On Wednesday, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia hosted a reception at the Royal Palace of Madrid in honour of the Diplomatic Corps accredited in Spain.
The reception, held annually for the New Year, serves as an opportunity to strengthen diplomatic relations, promote international cooperation, and celebrate the diversity of the diplomatic community in Spain. The event typically attracts around 1,200 guests, and Their Majesties greet diplomats and ambassadors upon their arrival in the Throne Room of the palace.
For the occasion, Queen Letizia revived a sapphire blue taffeta gown that she had previously worn during the Pascua Militar ceremony in 2022 (shown below).
Featuring long sleeves, a v-neckline, stand collar, a buttoned front, a self-tie belt, and a full skirt, the fabric of the gown boasts a tonal moiré pattern throughout. The designer of the piece is still unknown.
Today, Queen Letizia acessoried the dress with familiar diamond and sapphire jewellery.
The pearl, diamond, and sapphire cluster earrings, originally belonging to Princess María de las Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (King Felipe's paternal grandmother), were complemented by a necklace received as a gift from her in-laws. Letizia last adorned herself with both pieces in 2004, during the official dinner on the eve of her wedding ceremony with Felipe.
Today, she added the diamond and sapphire bracelet.