The Queen of Spain attended a board meeting with Fundéu BBVA today at their headquarters in Madrid.
The Fundéu BBVA (Fundéu being an acronym for Foundation of Emerging Spanish) is a non-profit organization created in February 2005 in Madrid with an objective to maintain the unity and “purity” of the Spanish language.
Queen Letizia wore her black Zara Military Jacket (sold out) - a cotton jacket with a raised velvet collar and passementerie detail on the front and sleeves. It is finished with gold-toned buttons on the front and velvet-covered cuffs.
She teamed the military jacket with black straight leg trousers and her natural white Hugo Boss BOSS 'Bajula' silk blouse.
On her feet she wore the BOSS Hugo Boss 'Staple R' Black Crocodile-Embossed Pumps.
Queen Letizia highlighted the outfit with a Malababa Minihontas Python Asphalt Gold clutch (€670). The defining feature of the bag is the genuine agate centrepeice.
I'm not certain if the piece is new. On November 2015 Hola magazine released candid photos of Her Majesty on a date night with King Felipe, and in those photos she was carrying a black Malababa Minihontas clutch. Due to the grainy nature of the images it was not possible to distinguish if she carried the lambskin or python version of the bag. Perhaps this settles the debate but it wouldn't surprise me if she also owns the lambskin model because she has this style in beige and brown suede as well.
Letizia finished the look with her Bimba Y Lola gold hammered-effect hoop earrings.
On Thursday evening, the Argentine president and his wife reciprocated the previous night's gala dinner by hosting a reception at the Royal Palace of El Pardo, their official residence during their State visit to Spain. The King and Queen of Spain were greeted by the president's daughter upon arrival.
The cocktail reception was modest compared to the stately banquet but Queen Letizia still managed to dazzle in a black and white striped sequined number with strap detail. Unfortunately the designer of the party dress is currently unknown.
Letizia teamed the sparkly shift dress with black patent accessories. She carried her Burberry studded clutch bag and wore a new pair of platform pumps by Magrit.
Letizia's De Grisogono black diamond teardrop earrings complemented the outfit perfectly.
King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia were joined by the President of Argentina and First Lady, who are in Spain on a State visit, for the official opening of the 36th ARCO International Contemporary Art Fair in Madrid.
The event attracts collectors, curators, museum directors, gallery owners, artists and professionals from all around the world, which makes the show a unique and unmissable event on the international art calendar. Argentina is the guest country of this year's Fair.
The party of four enjoyed mingling with the crowds.
The Spanish queen opted for a minimalist yet youthful look. She debuted a white fit-and-flare dress by her go-to brand Hugo Boss.
She wore the 'Kajuni' dress (£259.99) from the label's HUGO line. The solid white frock is made from a stretchy cotton blend. It features half-length sleeves, a waisted cut and a slightly flared skirt with subtly draping folds. The round neckline with a small band collar adds an unconventional touch.
Letizia offset the solid white dress with snakeskin accessories. She carried her Lidia Faro python skin clutch bag and on her feet she wore the Magrit 'Mila' snake-effect pumps.
Queen Letizia continued her recent trend of borrowing jewels from the royal vault.
She premiered a sparkling pair of pearl drop earrings worn by her sister-in-law Infanta Elena on her wedding day.
It has been somewhat of a tradition for Letizia to debut a new outfit for this annual art exhibition. Here's a look back at her previous ARCO ensembles:
On Wednesday evening, King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia held a gala dinner at the Royal Palace of Madrid for the President of Argentina and his wife, who are on a State visit to Spain.
Queen Letizia chose an understated black Felipe Varela velvet gown for the glittering event, the perfect backdrop to showcase the crown jewels!
Her Majesty wore the Fleur de Lys tiara, a diadem exclusively reserved for Queens of Spain. This was Letizia's first time wearing the piece; and it is the most prominent tiara that the Spanish royal family possesses. It is affectionately named the "La Buena," or "The Good One" by the royal family.
Made in 1906 by the Spanish court jeweler Ansorena, the Fleur de Lys tiara was a wedding gift from King Alfonso XIII to Queen Victoria Eugenia (better known as Queen Ena of Spain). The all-diamond tiara features three large fleur de lys motifs - the symbol of Spain's reigning family, the House of Bourbon. The motifs are connected by swirls and scrolls and set in platinum.
The tiara is one of the joyas de pasar, a collection of jewels designated by Queen Ena in her will for the select use of Spanish queens. The large diamond earrings and the weighty double diamond bracelets that Letizia also premiered are part of that group as well.
Her Majesty wore the Order of Merit Grand Cross sash (Argentina) with a fleur de lys diamond brooch which originates from the centerpiece of her "Princess" tiara.
Under the dress we got a glimpse of black peep-toe platform sandals by Magrit.
It was a treat to finally see Queen Letizia bring out the big guns! I am however surprised she did wear the joyas de pasar for this gala. I thought she may have been saving the crown jewels for a monarch-to-monarch State visit, such as the postponed visit to the UK. Following the tiara drought of 2016, I'm delighted Queen Letizia opened the vault!
King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia welcomed Argentine president, Mauricio Macri and his wife, Juliana Awada at the commencement of their State visit to Spain.
The official welcome ceremony was held at the Royal Palace of Madrid. It included the playing of each country's national anthem.
This was followed by a Royal Guard parade.
After the ceremony, Their Majesties offered a private luncheon for their South American guests at their home in the Palace of Zarzuela.
Pink was the colour of choice for both Queen Letizia and First Lady Juliana Awada.
Her Majesty opted to repeat a blush pink Felipe Varela skirt suit, a set she's worn on a few occasions since she debuted it during a visit to the United States in November 2013.
There were no real surprises with Letzia's choice of accessories. She kept them neutral with her Magrit patent skinny belt and matching clutch bag. She added a new pair of nude pumps.
They are the LODI 'Saray' nude patent leather pumps (€109). The SARAY model is a classic lounge made of nude patent leather with a heel height of 11.5 cm and 0.5 cm concelated platform.
The highlight of the look was a "new" pair of elongated oval earrings.
The vintage-style earrings belong to Letizia's mother-in-law Queen Sofia, however their provenance is unknown. Below we show Sofia of Spain wearing them in 2008 during a State visit to Japan.
Both ladies had fabulous up-dos.
We'll see more elegance from both women at the evening's gala dinner!
I will be away from Wednesday to Sunday so unfortunately I will not be able to cover the upcoming State visit of the President of Argentina to Spain. I will do a catch up blog post when I return.
- Elizabeth x
The King and Queen of Spain were joined by the President of Hungary, János Áder and his wife, Anita Herczegh at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid to inaugurate the Obras Maestras de Budapest exhibition features paintings, drawings and sculptures from the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest and the National Gallery of Hungary.
It features 90 works from the 15th to the 19th centuries by famous painters including Leonardo da Vinci, Cézanne and Manet. It's the first time these works have been presented at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.
Today Queen Letizia stepped out in a mushroom coloured tweed dress she debuted last month to present the National Sports Awards at the Royal Palace of El Pardo. The frock has the hallmarks of a Felipe Varela design, but the Spanish designer has not confirmed the piece is his.
Her Majesty updated the look with a waist cinching belt in nude to match her handbag and Magrit 'Beatriz' nude patent peep-toe heels.
Queen Letizia glammed up the outfit with her Coolook 'Papiro' earrings, featuring a mix of irregular stones consisting of natural amethyst, green amethyst and moonstone.
The Queen of Spain stayed home today and received two audiences at Zarzuela Palace. She first met with representatives from the Fundación Vianorte-Laguna, followed by the Professional Women's Network of Madrid.
Queen Letizia surprised us with a new look. Her Majesty prefers to mix and match familiar pieces when she attends audiences, but today was an exception.
She combined two new garments from Hugo Boss; the BOSS 'Relgie' stripe silk blouse (US$220) with the BOSS Black 'Vikina' Flared Pleated Skirt (£300).
On her feet were a new pair of black suede pointed toe shoes which I believe are by Nina Ricci because they have a similar design as her navy suede Nina Ricci pumps.
ID UPDATE (17 Oct 2017):
Queen Letizia wore the pumps again for the opening of the Vocational Training courses in September 2017, and we got a better look at the sole of the shoes. The eagle-eyed Núria Tiburcio identified the courts as Carolina Herrera based on the logo on the sole which appears to match the embossed detail on this pair of CH Carolina Herrera pumps. Below is a stock photo of the black suede pumps by CH Carolina Herrera.
The only familiar piece were her Laura Marquez 'Linear' white gold earrings which date back to 2001 (below we show them in gold).
The King and Queen of Spain started the working week at the closing ceremony of the Telefónica Foundation research project on "The economic value of Spanish". The extensive study set out to quantify the economical the cultural value of having the Spanish language spoken by 500 million people.
Queen Letizia arrived at the Foundation's headquarters in Madrid wrapped up in her black Carolina Herrera fur collar cape.
Once inside the building Queen Letizia showed off her fashion-forward style in an edgy black leather skirt and a feminine pussybow blouse.
The knee-length leather skirt features a high-waist and I think it has either a suede or satin band. The brand/designer is a mystery so please drop me a line if you recognise it! Letizia offset the pencil skirt with a flowing blouse featuring a black-and-white windowpane-print and bow neckline.
The new checked blouse with bow is by Spanish fashion brand, Roberto Verino. The top is from the designer's Autumn/Winter 2016 collection and it had a retail price of €140 before being reduced to €80.
The piece by Roberto Verino marks a designer debut in Letizia's closet. His designs are characterised by an urban and functional style. Verino strongly supports the use of natural materials and has always been one of the figures championing Spanish linen, wool and sheepskin in Europe.
Letizia accessorized the outfit with familiar supplements including her Hugo Boss 'Bespoke' handbag and Carolina Herrera patent and suede pumps.
She finished the look with subtle pink lip gloss and her black starburst drop earrings with diamond hoops.
It's already been a busy month for the Spanish royals and there was no let-up for Queen Letizia and King Felipe VI as they visited the Madrid-based headquarters of the National Center for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC) today.
Queen Letizia stepped out in her favourite Hugo Boss leather dress for a tour of the research facilities.
The burgundy lambskin sheath dress has been a popular choice for Letizia since she first sported it in October 2014 for a solo visit to Vienna.
Today Letizia combined the dress with her BOSS Fashion Show 'FS_Jesila' blazer which she also debuted in Vienna.
She also brought back her familiar LODI 'Sara' ombre patent pumps and TOUS gold long dangle earrings.
Letizia pepped up the ensemble with a new burgundy croc-embossed handbag featuring a gold curb chain.
These are the best images I could find of the bag, and after an extensive search I was able to identify it from the archives of Uterque.
The bag has a croc-embossed body with an ostrich pattern trim. It retailed for €150.