen Letizia looked elegant in a floral Carolina Herrera frock as she toured the new convention centre with views over the Bay of Palma.
This new addition to her closet is from the designer's Resort 2018 collection. The sky blue fit-and-flare dress is decorated with colourful floral detailing and finished with semi-sheer sleeves.
Neiman Marcus has a sleeveless version retailing for US$3,290.
Letizia coordinated the look with her coral Felipe Varela clutch bag and nude Prada patent leather pumps.
She finished the outfit with her exquisite aquamarine teardrop earrings which where a gift from the Italian jewelry house Bvlgari following the birth of Letizia's first daughter, Leonor.
Queen Letizia attended commemorations for World Cancer Research Day where she presented the AECC 2017 Cancer Research Grants in her role as honorary president of the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC).
The Spanish queen aired her floral printed Zara frock which she first wore in July 2016 for the presentation of the Iberdrola Foundation scholarships and research grants.
The breezy pink and green chiffon dress features a gathered round neckline, and smock detailing at the waist and cuffs.
Letizia complemented the frock with her Adolfo Dominguez pink foldover clutch and a new pair of pale pink suede pumps.
I believe they are the LODI 'Vela' model (€99) featuring a v-cut vamp.
Below are stock photos of the 'Vela' style in fuschia pink.
Always a stickler for coordination, the Queen further married the pink and green colour scheme with her TOUS ruby and emerald earrings.
King Felipe and Queen Letizia attended an afternoon concert today celebrating the 15th anniversary of Vocento, Spain's leading multimedia communications group.
The Spanish Queen looked ravishing in red as she arrived at Teatro Real opera house in Madrid for the commemorations.
The pleated trapeze dress is by Carolina Herrera and belongs to the label’s Pre-Fall 2017 collection. Made from crêpe fabric, it features a deep v-neckline with a flared silhouette. Letizia added a black ribbon belt to cinch in the waist.
Her Majesty paired the dress with familiar black accessories. She carried her Nina Ricci 'Arc' clutch, and on her feet were the Prada Saffiano patent leather pointy toe pumps.
Letizia topped off her glamorous look with a new pair of chandelier earrings by CooLook. The handmade 'Géminis' earrings (€367) feature irregular cut moonstone, smoked quartz, onyx, and colorless quartz set in gold plated silver.
Letizia's hair also deserves a special mention. Her unstructured ponytail exhibited a perfect balance of casual elegance and was on point for this day-time event.
The Queen of Spain marked the start of the school year today with a visit to the San Matías primary school in Tenerife.
She received a warm welcome from the young school children and Her Majesty reciprocated the delight.
As a mother, Queen Letizia looked right at home among the school children, and she displayed her natural affection toward to the pupils.
Her Majesty was given a tour of some of the classrooms where she took the opportunity to chat with the students.
Queen Letizia stepped out in a new monochrome frock for the occasion.
She debuted the Hugo Boss 'Franca' Stripe Dress (£250), crafted with an elaborate two-tone stripe and tiered effect, this dress by BOSS has a fluid silhouette, elasticized waistline and a soft underdress. It is currently available at House of Fraser in limited sizes.
The style is very similar to her taupe Hugo Boss 'Fanuela' knit dress which she debuted in June of 2015 and recently wore again a couple of weeks ago for audiences at Zarzuela Palace.
Letizia teamed the black and white striped dress with a new pair of block heel sandals by Spanish footwear brand, Naguisa.
She wore the label's 'Mala' model (€225) which features a hand-woven black goatskin cross-over strap. This is the first occasion the Spanish Queen has worn a piece by Naguisa - a Barcelona based footwear manufacturer that prides itself on its Made in Spain tag.
Letizia also debuted a two-tone flap clutch bag by Carolina Herrera. It's a style she already owns in a black/metallic render and the model is from the designer's Spring/Summer 2013 collection.
Below is a stock photo of the bag in reverse colours to the one Letizia carried.
She topped off the elegant ensemble with her Carolina Herrera 'Falling Jasmine' stud earrings.
I am logging off for the next few weeks while I explore the South Pacific paradise of the Cook Islands! I will not be blogging during my vacation, but if you wish you can follow my adventures via my travel Instagram account: @wayfarewanderers
- Elizabeth xo
On the eve of her 45th birthday, Queen Letizia joined her husband, King Felipe VI for the opening of the Scholar University College year at the Salamanca University.
The event was also a celebration of the 8th centenary of the institution.
The Spanish queen stepped out in a familiar Felipe Varela ensemble featuring a white peplum wool jacket and cornflower blue silk full-circle skirt.
She first wore the 1950's inspired outfit during a visit to Belgium in November 2014 and then repeated it at the pre-ceremony lunch for Cervantes Prize winner in April 2015. Last June, Letizia refreshed the look for summer with a white Carolina Herrera blouse.
Queen Letizia accessorized with the same cornflower blue Magrit suede pumps and ocean blue clutch bag by Felipe Varela as worn on previous occasions.
She coordinated the look with her blue stone and mother of pearl dangle earrings by TOUS.
The King and Queen of Spain made a day trip to Cuenca Province in the Castile-La Mancha region of south-eastern central Spain today to deliver the National Culture Awards at Cuenca Cathedral.
The awards recognize individuals or institutions who contribute to the enrichment of the cultural heritage of Spain in areas such as Fine Arts, Cinema, and Literature.
Queen Letizia opted for a patriotic colour at the national award ceremony and looked resplendent in her red Nina Ricci separates.
She first wore the set by the French designer during the State visit to France in June 2015, and she has repeated it on a number of occasions since then.
On her feet Letizia wore her beige Prada pointy-toe patent leather pumps.
She accessorised with her white gold Chanel 'Plume' diamond earrings.
The only new addition to the look was a red clutch bag featuring an oversized medallion on the front. The designer/brand of the piece is currently unknown.
The adorable Spanish princesses commenced the school year today. Leonor, Princess of Asturias and Infanta Sofía were accompanied by their mother, Queen Letizia on their way to the Santa Maria de los Rosales college.
Following the drop-off, Queen Letizia stopped to mingle with fellow mothers.
Her Majesty went make-up free and chose a low-key outfit for the school run. She teamed a navy draw-waist jacket with a white shirt and boyfriend jeans.
She also opted for a pair of comfortable trainers, wearing the light grey Hugo Boss 'Low Cut S' suede sneakers (£215).
Letizia accessorized with her Elena Carrera mini butterfly earrings.
I currently don't have any further details about Letizia's outfit. Unfortunately I've had no time to search and try identify the pieces as I've been very busy with personal commitments. I'll update the post if they are ever identified, or please drop me a comment if you recognise any of the pieces!
The bag is the Paco Rabanne Chain-Mail 14#01 Cabas small tote - thanks to Maryam for the ID. With an original price tag of US$2,890 it's currently on sale for $1,729 at Barneys Warehouse.