The Queen of Spain received two audiences on Thursday at the Palace of La Zarzuela in Madrid.
Her Majesty first met with representatives of the Spanish Association of Periodical Publications Publishers (AEEPP). The Queen was informed of AEEPP's new brand 'Club Abierto de Editores' (CLABE), coinciding with their 20th anniversary which they celebrate this year.
CLABE's objective is to observe the crisis derived from the pandemic, as an accelerator for transformation within the sector. Tackling issues such as; the future of paper, training in new skills for digital media and gender equality among others. The AEEPP is a non-profit, independent business association that carries out its activity throughout Spain through its delegations and with a prominent international presence in 11 countries.
Queen Letizia later received the board of directors of the International Association of the Telephone of Hope. They informed Her Majesty of the services they provide such as; crisis intervention, promoting people's emotional health and training of volunteers. The Telephone of Hope was founded in 1971 in Seville, it's objective is the comprehensive care of people with physical, mental and sensory dysfunction with a comprehensive approach that addresses education and rehabilitation.
For the day of audiences, Queen Letizia wore a combination of red and white.
The white blouse featuring tonal embroidery, puffed shoulders and blouson sleeves was first worn 7 years ago and remains unidentified. A look back at Letizia wearing the blouse in 2013.
Today she teamed the top with her ruby red Hugo Boss 'Selrita' Lambskin-leather pencil skirt.
The piece was first seen during last year's State Visit to South Korea.
Letizia finished the look with her bordeaux LODI 'Debra' patent leather pumps.
13/11/2020 09:29:50 pm
I am delighted to see another smart pencil skirt! Sadly, I stand by my previous comment when the Queen last wore the skirt in South Korea. The overly feminine white blouse is at odds against the sleek leather. For workwear, a powder blue silk shirt or a camel cashmere crew neck would have been more suited to the modern design. In addition, I find the blouse dated, I appreciate that it is at least 7 years old, the shoulder pads can be seen through the sheer sleeves and I dislike the heavy pleats between the elbows and cuffs. Letizia often wears a red pencil skirt with a white blouse, it's a wasted opportunity that her restyling isn't more adventurous. I would love to see quality wardrobe staples mixed and matched across her wardrobe. So many new and exciting outfits could be created from pieces she already owns.
15/11/2020 10:09:52 am
It's great to see these pencil skirts given another airing they look terrific on Letizia. I'm surprised you don't like the detailed fabric against leather, I thought leather and lace were by way of a classic combination, and the blouse is detailed enough to compete with lace. Not sure detailed white blouses ever date as a concept, but agree they might change some style elements to keep in with current fashion. I take your point about preferring silk or cashmere with the skirt, but, while equally smooth and luxurious, might it not look a little 1950s and dated in that way! I love your adventurous takes on how Letizia might upgrade her outfits, but that might be more in the province of a full-time fashion student while Letizia has many roles to juggle with family and royal duties, not to mention surviving royal scandal. My apologies, I had no idea I would go on this much when I started - I love your thought-provoking comments and look forward to them!
15/11/2020 07:52:21 pm
"Surviving the royal scandal" and the government who is openly anti-monarchiest. In fact they have not paid the full salary to the King this year, so the Monarchy is paying things in advance, she has no money for clothes.
16/11/2020 12:02:53 am
Hi Bertie, no need to apologise :o) your comment has hopefully made me explain myself better. There are many leather pencil skirts on the Hugo Boss website: for work wear they are all styled with slouchy sweaters, fitted turtlenecks, fitted crew necks or silk blouses. In all cases, the effect is streamlined and modern. I think the Queen could absolutely pull off the cleaner styling in her multiple roles. I appreciate that these skirts were not leather, but recently, she wore a pale blue pencil skirt with a navy silk shirt 29/10/20 and an exaggerated houndstooth pencil skirt with a red crew neck 10/11/20. I mentioned a generic silk shirt or cashmere crew neck, as they are easy to find staples that have been proven to be effective when paired with leather pencil skirts. With sensitive styling, leather and lace can look stunningly dramatic for evening wear, I find this look rather bland by comparison, even for day wear. I found the blouse dated because its execution hasn't stood the test of time. If you look closely, you can see the shoulder pads through the sleeves. I agree with you and Sandy that the skirt is a little off at the waist, it should sit higher, so perhaps it is a little big.
16/11/2020 12:54:16 pm
Bertie, you raised a good point about Letizia being a busy queen, mother, wife etc. She is not a fashion designer or professional model and never claimed to be as an ex-journalist. It is part of her role to highlight Spanish brands and I think she does a great job. However, I don't think she has the time to be obsessed with her outfits and make sure she is perfect before she leaves the palace. As observers we should view her outfits in the context of who she is and what she represents and not expect her to be a fashion expert by holding her up to certain standards. I think clothes are an expression of one's own personality and creativity. Everyone is different and unique.
19/11/2020 06:13:49 am
Thanks for all the thoughtful feedback. Montse, I appreciate how very tough things are for the Spanish monarchy right now and agree how wary Letizia needs to be in her choices of outfits. However those choices are definitely the focus of this blog where we are happy to share our diverse opinions. Good to see you!
14/11/2020 04:41:30 am
It's great how Letizia saves her clothes and resurrects them from time to time. This particular blouse is a very unique style and is certainly worthy of repeat wearings. The sleeves are an interesting style especially the puffy cuffs. While I like it paired with the skirt the waistband seems a bit too big and loose in comparison to the model.
15/11/2020 07:19:16 am
A very pretty blouse with the detailing contrasting well with the smooth leather, however I thought it looked better securely tucked into the high-waisted skirt Letizia wore last time. The leather skirt appears looser at the waist and it looks as if it slips slightly uneven.
15/11/2020 09:52:59 am
This is a beautiful blouse, pretty and delicate, it has a old world feel to it, which I love. The detailing is exquisite and interesting. The fact that she can wear this blouse 7 years later and to me look so lovely, is marvellous. Wonderful!, pencil skirt, perfect length and cut, just not leather, personal preference, not a fan. . Blouse style, verse leather skirt are at odds to me. Regardless the Queen looks fabulous. The gorgeous Lodi pumps are stunning.
16/11/2020 07:24:18 am
I enjoyed reading the former comments. I think this skirt would look great with a cashmere top. Let's hope for that on a future outing!
19/11/2020 02:51:21 am
For your information, Letizia does not live at a "palace", they live in a house, near Zarzuela ( that in fact is a former hunting lodge) it was called "palace", because Juan Carlos lived there. Felipe has been living in other place (very near) since single (El Pabellón del príncipe)
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