A double debut! Queen Letizia finally dons the Cartier Tiara and premieres Spanish designer Ana Locking
On Monday evening King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia held a gala dinner at the Royal Palace of Madrid for the President of Portugal who is on a State visit to Spain. This followed on from the official welcome and luncheon held earlier in the day.
The State banquet was also attended by representatives of government, business leaders, cultural ambassadors and the media from both countries.
Her Majesty premiered a beautiful blue gown by Ana Locking. This was Letizia's first time to wear a peice by the Spanish label which is a Madrid based womenswear, menswear and accessories brand founded in 2008 by fashion designer Ana González.
The slim gown has a round neckline with cutouts under and around the arms. It features pearls of varying sizes which adorn it from top to bottom, and it is finished with a thigh-high slit. The piece is from the designer's Spring/Summer 17 "The Thinker" collection.
In another first, we finally saw Queen Letizia don the Cartier Pearl and Diamond Tiara!
It was designed by the French jewellery house in 1920 for Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain (Ena). The platinum diadem is composed of swirls of diamonds surrounding eight large pearls, and is said to have been inspired by Egyptian motifs which were popular at the time.
The tiara did originally have an additional pearl at the top as seen on Queen Ena in the portrait on the left. The pearls can be switched out for other stones and Ena occasionally replaced them with emeralds as shown in the portrait on the right.
Following the exile of Spanish royal family in the 1930's the tiara reappeared in the 90's on the head of Queen Sofia.
Her daughter Infanta Cristina also wore it in 2010 for the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria.
Tonight Queen Letizia coupled the royal headpiece with the joyas de pasar diamond earrings, also from Queen Ena's collection. Complementing her stately ensemble was the Order of Christ (Portugal) sash.
On her feet were her navy Nina Ricci suede pumps.
What did you think of the double debut tonight?