On Wednesday evening, King Felipe & Queen Letizia held a gala dinner at the Royal Palace of Madrid in honor of the President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, who is on an official visit to Spain.
This was the first occasion Their Majesties had presided over a state banquet since becoming sovereign in June this year. For her first gala as Queen, Letizia surprised everyone by choosing a ready-to-wear black gown by Venezuelan designer, Carolina Herrera.
The stunning black mermaid-style gown features a tiered lace which overlays a nude lining. It has a scalloped illusion neckline, finished with short sleeves and a thin grosgrain belt. It retails for US$5999 and is available from Neiman Marcus.
Her Majesty wore the Order of Merit Grand Cross sash (Chile) with a diamond brooch which is actually the centerpiece of the "Princess" tiara.
Many expected Doña Letizia to wear the Fleur de Lys tiara tonight because it is only reserved for reigning Spanish Queen's, however Letizia opted for the Mellerio Floral Tiara, a piece she had donned on many occasions as Princess of Asturias. The tiara is made of diamonds set in gold and silver floral motifs, and is the property of her mother-in-law, Queen Sofia.
Letizia coordinated the headpiece with simple white gold bezel set diamond stud earrings which originate from her Australian pearl earrings. The dangle diamond and pearl section is detachable, leaving behind the stud.
Her hair looked lovely pinned up in a pretty chignon.
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