The Queen of Spain kick-started her working week by attending the annual Velázquez Visual Arts Prize held at Prado Museum in Madrid. The prize was established in 2002 and gives institutional recognition to a creator whose work stands out and holds special significance in the field of plastic arts. The winner's commendable work is thus rewarded with a prize which aims to highlight his or her outstanding contribution to Spanish and Latin American culture through all of their work.
This year, Queen Letizia presented the award to artist Jaume Plensa for "the coherence of a career in which he has thoroughly reinvented the plastic language of sculpture, integrating poetry and conceptualization in designs of great aesthetic intensity."
For today's event, Doña Letizia made a surprising wardrobe choice, deviating from her usual designers and opting for a charcoal separates outfit from French designer Nina Ricci. The set is crafted in pure wool and is part of the fall-winter 2013 collection.
The scuba style jacket features a collarless neckline with snap button front and folded seams at the shoulders. It is finished with a peplum hem. It retails for £1,375.
On her feet were her charcoal suede Magrit platform pumps.
Her Majesty added some interest to her dark wool ensemble with a beige Malababa 'Minihontas' bag featuring a large genuine agate centerpiece (€280). The handbag is crafted from lambskin leather and has a relaxed puckered structure.
Letizia finished the look with her bespoke TOUS three tier drop earrings feature ruby, emerald and moonstone, set in 18kt yellow gold.
On Wednesday, the King & Queen of Spain will continue their royal tour across the European Union, visiting Rome where they will meet with the President of Italy.
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