The King and Queen of Spain attended the inauguration of the new building of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Museum of Contemporary Art) of the Fundación Helga de Alvear (Helga de Alvear Foundation), in Cáceres.
The centre will be a benchmark for contemporary art that will house 3,000 pieces, the construction is also the Spanish candidate in the 'Mies Van de Rohe 2021' European Architecture Awards. The Helga de Alvear Foundation is an NPO, autonomous and independently managed cultural entity, created in 2006. Its purpose is to fulfil Helga de Alvear's desire to share her collection with society and to the interest of several public institutions from Extremadura to provide Cáceres with a centre for research, dissemination and education in the field of contemporary visual creation.
Upon arrival, the King and Queen revealed the commemorative plaque and received explanations by Emilio Tuñón, the architect, and José María Viñuela, patron of the Helga de Alvear Foundation and curator of the collection. They toured the new building, signed the Museum's Book of Honor and held a brief meeting with the attendees.
Queen Letizia stepped out in her Felipe Varela tweed dress which first made an appearance in October of 2017 (shown below).
Today she contrasted the white and metallic woven dress with black accessories, opting for a black skinny belt and her Manolo Blahnik BB snakeskin embossed pumps with a custom rubber platform sole.
Letizia coordinated the reptilian inspired pumps with her Nina Ricci 'Marche' handbag featuring a snakeskin embossed flap front.
She finished the look with her beloved gold bamboo design huggie hoop earrings.
The Queen of Spain attended a meeting of the Strategic Council of the Women and Engineering Project on Tuesday.
The Council is an advisory body to the Women and Engineering project of the Royal Academy of Engineering, an inclusive project that is committed to diversity and the promotion of women in technical fields.
For arrival at the Headquarters of the Royal Academy of Engineering in Madrid, Queen Letizia wore her light sand Felipe Varela wool belted wrap coat draped over her glen check Hugo Boss double-breasted pant suit.
We first saw this pairing at the Spanish Red Cross conference in January of 2020.
Here's a better look at the suit from the front and back.
Today, Her Majesty opted for her taupe ribbed neck sweater which was first seen during a video conference call in April of 2020.
The piece was unidentified, but I found a match on eBay! It appears to be the Hugo Boss pure cashmere sweater.
Queen Letizia completed the ensemble with her black Hugo Boss 'Hazelle' leather boots.
The King & Queen of Spain undertook their first public engagement of 2021.
Their Majesties presided over the traditional celebration of the Pascua Militar, which is deeply rooted in the Spanish military and dates back to 1782 during the reign of Carlos III. The ceremony is held annually on the day of Epiphany at the Royal Palace of Madrid.
After the ordinance honours, the National Anthem, and a salute of 21 cannon shots, King Felipe VI reviewed the troops.
Their Majesties then moved to the Throne Room where they greeted the President of the Government, the Minister of Defense, the three Armies, the Royal and Military Orders of San Fernando and San Hermenegildo, the Civil Guard and the Brotherhood of Veterans.
Once the greetings had concluded the King awarded decorations to different members of the commissions and gave a speech. Due to the pandemic attendees were reduced and the event flowed faster than previous years.
As tradition dedicates, Queen Letizia wore a long dress. It is customary for royal women to wear a full length gown to the Pascua Militar ceremony. Below is a look back at Letizia's previous ensembles since becoming Queen consort:
Today she opted for a black straight long skirt, offset with a white voluminous Maksu 'Fontana' silk blouse (€154) featuring an asymmetric placket with contrasting decorative buttons.
Her Majesty rugged up with her black Carolina Herrera fur collar cape when she arrived at the palace for the parade.
Letizia teamed the look with bespoke accessories in patent leather. She carried her pewter Felipe Varela envelope clutch, and on her feet were the Magrit 'Laura' pumps.
She finished the look with her black star-burst drop earrings with diamond hoops.
Later that afternoon, the Spanish royal family were pictured leaving Zarzuela Palace en route to the home of Letizia's father for private celebrations marking the Feast of the Epiphany.
The Queen of Spain inaugurated the opening of the exhibition 'Raphael en Palacio. Tapestries for Felipe II' on Thursday afternoon.
The temporary exhibition is the National Heritage homage to Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (1483-1520) an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance, known as Raphael, on the V centenary of his death.
The exhibition takes place in the Gallery of the Royal Palace of Madrid, a space in keeping with the architectural structure of the tapestry 'Los Hechos de los Apóstoles' by Rafael. The series dates back to the commission that Raphael received in 1514 by Pope Leo X (1475-1521) to make full-scale cartoons for 10 tapestries that, during the most solemn ceremonies, would dress the lower part of the Sistine Chapel.
The technical mastery of the Brussels upholsterers, in Pieter van Aelst's workshop, transferred Raphael's cartoons to tapestries, between 1516 and 1521. Her Majesty received a guided tour of nine tapestries which are usually housed in the Vatican Museums, from the curator of the exhibition, Concha Herrero.
WHAT QUEEN LETIZIA WORE
COAT: Carolina Herrera black mabe pearl button wool coat (repeat). First worn in December of 2019.
DRESS: Grey shawl collar dress (repeat). First worn in December of 2018 (shown below).
HANDBAG: Felipe Varela pewter trapeze leather clutch (repeat).
SHOES: Magrit pewter leather pumps (repeat).
Queen Letizia repeats flecked Felipe Varela skirt suit for official opening of Toledo University Hospital
The King and Queen of Spain attended the inauguration ceremony of the Hospital Universitario de Toledo (Toledo University Hospital), built in the Santa María de Benquerencia neighbourhood of Toledo.
The new Hospital will be a centre in which new technologies and new medical specialities will be integrated to adapt to the continuous and innovative changes that occur in clinical practice. The construction of the University Hospital of Toledo will have seven buildings which will connect all hospital services. The Hospital will respond to the needs of patients in the Toledo area and a healthcare reference in Castilla-La Mancha.
After the initial greetings, Their Majesties saw an institutional video and unveiled the commemorative plaque, followed by a tour of the hospital facilities. The event concluded with King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia holding a meeting with a representation of officials of the Public Service of Castilla-La Mancha and health personnel.
Queen Letizia choose to repeat her flecked Felipe Varela belted wool jacket with embroidered box-pleat skirt.
This is the sixth occasion Letizia has worn the 1950's-inspired set which she debuted at the 2017 National Day ceremony.
Letizia complemented the ensemble with her navy Magrit 'Liza' suede pumps and Carolina Herrera 'Baret' navy fold-over clutch bag.
The Queen of Spain presided over the VI edition of the National Awards of the Fashion Industry, at the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism in Madrid.
The National Fashion Awards, is promoted by the Ministry of Industry, which recognises the work of people, institutions, organisations, companies and industries that have achieved business excellence in this sector.
The event began with a round table titled 'The health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic: a point of reflection for the sector'. In her speech, Minister María Reyes Maroto Illera, highlighted the exemplary work of the sector during the pandemic, stating that it had saved many lives by transforming clothing workshops into mask manufacturing workshops and protective garments for health personnel, as well as the manufacture of sanitizer gel.
Her Majesty then presented this year's awards to; Bimba & Lola, Custo Dalmau, Pisamona, Hilaturas Ferré, Mila and Pedro García, The Extreme Collection, Mixer & Pack and the Villanueva University.
WHAT QUEEN LETIZIA WORE
COAT: Carolina Herrera A-line belted coat (repeat).
TOP: NEW! Felipe Varela black tie blouse with metal buttons and sheer long sleeves.
SKIRT: Massimo Dutti golden pleated skirt (repeat).
HANDBAG: Carolina Herrera 'Astrud' clutch bag (repeat).
SHOES: Manolo Blahnik black snake embossed pumps with a custom rubber platform sole (repeat).
EARRINGS: Gold and Roses Balance Combo Earrings (repeat).
Below is a look back at Letizia's past outfit for this awards ceremony which launched in 2014. She did not attend the 2nd edition of the awards ceremony because her grandfather passed away the night before the event, however she did receive the winners at the Palace of La Zarzuela in April of 2016.
Their Majesties accompanied by Royal Highnesses, Leonor, Princess of Asturias and Infanta Sofía, presided over the Fiesta Nacional (National Day) celebration at Palacio Real, Madrid.
As a result of COVID-19, the celebration was held in a reduced format. The event consisted of the raising of the flag, a tribute to those who have given their lives for Spain, awarding of decorations and a small parade.
National Day is held annually on October 12th, it commemorates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's first arrival in the Americas in 1492. It is widely celebrated throughout the Americas, it is known as Columbus Day in the United States and as Día de la Raza in various Hispanic American countries.
WHAT QUEEN LETIZIA WORE
COAT AND DRESS: Felipe Varela 'Andrea' coat and velvet dress (repeat).
HANDBAG: Felipe Varela red suede flap clutch bag (repeat).
SHOES: LODI 'Sara' ombre patent pumps (repeat).
EARRINGS: Aldao Joyeros ruby cabochon and diamond dangle earrings (repeat).
The King and Queen of Spain hosted the annual new year reception for the Cuerpo Diplomático (Diplomatic Corps) accredited in Spain at the Royal Palace of Madrid.
Their Majesties greeted foreign diplomats and ambassadors as they arrived for the reception.
In the Throne Room, the speech of the Apostolic Nunciature to Spain was given, and King Felipe VI delivered his address.
There were no sartorial surprises from Queen Letizia today. She looked majestic in her midnight blue Felipe Varela velvet gown first worn for the 2018 Pascua Militar (shown below).
She again accessorised the floor-length dress with her Bvlgari aquamarine teardrop earrings.
It appears Queen Letizia wore her black patent platform pumps by Magrit.
Queen Letizia travelled to La Alhambra, Granada, where she opened the exhibition 'La Granada Zirí y el universo Bereber' (Zirid Granada and the Berber Universe).
The exhibition was coordinated by the Patronage of the Alhambra and Generalife and the Andalusian Legacy, working with the Doctor Leila Mezian Foundation. It is exhibited in the Chapel and Crypt of the Palace of Carlos V, within the Monumental Complex of the Alhambra and the Generalife, and runs until 21st April 2020. The exhibition highlights Berber culture and its influence on the Iberian Peninsular.
Her Majesty toured the collection of artefacts.
Before departing Queen Letizia met with students and greeted the public who had waited to see her.
WHAT QUEEN LETIZIA WORE
SKIRT SUIT: Grey-blue Felipe Varela belted wool jacket with embroidered box-pleat skirt (repeat).
HANDBAG: Magrit 'Liz' navy suede clutch (repeat).
SHOES: Magrit 'Liza' navy suede pumps (repeat).
EARRINGS: Bvlgari diamond and aquamarine white gold hoop earrings (repeat).
Queen Letizia keeps with tradition and premiers a new design by Felipe Varela for the Princess of Asturias Awards
The King and Queen of Spain accompanied by their daughters Leonor, Princess of Asturias and Infanta Sofia, presided over the 2019 Princess of Asturias Awards held at the Campoamor Theater in Oviedo.
Upon arrival they followed the tradition of walking the blue carpet with Queen Sofia who was seated in the royal box while they took to the head table to deliver the awards.
The annual prizes are awarded by the Princess of Asturias foundation to people or organisations from around the globe who make notable achievements in science, humanities and public affairs. It is thought to be one of the most prestigious cultural events on the international agenda.
Leonor, Princess of Asturias heir to the Spanish throne made her debut. She addressed the theater in her first five minute speech at the awards ceremony which bears her title.
Her family were immensely proud.
This event is one of the most anticipated on the Spanish royal calendar and we are always excited to see what Queen Letizia will premier at this annual gala.
Tonight she opted for understated glamour and debuted a burgundy red Felipe Varela midi dress.
The short sleeve chiffon dress features a high v-neckline and finely pleated waist with sequin trim.
Letizia teamed it with her metallic Felipe Varela clutch and burgundy LODI suede ankle strap pumps.
The highlight of the outfit were a new pair of dazzling ruby and diamond drop earrings. Each earring features two different sized oval ruby cabochons surrounded by a double row of diamonds. Their provenance is unknown.
Below is the full coverage of the ceremony:
Letizia has only ever trusted the Spanish couturier to outfit her for this special occasion since her first attendance in 2004. Letizia was absent in 2005 due to the impending birth of Princess Leonor. Do you have a favourite look?