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.