The Queen of Spain held two audiences on Friday, at Zarzuela Palace, Madrid.
Her Majesty's first audience of the day was with representatives of Associations that are involved with the victims of traffic accidents.
'World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims' takes place on the third Sunday in November annually to acknowledge people who have died or were seriously injured in traffic accidents and their families. It is also a day to recognise the dedication of those who contribute to improving the situation of the victims. It was started by the British road crash victim charity, RoadPeace, in 1993 and was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005.
Queen Letizia's second audience of the day was with a representation of the Association for the Prevention, Reintegration and Care of Prostituted Women (APRAMP). The APRAMP works, from the beginning, to prevent and eradicate sexual exploitation and human trafficking. It defends and promotes the rights of people who suffer sexual exploitation and trafficking so that they regain the freedom, dignity and autonomy necessary to lead a life outside the control and abuse of their exploiters. It develops programs aimed at guaranteeing access to their rights and meeting the needs of victims when they are not covered by public services, acting as a bridge between them and the administrations.
The King and Queen of Spain hosted a gala dinner on Tuesday eveing in honour of the President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, and his daughter Laura Mattarella, who are on a two day State Visit to Spain, at the Royal Palace of Madrid.
In the Throne Room, Their Majesties, President Sergio Mattarella, and Laura Mattarella received greetings from the attending Spanish and Italian authorities and guests.
A video of the arrivals:
Before dinner, King Felipe VI concluded his speech stating "I am sure that the future of an integrated Europe will depend on Italy and Spain fulfilling the commitments assumed in the framework of the Next Generation EU; in order to guarantee both a clear economic and social benefit for our citizens, as well as to make possible the continuity of the Europe we want.”
Her Majesty premiered an understated black floor length gown from the Italian fashion house of Giorgio Armani.
Featuring a subtle sweetheart neckline and thick shoulder straps, she offset the simplicity of the gown with some spectacular jewelry!
Queen Letizia brought out the Queen Maria Christina’s Loop Tiara which she first wore in 2018. The diadem is made of diamonds and pearls and set in platinum, and reportedly made by Cartier. This hefty tiara was a wedding present to Archduchess Maria Christina of Austria for her wedding to King Alfonso XII of Spain in 1879.
She teamed the diadem with a pair of small diamond stud earrings, and a diamond collet necklace and bracelet from Queen Victoria Eugenia's personal collection. Queen Letizia first wore this demi-parure for the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito in October 2019.
She wore her newly-acquired sash of the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.
Pinned to the sash was the 'joyas de pasar' pearl and diamond brooch which Queen Letizia first wore for the 2019 Pascua Militar.
The King and Queen of Spain received the President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, and his daughter Laura Mattarella, at the Royal Palace of Madrid.
President Sergio Mattarella makes a State Visit to Spain on 16th-17th November, in which he will attend, together with King Felipe VI and the President of Portugal, the XIV Cotec Europa meeting on the 17th.
The official reception included Military Honors with the interpretation of the national anthems and 21 cannon salute. His Majesty and the President of Italy reviewed the honours battalion of the Royal Guard, later, accompanied by Her Majesty and Laura Mattarella, they received greetings of the official delegations and the parade of the Royal Guard.
Afterwards, Their Majesties, Presidental Sergio Mattarella, and Laura Mattarella held a brief meeting at the Royal Palace of Madrid.
Later in the afternoon, the King and Queen offered a luncheon in honour of the President and Laura Mattarella, at the Palace of La Zarzuela.
WHAT QUEEN LETIZIA WORE
COAT: Hugo Boss 'Capina' swing cape in stone (repeat).
DRESS: Unidentified tweed sheath dress (repeat). First worn in January 2017.
HANDBAG: NEW! Furla Metropolis top handle bag in Sabbie Grey ($398).
SHOES: Magrit dove grey leather pumps with added platforms (repeat).
BELT: NEW! HUGO by Hugo Boss 'Tilda' belt in light beige leather ($98).
EARRINGS: Chanel 'Plume' earrings (repeat).
The King and Queen of Spain kicked off events marking the 75th anniversary of the creation of the Municipal Transport Company of Madrid (EMT Madrid), at the Centro de Operaciones de EMT Madrid in Carabanchel, Madrid.
During Their Majesties engagement, they took a short bus ride to the EMT Operations Center in Carabanchel where they visited the workshops, the Mechanical Section and the Electricity Section and, on the esplanade, they saw an exhibition of historic buses and conversed with those responsible for the Museum and the maintenance of historic buses.
The EMT Madrid is a public limited company, founded in 1947. It is charged with the planning of public urban transport in the city of Madrid. The organisation is wholly owned by the City Council of Madrid and is a member of the Consorcio Regional de Transportes de Madrid. Among the services provided by EMT Madrid are urban bus transportation as well as the BiciMAD bicycle-sharing system.
WHAT QUEEN LETIZIA WORE
COAT: Carolina Herrera A-line belted coat (repeat).
DRESS: Massimo Dutti V-Neck Dress with Belt (repeat).
HANDBAG: Nina Ricci 'Marche' handbag with a snakeskin-embossed flap front (repeat).
BOOTS: NEW! Mango 'Cindy' Over the Knee Boots in Black ($89).
EARRINGS: Gold & Roses 'Skyline' crawler earrings (repeat).
The King and Queen of Spain attended the premiere of the opera 'Parténope', in three acts by Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759), co-produced by the English National Opera, the San Francisco Opera and the Opera Australia, at Teatro Real, Madrid.
Partenope was first performed at the King's Theatre in London on 24th February 1730. Although following the structure and forms of opera seria, the work is humorous in character and light-textured in music, with a plot involving romantic complications and gender confusion.
After the performance, Their Majesties were greeted by the artistic director of the Teatro Real, Joan Matabosch, and met with directors and artists of the Parténope opera.
WHAT LETIZIA WORE
TOP: NEW! Hugo Boss 'Friedy' lustrous top in black (£139).
COAT: Carolina Herrera (faux?) fur collar cape (repeat)
HANDBAG: Tod's Marlene clutch in black satin (repeat).
SHOES: Magrit 'Amaris' pumps in black suede (repeat).
EARRINGS: Yanes diamond chandelier earrings (repeat).
The Queen of Spain presided over the BBVA Microfinance Foundation (FMBBVA) act 'Connected by the Digital Opportunity' whose objective is to show the importance of digitisation as a lever for the development of people in vulnerable situations, at the Auditorio La Vela, Ciudad BBVA, Madrid
In the opening speech, Her Majesty emphasised the need to connect all people since the digital divide "is a very fine line between being left out or not from access to many services, such as knowledge or education." In addition, she pointed out that ending this inequality is "an issue that has to do with human rights, as recognised by the United Nations."
During the panel 'The challenge of technological disruptors to include the excluded' Mats Granryd, GSMA CEO, stated “Despite the fact that 94% of the world's population lives in covered areas, 43% still do not access the internet. The challenge today is to close the digital usage gap, which is seven times larger than the coverage gap," he stressed that, "illiteracy and lack of digital skills, along with cost, remain the main barriers to accessing the internet."
WHAT QUEEN LETIZIA WORE
DRESS: NEW! Michonet Ethnic Gold Neck Dress (€278).
HANDBAG: Carolina Herrera Initials Insignia small shoulder bag in fuchsia (repeat).
BELT: Purple croc-effect belt (unidentified).
SHOES: Carolina Herrera fuchsia croc-embossed slingbacks (repeat).
EARRINGS: Gold hoop earrings (repeat).
The Queen of Spain began her final day in Paraguay at the Bañado Sur Family Attention Centre accompanied by First Lady, Silvana López.
The Centre is dedicated to the prevention, care, and dignity of victims of sexual violence and trafficking, located in one of the territories of the poverty belt of Asuncion. During the Queen's visit, she held a working meeting with representatives of the NGOs participating in the project and toured some of the facilities.
Subsequently, Her Majesty went to the 'Juan de Salazar' Cultural Centre of Spain (CCEJS). It is a benchmark for cultural activities in the centre of Asunción. After receiving explanations from the director of the Centre, the Queen saw a performance by 'Alas Abiertas', toured an exhibition of handicrafts made by indigenous people and visited the Centre's library and the 'Josefina y Julián' Museum. The visit concluded with a meeting with the participants of the Centre's workshops.
The Queen also had the opportunity to visit the Entrepreneur Training Centre whose objective is to reduce the barriers that people encounter through training, technical assistance with state-of-the-art tools, support and advice for youth-oriented formalisation. The Queen also toured the Textile and Clothing Centre, whose workshops and training rooms are located within the facilities of the Entrepreneur Training Centre.
The Cooperation trip ended with a working lunch hosted in honour of Her Majesty, by President Mario Abdo, and First Lady Silvana López, of Paraguay, at the Residential Palace.
Queen Letizia wore a crisp white cotton shirt with a concealed placket. It appears to be the same one she first wore inAugust 2018 when visiting King Juan Carlos in hospital. She teamed it with khaki trousers and a python print belt. I will update the post if the pieces are identified.
On her feet she wore her Panama Jack 'Phoebe' Boots.
The Queen of Spain is currently on a Cooperation trip to the Republic of Paraguay from the 2nd-4th November. During the visit, Her Majesty will learn about the work that the Spanish Cooperation develops in the areas of health, education, culture and women.
Queen Letizia began the second day with a working meeting at the Technical Cooperation Office (OTC) which covered a range of topics including; hunger, social welfare, quality of education, trafficking, drinking water and sanitation. The meeting was followed by a tour of the facilities.
Subsequently, the Queen travelled to Encarnación to visit the Comprehensive Health Care Centre for Women, where she received explanations of the Hispanic-Paraguayan cooperation in the prevention and treatment of cervical and breast cancer, with special attention to the most vulnerable groups (rural and indigenous population).
Afterwards, Her Majesty toured the Encarnación Workshop School, which aspires to improve the quality of life of vulnerable young people (aged 16 to 23) of Encarnación through comprehensive training, technical training and job placement in the tourism and construction sector.
In the afternoon, Her Majesty joined the First Lady of Paraguay in Trinidad to visit the Jesuit Missions of Trinidad del Paraná and Jesús de Tavarengue. They are part of a series of 30 Missions in the Río de la Plata basin established by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) during the 17th & 18th centuries. Both Missions have received support from the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) for the restoration and improvement of accessibility for people with disabilities. In 1993 the two Missions were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
For today's engagements, Queen Letizia wore slim olive jeans with her white Imiloa 'Orchid' Shirt and Panama Jack 'Phoebe' Boots.
In the evening, Her Majesty visited the Spanish embassy in Asunción to hold a meeting with the Spanish ambassador to the Republic of Paraguay and the Spanish cooperation.
She wore beige trousers with a Hugo Boss 'Biventi' Sand-Washed Silk Blouse in white ($248).
The Queen of Spain traveled to Paraguay on Tuesday for a Cooperation trip from the 2nd - 4th November. During the visit, Her Majesty will learn about the work that the Spanish Cooperation develops in the areas of health, education, culture and women.
Her Majesty arrived at the Silvio Pettirossi International Airport in Asunción, where she was received by the First Lady, Silvana López, among others. Afterwards, the Queen held a brief meeting with the President of Paraguay, Mario Abdo in the Presidential Hall of the airport.
This is Her Majesties sixth Cooperation trip, previous trips include; Honduras and El Salvador (2015), Senegal (2017), Dominican Republic and Haiti (2018), Mozambique (2019), and again Honduras (2020).
The Queen of Spain attended the 21st 'Ciudad de Tudela' Opera Prima Film Festival, at Moncayo Cinema, Tudela (Navarra).
The Ciudad de Tudela' Opera Prima Film Festival is the only Spanish competition specialising in the debut works of filmmakers, it aims to disseminate and appreciate, as well as reward, works that, in some cases, do not have the resources or means to make themselves known. The films presented go through a selection process from which only seven are chosen, which are eligible to be presented for the awards. These seven films are also screened during the days of the Festival.
Her Majesty presented the Tribute-Award for Don Fernando Fernán-Gómez (1921-2007) to his son, Fernando Fernán-Gómez; the Tribute-Award for Don Juan Antonio Bardem (1922-2002) to his daughter, María Bardem and the Tribute-Award for Don Luis García Berlanga (1921-2010) to his grandson, Jorge García Berlanga. To conclude the event, Her Majesty had a brief meeting with the families of the honorees, the organisers of the Festival and the members of the jury.
WHAT QUEEN LETIZIA WORE
DRESS: COS Draped-neck Ribbed Wool Dress (repeat). First worn in February 2020.
BELT: Burberry ruffle leather waist belt in black (repeat).
HANDBAG: Hugo Boss laser-cut clutch bag in black (repeat).
SHOES: Prada Saffiano leather pumps with added platforms (repeat).
EARRINGS: Coolook 'Venus' zirconia hoops (repeat).