King Felipe and Queen Letizia touched down in Paris this morning for a scheduled three-day state visit to France. What should have been a celebratory visit soon turned somber as details began to emerge of a tragic German passenger plane crash in the French Alps.
On arrival at the Les Invalides in the French capital, their Majesties were received by the Prime Minister of France, Manuel Valls. He briefed the royal couple on the situation following the crash of the Germanwings plane bound for Düsseldorf from Barcelona.
An official reception was held in the courtyard of the Les Invalides where the respective national anthems were played. Don Felipe and Prime Minister Valls reviewed the troops and witnessed a brief military parade.
Following the reception, King Felipe and Queen Letizia were welcomed by the French President, François Hollande in the Elysee Palace.
After a discussion with President Hollande, it was decided they would cancel the visit as a mark of respect to the victims of the Germanwings air crash.
In a joint appearance out the front of the Elysee Palace, the King and the French President announced the decision. In his speech, Don Felipe sent his condolences to the families of the deceased, many who were Spanish.
Before heading back home to Spain, their Majesties were invited to attend a cabinet crisis meeting held at the Ministry of the Interior. They were briefed with the latest news from the crash site.
It may seem unreasonable to comment on what Her Majesty wore, but because this blog is dedicated to cataloging Letizia's sartorial choices, I believe it is appropriate to make a brief mention of her outfit in this context.
Queen Letizia debuted a Felipe Varela patterned tweed dress and blue wool crepe blazer.
The sheath dress is from the Pre-Fall 2015/16 range:
She accessorized with her Felipe Varela blue leather clutch with Swarovski crystals and Magrit beige patent pumps.
She finished the outfit with her Bvlgari diamond and aquamarine white gold hoop earrings.