The King and Queen of Spain continued video conferences today from their home at the Palace of Zarzuela.
Their Majesties held a video conference with senior officials of El Corte Inglés - the biggest department store group in Europe. The officials explained how better protection measures for customers and employees and the promotion of digital commerce for online sales are key to the future in adapting consumption after the pandemic.
King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia later held a video conference with representatives from the Taxi Sector which is made of 63,494 taxi license holders, of whom 98.3% are self-employed. During the pandemic there has been a drastic drop in mobility, taxies have largely been providing services to the elderly, doctors, nurses, and patients, often altruistically. FEDETAXI and ANTAXI estimate that it will take a long time for activity to return to relative normality. A decrease in traffic is expected in areas of demand such as airports, hotels, etc due to the collapse of national and international tourism, along with the possible cancellations of public events. In rural areas where taxi revenues are much lower the direct and indirect cost is expected to exceed the income or reduce the net return to insufficient levels.
Queen Letizia gave us a better look at the Hugo Boss 'Fysa' Blue Colorblock V-Neck Sweater of which we only got a glimpse of when she debuted it in April.
The tricolor superfine wool sweater flaunts a colorblock design with a V-neckline, long sleeves, and rib-knit neck, cuffs and hem.
The King and Queen of Spain showed support for a group of elite athletes on one of the first days of activity since coronavirus confinement at the Centro de Alto Rendimiento del Consejo Superior de Deportes (High-Performance Center of the Higher Sports Council) in Madrid.
Their Majesties were received by the Minister of Culture and Sports and by the President of the Superior Council of Sports with whom they held a meeting on the current situation and challenges of the Higher Sports Council.
King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia toured part of the sports facilities of the High-Performance Center, they witnessed the training exercises of Carolina Marin, Lidia Valentín, Rey Zapata, Sara Andrés, Mohamed Enhamed, Desirée Vilas, among other athletes, Olympic and Paralympic athletes and male and female teams from different disciplines. Concluding, Their Majesties visited the Joaquin Blume Residence, a boarding school, which has reopened its doors, welcoming back young athletes.
Queen Letizia stepped out in a partly new white trouser suit, consisting of a single-breasted blazer with flap pockets, and cropped wide-leg sailor pants.
The coordinating separates by Carolina Herrera are made from gabardine fabric and are decorated with metallic buttons.
The jacket silhouette looks identical to the Carolina Herrera suit jacket she wore in May of 2018 with a longer pair of wide-leg trousers. I think the only difference are the buttons. The jacket below appears to have covered buttons.
The Spanish queen complemented the pale suit with a beige polka-dot print cami by Mango. The $29.99 Mango 'Lula' top is made from a flowy fabric and designed with thin straps, a square neckline, and button fastening at back.
Letizia kept the look cool and casual with her Mint&Rose 'Sardinia' espadrille wedges.
The King and Queen of Spain continued their contact with the logistics sector, who are key in supplying the population during the pandemic. They visited the Centro de Transportes de Coslada CTC (Coslada Transport Center) in Madrid.
The CTC is the largest multimodal logistics complex in Southern Europe. King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia attended an information session and toured two logistics and distribution companies: El Corte Inglés and Sending Transporte Urgente.
During the visit, Their Majesties, accompanied by the authorities and a group of workers from the CTC participated in a minute's silence on the final day of the official 10-day mourning period for the victims of COVID-19.
Queen Letizia wore a mix of old and new for today's outing. She brought back the black satin pintuck blouse which was first seen in 2008 at her grandmother's funeral.
The brand/designer has remained unidentified, but you may recall she also owns the style in pink chiffon which she debuted in 2016.
Letizia teamed the blouse with her 'Hugo Boss 'Trimie' Wide Leg Crop Trousers and swapped the self-belt with her black Burberry ruffled leather waist belt (shown below in a taupe colourway).
She added a new pair of on-trend high-vamp pumps. They are by Uterque and feature a leather upper with mid-block heels (sold out).
The King and Queen of Spain visited the National Library of Spain in Madrid to preside over the Permanent Commission of the Royal Board of the Biblioteca Nacional de España (BNE).
During the pandemic, the BNE has made an effort to increase its presence in different digital channels, to keep communication channels open. During the meeting, the president of the BNE stated that thanks to more than 300,000 digitized copies, it is possible to offer almost 30 million images in the public domain.
Their Majesties later visited 'María Moliner' general reading room where they saw the protection measures taken by the BNE against COVID-19 for the gradual reopening of its rooms and cultural activities on Monday 8th June.
Queen Letizia stepped out in an all-navy ensemble consisting of a crepe blouse and wide leg trousers which we have not seen her wear before.
Letizia accessorized with her Magrit 'Liza' suede pumps, CH Carolina Herrera 'Baret' fold-over clutch bag, and Hugo Boss skinny belt.
The King and Queen of Spain showed support for agricultural work and the strategic importance of the primary sector by visiting Vega de San Martín Agrarian Transformation Society, San Martín de la Vega, Community of Madrid.
The Vega de San Martín Agrarian Transformation Society has one of the largest and most select goat farming censuses in Spain. For more than 30 years they have raised and selected the best animals of this breed, taking care of the environment, feeding, handling, and milking, while maintaining high standards of animal hygiene and welfare. They have their own livestock of Murcian-Grenadine breed goats, the milk has a higher than average amount of fat and protein which is ideal for making cheese from raw milk. Currently, they export to 9 countries, with more about to join.
King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia saw the cultivation of cereals, through to the breeding, feeding, and milking of the animals, to the cheese area. They toured the farmland, grain warehouses, stables, and factory. In the housing area where people who work in the agricultural and livestock farm reside, Their Majesties held a meeting where they valued their work during the pandemic.
Queen Letizia kept her look low-key and opted to wear her grid pattered Hugo Boss 'Ferie' Sweater with black ankle-length trousers, and new-to-us sneakers.
The sneakers are the Hugo Boss leather trainers with pumped-up outsole (€199). The low-top trainers in smooth leather from the BOSS line feature a branded tongue, technical lining and a pumped-up outsole in durable rubber. Metallic top eyelets and logos at the heel add signature touches to this sporty pair.
The pants could be the BOSS 'Tiluna' trousers but without any identifying features it's hard to know for certain.
The King and Queen of Spain met with representatives from the fields of technological and social innovation who expressed their ideas for the future, and the role of innovation to improve the recovery of Spain after the COVID-19 pandemic at the Palace of Zarzuela.
Their Majesties first met with seven 'founders of start-ups' related to the South Summit initiative. South Summit is the Leading Innovation Global Platform focused on business opportunities and disruptive trends. The group stressed the importance of finding new paths through emerging entrepreneurs for the present and future of Spain.
The second meeting was held with seven young entrepreneurs from Ashoka España, which identifies, connects, and accompanies the leaders of social innovation who solve problems effectively and systemically. They discussed social innovation and their response to the challenges caused by the pandemic.
King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia emphasised the important role they currently play and thanked them for the values of cohesion, equality, and solidarity.
Queen Letizia wore her CH Carolina Herrera black polka dot cache-cœur dress which she debuted earlier this year for an audience with the Men's National Handball Team.
She teamed it with her black Carolina Herrera sling-back pumps, and accessorized with the bezel set diamond stud earrings which form part of Letizia's Australian pearl earrings.
The Queen of Spain held a video conference with the heads of the Confederación Española de Personas con Discapacidad Física y Orgánica COCEMFE (Spanish Confederation of People with Physical and Organic Disabilities) from her home office at the Palace of Zarzuela.
COCEMFE was founded in 1980 to unite, strengthen, and coordinate the actions of entities that work on behalf of people with physical and organic disabilities to defend their rights and improve their quality of life.
During the pandemic, residential centers have remained open, including, most home help and personal assistance services. Day center activities and other specialised services have been suspended, although great efforts have been made to provide services electronically. The heads expressed concern regarding the uncertainty of the labor situation in Spain and for the future employment of people with disabilities. Her Majesty was also informed of the proposals for the immediate future that have been proposed by the associative movement of COCEMFE.
Queen Letizia wore a new green blazer. I believe it may be the Hugo Boss 'Jalesta' Open Front Jacket in Pine Green. It originally retailed for US$445 but is now reduced to $178 at Nordsrom.
The King and Queen of Spain held an open dialogue with Young Talents at the Palace of Zarzuela on Thursday.
Their Majesties held an open two-hour dialogue with eight Spanish Talents, four women, and four men, born between 1984 and 1994 from areas of; research, technology, business, culture, and social action, who explained how they believe the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Spanish society. In addition, the Young Talents discussed their vision for the future. King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia highlighted the need to value what young people are doing for Spain.
Queen Letizia wore her Hugo Boss 'Koralena' Tweed Jacket and her black Carolina Herrera suede pointed toe pumps.
Their Majesties and Their Royal Highnesses Leonor, Princess of Asturias, and Infanta Sofia participated in a minute's silence at midday on Wednesday to commemorate the victims of COVID-19 outbreak.
The Spanish royal family was accompanied by staff from the Headquarters of the State in a solemn memorial ceremony in the gardens of Zarzuela Palace.
An official ten days of mourning have been declared, which will be the longest period of mourning in Spanish democracy. Flags will fly at half-mast across the nation, including on navy vessels until the 5th of June to pay tribute to the 27,118 who have lost their lives.
The King and Queen of Spain continued video conferences today from their home at the Palace of Zarzuela.
Their Majesties held a video conference with representatives of the Carrefour Group and Carrefour Solidarity Foundation. Carrefour is the second-biggest hypermarket in Spain which employs more than 54,000 workers, one of the largest employers in Spain. The Foundation supports projects that benefit children with disabilities or at risk of social exclusion, helps people in socially disadvantaged positions, and intervenes in emergency situations in Spain. During the pandemic Carrefour has been active with donations to food banks and the Ifema Emergency Hospital. The representatives explained the impact of the crisis on their area of trade, the adjustments made to open centers, and how they predict consumers will be more online-based in the short and medium-term.
King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia later held a video conference with the president of the Spanish Confederation of Travel Agencies (CEAV), which represents more than 70,000 workers from 7,000 travel agencies. As a result of the pandemic travel agencies have suffered a great hit, to help counteract the impact the CEAV has requested a series of measures in different administrative areas and has asked the Spanish Tourism Council for direct aid and the application of EU funds for companies. The CEAV also proposes medium-term promotion measures and is working on a tourist collaboration project with the autonomous communities that establishes a subsidised credit to incentivise Spanish families to enjoy vacations in Spain.
Queen Letizia wore her grey Carolina Herrera crosshatch houndstooth patterned blouse and her bezel set diamond stud earrings which form part of her Australian pearl earrings.