Queen Letizia dazzles in embroidered Felipe Verela frock for Princess of Asturias awards ceremony
On Friday evening, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia presided over the 2018 Princess of Asturias awards ceremony held at the Campoamor Theater in Oviedo.
As in previous years, Their Majesties were joined by Felipe's mother, Queen Sofia for the traditional walk on the blue carpet.
Once inside the theater, Felipe and Letizia took their places at the head table to deliver the awards, while Sofia went to the Royal Box.
The Princess of Asturias Awards is a series of annual prizes awarded by the Princess of Asturias Foundation to individuals, entities or organisations who make notable achievements in the sciences, humanities, and public affairs. Founded in 1980 by Felipe, it was previously known as the Prince of Asturias Awards but renamed in 2015 to reflect the country's new heir to the Spanish throne, Princess Leonor.
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 did not disappoint! Letizia looked regal in an intricately embroidered Felipe Varela midi dress. The dress is a patchwork of a jacquard reptile-skin pattern, and hand-embroidered glass bead motifs.
Letizia coordinated this evening's look with her custom black Magrit 'Nassa' clutch and a new pair of bespoke leather-trimmed mesh peep-toe platform heels also by Magrit.
She topped off the look with the Joyas de pasar diamond chanton earrings, once the property of Queen Ena and now part of the royal jewelry collection for the select use of Spanish queens.
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?
8/11/2018 03:54:43 pm
i love this but I think that maybe it would have looked nicer if it was a bit shorter, it just looks unflattering in some pictures
8/11/2018 04:03:32 pm
Such a beautifully detailed dress and I love Letizia's sleek hair style, a look I don't think we've seen her wear before? I think 2017 will be hard to top followed by 2015.
8/11/2018 07:20:44 pm
It is so nice to see Letizia again. I tried to follow Meghan's fashion but no...Meghan is so predictible, classic, always in navy... And Letizia wears everything, different stiles, colours, always experimenting...and all with such class! This dress is beautiful, but it would be better if it was shorter. All the styles throw the years were great (since 2008), but my favourite is 2017...
8/11/2018 11:52:32 pm
Edita, I agree Letizia has a special quality when it comes to fashion that very few others have. I would put her up their with Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Princess Diana, & Audrey Hepburn I think it's a sense of style that you either have or don't. I am finding Melania Trump an interesting person to watch. She also has great style.
8/11/2018 10:33:26 pm
She wears a mimic of the traditional Asturian hairstyle and the embroidery is Middle Ages armours.
Lumain van Vuuren
8/11/2018 11:17:38 pm
I love this dress, the length, everything about it.
8/11/2018 11:56:10 pm
I'm not a fan of this dress. The last picture that only shows the bodice looks ok. The rest no. The pattern of the dress draws your eye to certain parts that is awkward. Her earrings, hairstyle look good. Those shoes are high!
9/11/2018 12:01:21 am
This dress is a work of art in my opinion. It has a very detailed and intricate pattern of beading that is very striking. The Princess of Asturias events seem to be the highlight of the year for the Spanish royals because I notice Letizia always pulls out some show stopper outfits. But I agree with Grace that the length of the dress is a bit long and would look better just under the knee. I also like the slicked back hairstyle.
This dress is awesome, and is indeed a work of art. Letizia and Varela have taken hand sewn beading to new heights. The dress could have done without the extra faux croc patches at the hem but that does not detract from its beauty. From 2013 to now (with the exception of 2015 - knockoff or not, she owned it) the beading has become more elaborate and artistic. This year's effort is definitely a museum piece. The style led to a fun afternoon of research on Valkyries (which is what came to mind) who reputedly wore similar outfits. ..Funnily enough, there is even a painting of a Valkyrie done by E.B. Hughes in 1901 and ....she has a messy bun!
19/11/2018 01:10:53 am
How shocking and disappointing that you have chosen to not continue this blog about a Queen and yet will blog about Meghan who will never be a queen (hopefully)! I will not read any of your other blogs, Done!
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