The Queen of Spain held a video conference from her office at the Palace of Zarzuela.
Queen Letizia spoke to members of the State Network of Women's Mental Health who informed Her Majesty of the effects the pandemic is having on women with mental health problems.
Isolation and confinement can affect everyone's mental health but for those who have pre-existing problems, it can be exacerbated further. Women with mental health problems are more vulnerable if they suffer from domestic violence which is aggravated by confinement. A Network has been organised to promote self-care and mutual aid, the Network communicates via WhatsApp, it is a space of support and respect where women can express fears and find hope. They have also produced two guides; recommendations for people with mental health problems during quarantine and guidelines for security forces and bodies to avoid situations of discrimination and violation of rights.
On a light-hearted note; today marked the 80th birthday of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. European Royal Houses congratulated Queen Margrethe on her milestone birthday. The video shows greetings from Spain, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxemburg. Queen Margrethe's 80th birthday celebrations were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The King and Queen of Spain continued to hold video conferences from their home within the Palace of Zarzuela amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Queen Letizia held a video conference with the State Confederation of Deaf People (CNSE). In Spain, there are 1,064,600 people who are deaf or hard of hearing and over 70% of those are 65 years of age or older. The CNSE informed Her Majesty that the main obstacle faced by deaf people during the pandemic is access to information and communication. The associative network CNSE demands compliance and the appropriate implementation of legislation on the rights of deaf people. In addition, they request that it be mandatory for helplines, internet pages or any other service provided by the public sector conveying information or facilitating communication related to the pandemic, to be fully accessible to this group.
Later Their Majesties held a video conference with the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and the CEO of the Teatro Real Madrid, along with the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Gran Teatre Barcelona and the General Director of the Cultural Institution. The managers explained that the culture industry has been greatly affected due to the pandemic. Teatro Real Madrid has developed the 'My Opera Player' platform which allows access to productions from Teatro Real Madrid and Gran Teatre Barcelona. Teatro Real Madrid has also made donations to the Hospital Clínico San Carlos, the Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre and the Hospital IFEMA de Emergencia for occupational risk prevention material.
Queen Letizia wore her Hugo Boss 'Jalorra' Glen Check Double Breasted Wool Jacket and taupe cashmere sweater, also by the German brand.
The King & Queen of Spain held video conferences with diabetes organisations, Ithaca Educational Association, and FIAB
The King and Queen of Spain held a number of video conferences from their home within the Palace of Zarzuela.
Her Majesty held a video conference with the heads of Asociación Diabetes Madrid (Madrid Diabetes Association) and the Fundación para la Diabetes Novo Nordisk (Novo Nordisk Diabetes Foundation).
People with diabetes may suffer greater complications from COVID-19, making them a risk population during the epidemic. The two organisations are caring for people with diabetes through electronic messages, phone and by opening an Expert Channel in which specialists answer questions, and carrying out an information campaign on social networks. They also highlighted the importance of providing resources for professionals, volunteers, families, and people with type 1 and 2 diabetes with online seminars, guides, and publications.
Queen Letizia wore her dark navy Hugo Boss 'Kocani' pinstripe blazer. The style is also available in a houndstooth pattern and is currently on sale for $249 at Nordstrom Rack.
Their Majesties later held a video conference with the Board of Directors of the Asociación Educativa Ítaca (Ithaca Educational Association) who fight against child poverty and social exclusion in the north of L'Hospitalet. Since the pandemic the Association has worked as a social life guide to the highly vulnerable area, serving weekly more than 1,500 people, providing food, hygiene products, and psychological support. They are also addressing the digital divide and will begin distributing internet-ready computers and tablets to families who need them, enabling monitoring and coordination in school reinforcement actions. In addition, illiterate families will be provided with individualised classes.
King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia held a video conference with officials from the Federación Española de Industrias de Alimentación FIAB (Spanish Federation of Food and Beverage Industries). FIAB informed Their Majesties that the food industry which consists of nearly half a million workers and over 30,000 companies have worked effectively to guarantee supplies. The increase in demand in the early stages of the pandemic was a result of the uncertainty caused by the crisis. FIAB has made a commitment to the most vulnerable during the crisis, many companies are making donations of materials and products both in health centers and to disadvantaged families while distributing masks and manufacturing disinfecting gel.
The King and Queen of Spain continued video conferences at the Palace of Zarzuela.
Her Majesty first held a conference call with representatives from Save the Children (STC). They explained the situation of vulnerable children in Spain, whose parents often work but their income doesn't allow them to move out of poverty, and single-parent families, whose situations have been aggravated by the pandemic. STC has launched 'A Tu Lado' (At your side) an emergency response program to support more than 2,000 families, it will give them access to essential food, psychological care and the possibility of continuing with their education.
Their Majesties then held a video call with the Sociedad Estatal Correos y Telégrafos (Post and Telegraph State Society) who are adapting to the development of the pandemic. This includes the protection of all Post Office workers, on average 25% of the workforce is currently working in person. The postal service has supported public administrations in delivering medical supplies and providing logistic services. Through volunteers from the companies staff, they are also helping distribute food to health workers in hospitals and medicines to groups at risk.
King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia held a video conference with the managers of RENFE Spain's national railway company. Their Majesties were informed of measures taken by RENFE since the beginning of the epidemic. It is anticipated that as of Monday 13th some non-essential activity will gradually be reactivated, although uncertainty regarding its progression remains high. Adapted medicalised trains have been made available to health authorities for the transport of approved patients.
Queen Letizia wore a grey pant suit with a snake grid patterned t-shirt.
At first glance I thought it was the Hugo Boss silk blouse first seen in July 2012, but this top has a different neckline.
It is the Hugo Boss snakeskin grid patterned tank top.
Over the Easter weekend, Their Majesties conversed with the following hospitals; Hospital del Mar de Barcelona, Hospital Clínico Universitario de Salamanca, Hospital General de Ciudad Real, Hospital Universitario de A Coruña and the Hospital "Álvaro Cunqueiro" de Vigo.
The King and Queen of Spain continued holding video conferences at the Palace of Zarzuela.
Her Majesty held a video conference with representatives from the Fundación Secretariado Gitano FSG (Gypsy Secretariat Foundation), which coincided with International Roma Day 2020.
Queen Letizia was informed of the problems Roma Women are experiencing, who are among the most vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 pandemic. 86% of the Roma population lives below the poverty line, with 46% in extreme poverty, the social stigma only increases their exclusion. Roma Women face the challenge of accessing information, making it difficult to participate in compliance and prevention. Most Roma Women do not have the educational level to support homeschooling and school canteens are no longer able to provide children with a full meal. Confinement is aggravating gender violence and accessing legal or psychological support is problematic. The FSG is providing emergency support, guaranteeing the delivery of basic essentials such as food, medicine, and hygiene products.
Their Majesties held a video conference with officials from the World Health Organization (WHO), to be informed of the latest actions being taken against the pandemic.
Queen Letizia wore her Hugo Boss 'Jalorra' Glen Check Double Breasted Wool Jacket which she debuted earlier this year at a Spanish Red Cross conference.
ID UPDATE (26 JAN 2021): The taupe knit top appears to be the Hugo Boss Pure Cashmere sweater which I found on eBay.
The King and Queen of Spain continued video conferences from their home at the Palace of Zarzuela.
Her Majesty held a video conference with the president of Plena inclusión España (Full Inclusion Spain). The objective of the meeting was to learn first-hand the current needs of the group during the COVID-19 pandemic. Full Inclusion Spain is an organisation that defends the interests of 140,000 people with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their families.
Their Majesties then held a video conference with the heads of the Federación Española de Bancos de Alimentos FESBAL (Spanish Federation of Food Banks). FESBAL is a non-profit association, through volunteers, food surpluses are recovered and redistributed through charities to the most vulnerable people. The heads informed the King and Queen that many people had lost their jobs in March due to the COVID-19 crisis, with more expected in April, pushing additional people into poverty, who will require the aid of food banks.
King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia later held a video conference with the president and head of the cabinet of the Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia APV (Valencia Port Authority). The port of Valencia is the leading Spanish port in the Mediterranean. The heads reported that all port services are working at 100% capacity, 24 hours a day to guarantee essential products for citizens during the COVID-19 crisis.
The King & Queen of Spain held video conferences with the Aldeas Infantiles SOS España, PHB, and the Spanish hotel sector
The King and Queen of Spain held multiple video conferences from their home within the Palace of Zarzuela.
Queen Letizia held a video conference with the directors of Aldeas Infantiles SOS España (SOS Children's Villages Spain) where she was informed of the effect the pandemic is having on vulnerable children and families. The organization has seen an increase in families needing help during this challenging time. In response to the crisis, SOS Children's Villages has created an emergency fund to support 8,500 children and families, helping them meet their most basic needs. In addition, it has created a service to take care of the mental health of its professionals who work on the front line.
Their Majesties held a video conference with Projecte Home Balears - an organization that cares for people affected by drug addiction.
King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia later held a video conference with the heads of the hotel sector in Spain who underlined the negative impact on the industry. The heads also expressed concern for the future, fearing Spanish regions may suffer the complete loss of the summer tourist season. Furthermore, momentum will take time to return when the crisis is over to revert back to normal growth rates, estimating that the majority of the sector will have to work at a loss while regaining public confidence.
Over the weekend Their Majesties conversed with hospitals in Seville, Malaga, Alicante, Murcia and Zaragoza. Along with the Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
I will no longer comment on Her Majesty's attire during this crisis unless I feel it is notable or the pieces are readily identifiable. Please feel free to respectfully discuss Queen Letizia's outfit or any relevant matter in the comment section below.
- Elizabeth xo
King & Queen of Spain hold a video conference with Clínico San Carlos to discuss the WHO Solidarity Trial
The King and Queen of Spain continued to work from home and hold video conferences and telephone calls.
Their Majesties held a joint video conference with the medical team and scientist at the Hospital Clínico San Carlos in Madrid. The Clínico San Carlos (San Carlos Clinic) is the first hospital in Spain and the second in the world to participate in the global 'Solidarity Trial' launched by the World Health Organization (WHO).
It aims to discover an effective treatment against COVID-19. The study will potentially include thousands of patients from many countries and will compare the safety and effectiveness of four different drugs or drug combinations against COVID-19. The trial will decrease the time needed to gather evidence regarding which drugs work. The information will be uploaded onto an electronic platform, where it will be analyzed by the WHO.
Earlier in the day, Queen Letizia spoke with the director of the Fundación Secretariado Gitano FSG (Gypsy Secretariat Foundation), Isidro Rodríguez, who conveyed concern for the 47,000 people living in vulnerable settlements and areas who face particular disadvantages during the COVID-19 crisis.
Queen Letizia wore a navy blazer and a turquoise v-neck top with a contrast trim.
It is the Hugo Boss 'Fysa' Blue Colorblock V-Neck Sweater (US$248) made from superfine merino wool. The tricolor sweater flaunts a colorblock design with a V-neckline, long sleeves, and rib-knit neck, cuffs and hem.