This morning, a new chapter in Spanish history was officially marked with a low-key ceremony at the Palace of Zarzuela, where Felipe VI was sworn as the King of Spain.
Queen Letizia looked on wearing an elegant white ensemble by her favourite Spanish designer, Felipe Varela. She wore a simple crepe dress topped with a matching coat featuring a neckline embellished with red and yellow crystals, signifying the Spanish national colours.
The piece is bespoke but shares elements of the 'Abrigo' tweed coat from the current Summer 2014 collection. The pockets, horizontal bodice seams and darts around the waist are the same, along with the curved hem at the opening. The obvious difference is the collar which has been removed and replaced with an embellished neckline.
She accessorised with nude shoes from Magrit, a style similar to the 'Leonor' which feature a cut-out vamp. They are pointed pumps with a 10 cm stiletto heel and retail for €220. I did however notice a few subtle differences between the 'Leonor' and the pair the Queen wore. Letizia's have a concealed platform and the sole lining is lighter. I spoke with a company representative and they confirmed that they are a bespoke pair made from kid leather.
The ivory suede clutch bag is also by Felipe Varela. It is a bespoke piece styled on the 'Catera' clutch.
Queen Letizia wore her hair down and opted for her trademark front braid twist which showed off her Chanel 'Comete' diamond star stud earrings. The 18k white gold studs have a star-within-a-star design with 6 diamonds each.
On her left chest was pinned the Commander dame's bow of the Order of Charles III.
Following the proclamation ceremony, the newly ascended King and Queen were driven through the wide streets of Madrid in an open-top car. Felipe stood throughout the city tour and waved to well-wishers who shouted "Long live the king" and proudly brandished Spanish flags as he drove by.
The royal motorcade made its way to the Royal Palace where the monarchs stepped out onto the front balcony to greet the citizens of Spain. The were joined by their two daughters, Princess Leonor, eight, and seven-year-old Princess Sofía. The outgoing king and his wife, Queen Sofia were also present.
Later, their was a modest reception for 2,000 guests from all walks of Spaniard society including foreign ambassadors.
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