Queen Letizia kickstarts 2018 in a majestic midnight blue velvet gown for Pascua Militar ceremony
The King & Queen of Spain undertook their first public engagement of the New Year today.
Their Majesties where joined by King Felipe's father and mother for 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.
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 an image gallery of Letizia's previous ensembles:
Letizia has only ever trusted Felipe Varela to outfit her for this special occasion. Today she opted for a luxurious midnight blue velvet gown by the Spanish designer. The straight silhouette is cinched in at the waist with a matching belt. Other features include a Peter Pan collar, front jewel buttons, peasant sleeves, and tonal embroidered floral detail on the skirt.
Here's a look at the back of the gown.
She harmonized the dress with tonal blue accessories which included her Felipe Varela clutch bag and a new pair of Lodi 'Rami' pumps (€130.00) in dark blue velvet.
Letizia wore her hair up in a beautiful chignon and finished the elagant look with her Bvlgari aquamarine teardrop earrings.
8/1/2018 11:29:49 pm
Very, very pretty. Love this.
9/1/2018 01:09:51 am
I think Letizia looks really well. Majestic is the word to define this outfit. The shoes are so beautiful. Blue is a really good colour for her.
9/1/2018 05:01:25 am
I love the beautiful colour and fabric of the dress. But the Peter Pan collar and buttons on the bodice reminds me of a shirt which just doesn't look right on an evening gown. The handbag and shoes are the exact same colour and their is no contrast in the outfit.
10/1/2018 05:12:39 am
I think the richness of the fabric more than holds its own without further accessories. And I'm happy with the shirt styling as it mixes up the whole evening look thing, and gives restrained contrast via sweet collar, exquisite buttons, the belt, shirring at the wrists -- and all on top of such a sleek, chic fit on the bodice. You could say I'm a fan!
11/1/2018 08:20:01 am
Bertie, I appreciate your opinion. Actually, I found out that there are some very specific requirements for this occasion. That could explain the conservative nature of the dress.
12/1/2018 12:42:12 am
Thank you Sandy, kind of you to reply. From what others are saying here I'm now wondering if the military theme of the evening might explain the shirt-style detailing
9/1/2018 08:29:11 pm
En realidad el acto fué de día, no de noche, aunque el protocolo exige traje largo, así que es un poco complejo. Varela en España no gusta demasiado, carga mucho los diseños.
10/1/2018 05:05:24 am
This is such a stunning gown, bravo Letizia! I hardly dared believe it was a new gown as she has so many in store but it's even more special to see it on its debut.
10/1/2018 08:31:53 am
Happy New Year!
11/1/2018 08:21:57 am
This may be wrong but I think that the grey and pink Peter pan collared dress worn by letizia might also be by Felipe Varela as the collar is similar to the collar on this dress.
11/1/2018 12:42:56 pm
We contacted FV when Letizia first wore the grey Peter Pan collar dress but they denied the piece was theirs x
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