The King & Queen of Spain undertook their first public engagement of 2021.
Their Majesties presided over the traditional celebration of the Pascua Militar, which is deeply rooted in the Spanish military and dates back to 1782 during the reign of Carlos III. The ceremony is held annually on the day of Epiphany at the Royal Palace of Madrid.
After the ordinance honours, the National Anthem, and a salute of 21 cannon shots, King Felipe VI reviewed the troops.
Their Majesties then moved to the Throne Room where they greeted the President of the Government, the Minister of Defense, the three Armies, the Royal and Military Orders of San Fernando and San Hermenegildo, the Civil Guard and the Brotherhood of Veterans.
Once the greetings had concluded the King awarded decorations to different members of the commissions and gave a speech. Due to the pandemic attendees were reduced and the event flowed faster than previous years.
As tradition dedicates, Queen Letizia wore a long dress. It is customary for royal women to wear a full length gown to the Pascua Militar ceremony. Below is a look back at Letizia's previous ensembles since becoming Queen consort:
Today she opted for a black straight long skirt, offset with a white voluminous Maksu 'Fontana' silk blouse (€154) featuring an asymmetric placket with contrasting decorative buttons.
Her Majesty rugged up with her black Carolina Herrera fur collar cape when she arrived at the palace for the parade.
Letizia teamed the look with bespoke accessories in patent leather. She carried her pewter Felipe Varela envelope clutch, and on her feet were the Magrit 'Laura' pumps.
She finished the look with her black star-burst drop earrings with diamond hoops.
Later that afternoon, the Spanish royal family were pictured leaving Zarzuela Palace en route to the home of Letizia's father for private celebrations marking the Feast of the Epiphany.
11/1/2021 05:32:12 pm
I don't like the flaps on the sleeves of the blouse, or the buttons. The material is silk and the large buttons look like something you'd put on a heavy wool material, like a coat. The fact that they are black on white makes the contrast even starker. With all the ruffles/pleats down the side of the blouse, some almost invisible fasteners would have looked better. The skirt and cape are very elegant.
12/1/2021 09:48:08 am
It is odd to use such heavy buttons on silk, I agree, they don't hang so well when the blouse is being worn. Perhaps a fashionista attempt to be 'edgy'!
12/1/2021 12:01:44 am
I admire the original design of this blouse. The large buttons on one side and on the cuffs are bold and striking and the sleeves are also unusual. Since the fabric is voluminous it pairs well with the straight cut black skirt. I think we are off to an interesting start for 2021 fashion wise at least.
12/1/2021 09:45:17 am
Happy New Year to you too Sandy :D
12/1/2021 08:10:46 am
In these times of trouble, Letizia continues to step out as the epitome of style, grace, and civilised elegance, I think the generous Herrera cape looks wonderful with the long slim skirt, as well as being season-appropriate.
12/1/2021 09:46:13 am
I had meant to add welcome back Elizabeth, hope you had a good break and Happy New Year to you!
12/1/2021 08:27:23 am
Happy New Year!
12/1/2021 10:38:38 am
The cape and skirt are lovely, very elegant look. Love the Margit pumps, gorgeous. The Blouse, I am struggling with. The Queen wears it well, But I prefer simple, clear cut lines. The black star-burst drop earrings are divine. Happy and safe New Year to all!
12/1/2021 11:26:31 am
I neither like nor dislike this ensemble. It's an understandably sombre start to the new year with just enough decoration to lift the monochrome. All of the pieces are of quality, but sadly the skirt gathers weight from the mid-thighs down and appears heavy in motion (photographs 1&2 above). I wondered if the fabric is jersey as I didn't see a slit for ease of movement. The blouse is unique, I find it most attractive from the side where you can appreciate the asymmetric placket, I just wish the buttons stood to attention rather than drooping down. The contemporary design flows comfortably with the plain skirt, however, I imagine the designer envisioned edgier styling to complement the piece (Maksu paired the blouse with low waisted, wide-leg silk trousers that have an elasticated waist). The patent accessories add finesse and it's a joy to see the beautiful sunburst earrings repeated. Looking back at past years the Felipe Varela teal gown is truly stunning. The cascading embroidery provided opulence while lengthening the wearer. 2015's Tous Beethoven earrings provided a burst of energy to the block colour and 2017's elegant updo elevated the clean lines.
12/1/2021 11:49:33 am
Happy New Year to all!
12/1/2021 07:06:36 pm
It was -4C degrees that day. Probably she wore a termal shirt underneath.I hope the skirt was wooled. After this, it has snowed a so terrible snow storm called Filomena that Madrid and other parts of the country are impassible. This had not happened since almost a century ago.
Mary H Caldwell
12/1/2021 11:39:32 pm
well thank you for the weather intel! That really puts a new slant on what Letizia is wearing. There is nothing worse than having to stand still in the cold! Personally I think she looks beautiful as always. My son had the opportunity to hear her speak at a medical conference and all he could say was WOW. Happy New Year everyone.
18/1/2021 10:18:54 am
The cape and skirt are lovely and elegant. The earrings are wonderful. Love the pewter bag, this colour is a clever contrast to black. It is good that the queen has a re usable mask.
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