King Felipe & Queen Letizia join European royals to celebrate 75th birthday of Denmark's Queen Margrethe
Royals and dignitaries from across Europe converged at the Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen on Wednesday evening to celebrate the 75th birthday of Denmark's Queen Margrethe.
The King and Queen of Spain were part of a prestigious guest list at the gala event in the Danish capital.
Queen Margrethe's son and heir, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and his glamorous wife Princess Mary were of course in attendance at the royal birthday dinner.
Prince Federick was also joined by his younger brother Prince Joachim and wife, Princess Marie.
Other notable guests included King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands and his wife Queen Maxima:
King Philippe of Belgium and Queen Mathilde of Belgium:
King Carl Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Silvia of Sweden:
The crowned heads of Europe sat together at the banquet.
Whilst most of the female guests wore solid-coloured gowns, Queen Letizia opted for something a little more contrasting, choosing a sleeveless, white tulle dress featuring embroidered black flowers. The monochrome gown is a bespoke creation from her designer of choice, Felipe Varela.
Letizia added a touch of Spanish flamenco styling with a tonal black Manila shawl, and kept her accessories in the same tone, carrying a black clutch and wearing Magrit black peep-toe heels.
The shawl wrap is not new and the earliest photo I could find of it dates back to October 2004, when Letizia attended a gala dinner in New York:
Now let's take a look at Queen Letizia's jewellery.
Her Majesty debuted the Ansorena Fleur de Lys tiara, also dubbed the "Princess" Tiara. The piece features 450 diamonds, ten Australian pearls, and 3000 gemstones. Although this is not a new piece, it is the first occasion Letizia has donned this sparkly headpiece.
The central fleur-de-lis element of the piece is detachable and can be worn as a brooch, and Letizia has only ever worn that piece of the larger tiara, usually as a brooch to secure the sash of one of her orders.
In 2009 it was reported that the then Prince Felipe commissioned Ansorena to design a tiara for a fifth wedding anniversary present for his wife. Ansorena created a piece that is a junior version of the hefty Fleur de Lis tiara which they made over 100 years ago and is reserved for the Queens of Spain.
There was another surprising piece of jewelry worn by Letizia tonight. We saw the return of her Bvlgari Parenthesis ring, made of 18 carat white gold and pavé diamonds. It was reportedly a gift from the Italian jeweler to mark the birth of Felipe and Letizia's second child, Infanta Sofía. This is the first occasion Letizia has worn a ring since she became Queen in June last year.
Queen Letizia also wore her Cartier art deco white gold and diamond bracelet. She pinned her sash with a beautiful diamond brooch and complimented her tiara by wearing the Australian diamond and pearl drop earrings.
There's no denying that everybody looked glamorous tonight and wore their finest to toast the sovereign of the Danes!
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