On Wednesday evening, King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia held a gala dinner at the Royal Palace of Madrid for the President of China and his wife, who are on a State visit to Spain.
Queen Letizia chose the understated black Felipe Varela velvet gown for the glittering event, which she debuted at last year's State gala dinner for the visiting Argentine president and First Lady.
Tonight, Her Majesty wore the Queen Maria Christina’s Cartier Loop Tiara for the first time!
The diadem is made of diamonds and pearls and set in platinum, and reportedly made by Cartier. This hefty tiara was a wedding present to Archduchess Maria Christina of Austria for her wedding to King Alfonso XII of Spain in 1879. The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor has a detailed write-up on the piece.
Queen Letizia complemented the tiara with joyas de pasar pieces including the large chaton diamond earrings, and double diamond bracelets which she stacked on one arm for maximum glitz.
Her Majesty donned the Order of Carlos III sash pinned with a diamond Fleur de lys brooch originating from the centerpiece of her "Princess" tiara.
A closer look at Letizia's elegant up-do.