The King of Spain celebrated his birthday today but there was no day off for the 49 year old monarch! He was joined by Queen Letizia at the Royal Palace of Madrid for the final act of commemorations marking the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes who wrote the classic novel ‘Don Quixote'.
The year-long commemorations for the Spanish author began in 2016 and today Their Majesties attended the the closing ceremony celebrating the work of the Spanish author.
Queen Letizia recycled a Felipe Varela separates outfit for the occasion. It consists of a red jacket with scallop edges and a matching high-waisted pencil skirt.
The skirt suit dates back to 2009 and Letizia has worn it on several occasions since its debut:
Taking inspiration from the last time she wore the ensemble, Queen Letizia accessorized with her Carolina Herrera 'Maysa' clutch bag.
On her feet she wore red snakeskin D'Orsay heels, a bespoke version of Magrit's 'Alicia' style which she recently premiered at the Gold Medals of Merit in Fine Arts ceremony in December 2016.
She finished the look with her gold filigree hoop earrings.
The King and Queen of Spain hosted the annual Diplomatic Corps reception at the Royal Palace of Madrid this evening.
Their Majesties greeted foreign diplomats and ambassadors as they arrived in the palace's Throne Room.
Queen Letizia looked resplendent in a bordeaux red Felipe Varela gown, featuring tonal lace detailing throughout.
Here's a better look at the back of the dress.
She debuted the gown for the same event in 2013:
Her Majesty complemented the outfit with a new pair of burgundy suede pointed-toe pumps which we only got a glimpse of.
ID UPDATE (29 MAY 2017):
Queen Letizia wore the pumps again for the Madrid Book Fair and we were able to get a better look at the shoes which helped us identify them. They are by Spanish footwear brand LODI.
Queen Letizia made an interesting choice in the jewelry department today. She accessorized her haute couture gown with a new pair of costume earrings by Portuguese brand, Parfois. The multi-stone 'Garden Blooms' stud earrings have a budget price tag of only £5.99! Unfortunately the earrings have sold out in the multi-red colour, but are currently available in multi-blue.
The King and Queen of Spain left their Palace in Madrid today to inaugurate the XXIX edition of AGROEXPO in Badajoz on the Portuguese border.
Their Majesties received a warm welcome from crowds at the international agricultural fair in Western Spain.
Despite the warm reception, Letizia felt the cold and wore two coat layers for the chilly arrival in Badajoz. She sported a new color block coat by Hugo Boss and her Zara cape which you can just see peeking beneath the wool jacket.
The new addition to her outerwear collection is the BOSS 'Jadabia' color block short coat (£580). The gently flared wool coat by BOSS has a modern 2-tone design with flap collar, stitched front snap closure, side slit pockets, and seam detailing. The cozy jacket is made from a soft wool-cashmere blend.
When the royals entered the pavilion to take a tour of the trade fair, Letizia dispensed of her coat and we got a better look at the black Zara cape jacket.
The trendy black Zara cape has been a staple part of Letizia's wardrobe and this is the fourth occasion she has worn it since its debut in November 2015.
Under the cape, Letizia wore her BOSS Hugo Boss 'Banika' pussycat bow blouse (£179).
On her feet were a new pair of black leather boots. Unfortunately there are limited photos of her shoes, but I did notice a gold capping on the block heel. I believe they may be the Hugo Boss 'Hazelle' boots.
Letizia carried her Hugo Boss Small 'Bespoke' Handbag.
She rounded out the look with her TOUS cultured freshwater pearl drop earrings.
Their Majesties, King Felipe and Queen Letizia were accompanied by Felipe's parents, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, to deliver the 2015 edition of the National Sports Awards.
The awards are issued by the Spanish Sports Council and recognize exceptional athletic performance, and also recognize individuals or entities who have made a significant contribution to the promotion of sport.
For today's ceremony held at the Royal Palace of El Pardo near Madrid, Queen Letizia premiered a new tweed sheath dress (most likely by Felipe Varela - waiting on confirmation).
The dress features cropped sleeves and a nipped waist. One of my readers, Natalia notes that the cut of the dress is reminiscent of the bouclé top she debuted in November of last year. The identity of the piece is also a mystery so there's a good chance it's by the same designer.
The sheath dress is consistent with her more recent looks for this event:
On her feet were a bespoke version of the Magrit 'Laura' pumps. Letizia's shoes feature an embossed snake pattern.
Letizia complemented the colours of her dress with her TOUS ruby, emerald and moonstone earrings.
Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain presided over the presentation of the XXVII Tomás Francisco Prieto Prize today. She delivered the award to artist Mitsuo Miura and diplomas to students of Master in Media of Graphic Printing, Illustration and Artistic Coinmaking.
Queen Letizia arrived at the Mint Museum in Madrid wrapped up in a black coat featuring a contrast collar and belt (brand unknown).
She took off the coat for the ceremony to reveal her dove grey Felipe Varela set consisting of a pleated knee-length skirt and collarless jacket with a beaded trim along the neckline, placket and cuffs.
Letizia has favored this classic two-piece set on several occasions since it debuted in January 2008 for a lunch with the then president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Queen Letizia accessorized the suit with her dark grey platform suede pumps by Magrit and Hugo Boss clutch in a matching fabric.
She topped off her look with her dainty Chanel Comète Earrings.
King Felipe and Queen Letizia opened the 37th edition of the International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR) in Madrid today. The 5 day event will bring together more than 9,000 companies from 165 countries with 200,000 visitors.
Their Majesties toured the halls and met with some of the exhibitors of the fair.
Sartorially speaking, Letizia usually plays it safe for this annual event, but today she upped the style stakes and sported a new chic contemporary look.
She rocked a pair of maroon culottes (unidentified) with matching ankle boots. This combination is a current season trend popular with fashion bloggers and street-style fashionistas. Letizia debuted the Uterqüe nappa ankle boots (€125) featuring 3" wood lined chunky heels.
She softened the trendy ensemble with a new long-sleeve pink silk blouse by Adolfo Dominguez. The 100% silk button-up shirt features front buttons concealed by a placket, and has an asymmetric hemline that is a hint longer in the back. The blouse originally retailed for £170 but has now been discounted down to £68.
Letizia also picked up a new bag at the Adolfo Dominguez sales. Today she accessorized with the Adolfo Dominguez Multicolor Shoulder Bag with Large Flap (was £210, now £105).
The colorblock bag is crafted in a mix of bovine and eco-leather that closes with a large flap bearing the U logo. It has golden hardware and the inner lining has a zippered pocket for keeping small essentials.
Her Majesty balanced the modern outfit with an elegant stone double-face wool coat which she premiered last month for a visit to Grupo Zeta.
Queen Letizia finished the look with her Coolook interchangeable earrings consisting of the smoky quartz 'Big Candy' stud earrings (€149.00) paired with the 'Hera' pendants (€247.00).
Today, Her Majesty the Queen of Spain met with the board of directors of the Spanish Federation of Rare Diseases (FEDER) of which she is honorary president.
Queen Letizia arrived for the meeting at the Madrid-based headquarters of FEDER wearing a mix of familiar Hugo Boss pieces.
The look is a mash-up of the two autumnal outfits below. Letizia debuted the one on the left in October of last year for a meeting with the Spanish Mental Health Confederation, and the ensemble on the right was worn on Day 2 of the royal visit of Portugal.
Queen Letizia dispensed of the beige blouse and teamed the BOSS 'Maluka' Skirt with her fiery red Hugo Boss 'Fabrisia' pure wool sweater (shown in blue).
The oatmeal collarless coat with a concealed snap button front is reportedly by Hugo Boss, but unfortunately I have been unable to identify the style.
Letizia carried her men's style Hugo Boss Jackson_S doc leather bag.
On her feet she wore a pair of vintage-inspired camel leather block heels which are reportedly from Uterque (unconfirmed).
Her Majesty finished the perfectly coordinated look with her Bimba Y Lola gold hammered-effect hoop earrings.
The Queen of Spain began her public engagements of the week in a meeting with the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC). She was photographed making her way to the headquarters of the AECC in Madrid.
As Honorary President of the association, Queen Letizia's role is to bring public attention to the subject of cancer research, and campaign for more resources. The AECC also works to improve the conditions for cancer patients and their relatives during treatment. Today’s meeting focused on the the preparations for the upcoming “Cancer Day”, which takes place annually on February 4th, and the action plan for the year ahead.
Letizia arrived at the headquarters rugged up in a new belted wool coat.
She debuted the Hugo Boss 'Canika1' belted wool coat rendered in a dark blue wool fabric. The coat was originally priced at £630 but has now been reduced to £379 at Hugo Boss (UK).
Under the coat Letizia wore a navy suit also by Hugo Boss consisting of a peplum jacket and matching trousers.
She premiered the separates in February 2013 and has repeated the set on many occasions since its release.
Queen Letizia complemented her professional look with a new leather breifcase. The carry-all is the men's style Hugo Boss 'Traveller_D doc' laptop bag (£550). The bag by BOSS is made from soft black leather with a natural grain and matt finish. It provides sufficient room for a tablet or laptop and additional documents.
She completed the ensemble with familiar accessories including her bespoke Magrit 'Mila' navy leather pumps and Coolook blue quartz earrings.
The King & Queen of Spain undertook their first public engagement of the New Year today.
Their Majesties presided over the traditional celebration of the Pascua Militar, which is deeply rooted in the Spanish military and dates back to 1782 during the reign of Carlos III. The ceremony is held annually on the day of Epiphany at the Royal Palace of Madrid.
Following the parade, King Felipe and Queen Letizia made their way to the Throne Room within the Palace to meet officials from the Government, the Ministry of Defence and the Civil Guard.
It was a case of déjà vu in the fashion department for the Queen of Spain. Dressed in a customary full length dress, Queen Letizia wore the same teal green Felipe Varela gown she donned to the same event in 2015.
She also coordinated the look with the same tonal suede accessieres by Magrit.
Letizia did however change up the look with a beautiful braided up-do and her COOLOOK 'Sarin' earrings.
This is not the only occassion Letizia has opted to repeat a look she has previously worn to this event. In 2008 & 2009 she wore the same outfit consisting of a light sage jacket she debuted in 2005. In 2014 Letizia re-wore a blue ensemble she originally sported in 2012. Here's a look back at Letizia's past outfits for the Pascua Militar ceremony:
Later that afternoon, the Spanish royal family were pictured leaving Zarzuela Palace in a minivan en route to the home of Letizia's father for private celebrations marking the Feast of the Epiphany.
Her Majesty donned a new navy military-style jacket and TOUS gold long dangle earrings.
The velvet jacket is the Mango Military style coat (US$169.99).
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