She premiered the same design in blue for the portrait below.
Casa Real released a series of ten new official portraits of the Spanish royal family on Monday.
In the photos dubbed "The Gala King and Queen" His Majesty King Felipe VI wore the uniform of the Capitán General del Ejército de Tierra.
Queen Letizia wore her fuchsia pink Carolina Herrera floral embroidered gown decorated with the blue and white sash of the Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Charles III. The gown was first seen at the gala dinner celebrating the enthronement of Japanese Emperor Naruhito last October.
Her Majesty donned the Fleur de Lys tiara, a diadem exclusively reserved for Spanish queens. It is the most prominent tiara that the Spanish royal family possesses and it is affectionately named the "La Buena," or "The Good One" by the royal family.
Letizia complemented the tiara with the joyas de pasar diamond earrings and bracelets.
On her sash was pinned the fleur de lys diamond brooch which originates from the centrepiece of her "Princess" tiara.
In the only family portrait of the series, Queen Letizia wore her red Carolina Herrera piped sheath dress which she debuted on a visit to Covadonga in September 2018.
She premiered the same design in blue for the portrait below.
The photographs were taken by Estela de Castro at the Royal Palace of Madrid and the Palace of Zarzuela. The use of natural light is the main element that characterizes Ms. Castro's professional work in her photographic portraits.
The new portraits will be officially distributed through the National Heritage website (www.patrimonionacional.es).
11/2/2020 05:58:04 pm
Such beautiful photos of a truly wonderful and good looking family. The hot pink gown worn with tiara, diamond earrings, bracelets and brooches is over the top, but every little girl's image of a true princess. I am glad Letizia was able to wear a sash in blue and white, which blended much better with the hot pink than the yellow and red sash in Japan. The embroidered dress is truly spectacular and it was a CH extravaganza with the classic looking red and blue sheath dresses.
11/2/2020 11:00:58 pm
Laura, these sashes (Orders) are the Spanish ones, the Order of Carlos III. However when you visit other country it is mandatory to wear their Orders. For example , in the Netherlands it would be "orange" as they are the Orange dinasty. A bit ticky for fashion...😉
12/2/2020 01:15:07 am
Thanks for sharing the sash protocol with us.
12/2/2020 02:21:47 am
Lynn, you're welcome. If you are interested, there you go, it is hard protocol:
12/2/2020 04:05:28 pm
Yes Wendy, I do understand that different sashes are worn for different reasons and the country being visited must be honoured. I was just saying that the Spanish orders harmonized with this dress much better. I certainly agree with you, that they make fashion tricky. If I were a royal, I would hesitate to spoil a beautiful dress by cluttering it up with sashes. Then again, protocol and diplomacy have to be more important than fashion.
12/2/2020 09:32:37 pm
Ok Laura, great!! Sometimes I do not know who knows what here. I only try to help, sorry if I bothered you.
13/2/2020 03:45:54 am
Wendy, you didn't bother me in any way. It is better to have too much information, than not enough. Your contributions are good ones.
11/2/2020 09:27:43 pm
Queen Letizia looks magnificent in this boldly coloured gown. She looks truly regal with her tiara, bracelets and sash with brooches. She and King Felipe make a very handsome couple. It is a treat to see the family pictures taken for these official family portraits. They can be very proud of their daughters. I love this dress on the Queen and I am so pleased we have only had to wait 5 months to see it worn again. Take a bow Queen Letizia - this is a beautifully curated look.
11/2/2020 11:33:23 pm
This family can't be more perfect than they are right now. They are all gorgeous! Estela de Castro did a great job with these photos. The pictures are magnificent and I agree with Laura that the white/blue sash looks much better on the hot pink gown than the yellow in Japan. I'm happy to see the CH piped dress in blue. It looks wonderful on Letizia and hopefully she will wear it again at one of her official functions.
12/2/2020 02:55:36 am
Casareal let us waiting 15 years for an official pictures of Letizia in Gala look.and 5 years for an official picture as King and Queen. But i will tell the truth, I dont love the gala pictures.They are ok thats it-- The background looks to dark, The gown isnt her best, her make up is to much and the dark hairs still dont suit her. I give my best to love it because im sure these are the official pictures for next 20 years..
12/2/2020 03:42:24 am
Wow, what wonderful photos! I love these CH sheath dresses and I hope to see them more in the future. QL's makeup and styling for these portraits is excellent. I like to see her in these more classic tones:)
12/2/2020 06:32:13 am
These are wonderful portraits, clearly, they have an asset in Estela de Castro, the one of the two girls together is superb. I love the formal ones with Letizia in her bold pink Herrera gown, clearly one occasion where colour and couture can be indulged to good effect. It looks superb in this palace setting, the formal line of the gorgeous bodice embroidery underlines the stiff décor while the same feature on the skirt demonstrates a queenly touch of opulence in its careless flourish of an uneven cascade.
12/2/2020 11:40:47 am
Well, I love this gown. The overall silhouette, which is accentuated by the placement of the floral appliqué, is regal and formal but feminine and supple at the same time. The sleeve length and modest neckline to me are the height of elegance. The colour suits the queen's complexion and its boldness the gravitas of the portrait.
12/2/2020 01:45:01 pm
I’m here just to comment on how spectacular The King looks. Yes, I adore Queen Letizia, her pink gown is definitely not my favorite because I don’t like pink, but aside from all of that, King Felipe grounds the photos with that truly regal and effortless presence that commands respect. That is one of the most gorgeous men I’ve ever seen. What an elegant gentleman, breathtaking.
12/2/2020 05:52:42 pm
I have to agree with you Andrea, The King is very handsome and debonair.
13/2/2020 12:50:15 pm
Andrea and Ava, you've reminded me of a dream I once had. In it, the king and I were dancing and he declared his love to me. It was a very happy, albeit ludicrous, dream. This blog clearly infiltrated my subconscious as this is the only place where I see or read of him.
12/2/2020 03:35:08 pm
The photo of the Queen in her gorgeous Herrera gown, with accompanying jewels superbly blends in with her imperial and majestic setting. The complete package, right down to the fleur de lys diamond brooch, simply outstanding. She could not have worn anything less or downsized her choice of jewels. To me she befits the title she has, Queen and looks the part superbly, regal, graceful and elegant. His Majesty The King equally holds his own superbly, the photo of him with his sincere and warm look, captured by the camera, is mighty! The blue and red dresses worn by the Queen are beautiful and a perfect testament that less is more. A simple but beautifully designed dress, fitting perfectly, speaking volumes, all class. Photos of the princesses are natural and very becoming. A gorgeous family.
12/2/2020 10:05:06 pm
OMG! This is PERFECTION! This is ROYALTY! These portraits are so beautifully done and Estela de Castro has done an incredible job capturing these images! 10/10
The Queen has never been known to be a shrinking violet so the choice of this bold pink is in keeping with her style. The dark background tends to make the color seem more saturated than it really is. She looks resplendent in all her finery. The king in uniform is always majestic.
12/2/2020 11:09:40 pm
Zoe, with all my respect, I do not agree, Letizia is a very shy person, however she manages to overcome that. And some people mix it up with other things. And just the contrary, she always has avoided the "royal" things ans she never meet with other royals of Europe only with her best old friends who are journalist most of them. In Spain even curtsies are not allowed, nobody curtsys her, she abolished them. (Thing that Don Juan Carlos hated too, he never atended weddings and things like that)
@Wendy. I see her style as bold in a creative/artistic way. No one who is that shy pulls off that glorious Matilde Cano in Japan (the others opted for oatmeal colored capes) or that striking navy off the shoulder confection at the guild hall in London. She can turn up the volume when she wants to.
13/2/2020 10:15:20 pm
I completely agree with you Wendy and yes, as quite a shy person myself I can clearly see when she is comfortable, when she is not and she is clearly NOT 100% comfortable with royal stuff. I've always had a feeling that she must really, really love Felipe and that's why she accepted to join this family, and I often wonder how much she misses her old life and work.
13/2/2020 11:39:22 pm
@ Maya..that's right. She also comes from a republican (antimonarchist) family. That is what the conservative ones do not forgive her. In fact most people is republican, there were 2 republics here and the King was exiled, only because Juan Carlos brought back the demicracy, they are there, they might be replaced by a President tomorrow....this is a tricky country.
14/2/2020 12:04:39 am
Everybody knows in Spain that she has stopped the curtsies, (not Felipe) she does not like royalty and that she has a very stong personality but she is shy and serious. Sometimes she comes across as bold, when it is a pose. All of this it is old news and that is her weak point to be criticized.
14/2/2020 02:05:05 am
@Simone It's interesting, you say that's her weak point and I think that's the best thing about her.
14/2/2020 08:18:53 pm
@ Maya and most people here is very thrilled that the curtsies do not exist anymore.
14/2/2020 11:27:38 pm
@Simone Thank you so much for the explanation Simone, I always enjoy your posts, you are very knowledgable. And I always agree with your points. :)
13/2/2020 11:18:52 pm
Zoe, with all my respect...In Spain she is even criticized because she does not like the "royal" things and she does not get together with Maxima, Mary, Victoria, etc...It is not an "assumed"thing, if not a very known thing that she has pointed out many times in public, she asumes her role as a "job" , not as a "royal"
13/2/2020 11:27:34 pm
There you go the "flamenco" dresses, she has never worn one, obviously every province of Spain has a different outfit. In the Centre and North of Spain, where the kings have always lived the austerity is the norm....not in the South..those are the places people go on vacations ....Matilde Cano is from Córdoba (Andalucia). They wanted the should represent it. She is not so free to choose, the govermment set the rules for international events.
13/2/2020 03:18:44 am
It's interesting to me, Letizia always looks absolutely the best in business-like outfits. The pictures in a blue dress are amazing, she is more than beautiful. And I think they clearly show her true style. With all her ball gowns (with the exception of simpler ones) to me, she looks like she wears a costume completed with that enormous tiara. She is a stunning woman, she can obviously wear whatever she wants/needs to, but to me, it's always obvious when she wears something that is her personal style and something she has to wear because of her position.
13/2/2020 05:17:20 am
WOW!!! Superb and regal come to mind!!
Elizabeth, with all due respect, this is my last post on the topic. Some posts read exactly like the image cultivated by the gossip magazines over the years with the words from several people in different interviews put together. Republican, anti royal, strong character, the crown is too big (double entendre), the weak point, she looks best in ordinary clothes...perhaps being plebian, and ambitious. Some one who has journalism as a profession and dreamed of having her own show cannot be shy. Media is a very competitive business. Both parents have Leonor's legacy to protect so it is unfair to say she dislikes royal things. What they probably try to do is to stay away from lavish lifestyle events to avoid criticism. It was Q Mathilde who said that they (royals) see each other much more often behind the scenes than we know. The Matilde Cano was mentioned because it was vibrant, something that would be remembered. Nothing to do with a dissertation on Andalusia...At least she has been allowed intelligence. Based on what we see from the girls so far they are poised and intelligent as well. she seems to be a good mother. Sadly, nothing remains of that beautiful hopeful girl full of excitement, who joked with the press and her fiance .
14/2/2020 08:07:52 pm
I do not know why "shy" is considered for you a bad thing. In fact in Spain it is considered and perceived as a good charateristic.
14/2/2020 08:27:19 pm
Zoe, I'm sorry, but in Spain we have lits of information because we come across with them in restaurants and in the strees. I have been talking with Letizia, I come across her at the cinema, they go to the movies very often the one I attend. Our monarchy is not in the palace, and of course Letizia does not meet with the royals in Europe, only for formal events and she does not need it. Everyone in Spain has a different meaning of the monarchy, this is not UK where all is so written, as I said we only have a referent, Queen Sofia.
14/2/2020 08:08:04 am
Estela de Castro has wonderfully captured the Spanish Royal Family. The carefully selected photographs are elegantly modern and traditionally royal.
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