State Visit to UK: Day 3
King Felipe and Queen Letizia bade formal goodbyes to Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace this morning.
This was a poignant moment - it's probably the final time we will see Prince Philip on State Visit duties as he is set to retire in the Fall.
For the occasion, the Spanish queen channelled an elegant 1940's style in a satin midi skirt and white surplice neck blouse (currently unidentified).
Letizia made a sartorial nod to the host nation by stepping out in a skirt by British-born fashion retailer, Topshop. She wore the brand's Pleat Front Prom Skirt (£80) in a chic champagne colourway. The full skirt sits high on the waist with pretty front pleated panels and comes in a midi length. The skirt has sold out at Topshop but is currently available in very limited sizes at Selfridges.
Letizia offset the soft pink hue with merlot accents. On her feet she wore the LODI burgundy suede ankle strap pumps which she recently debuted at the Madrid Book Fair in May.
She carried a fun straw clutch by Spanish brand Suma Cruz who posted a photo of the bag on their Instagram page. It is reportedly a handmade piece especially for the queen.
Letizia again accessorized with Queen Sofia's gold set acorn pearl drop earrings which she first wore for the commencement of the State Visit.
Following the fond farewells at Buckingham Palace, The King and Queen of Spain continued their final day agenda of the State Visit. They headed to the Francis Crick Institute - a biomedical research centre in London, where they were greeted by Prince Andrew for a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities.
Their Majesties then headed out of London to Oxford - their final stop of the State Visit. Their tour of Oxford University started with a visit to the Weston Library where the original Spanish manuscripts of the Codex Mendoza, and the first edition of Don Quixote are preserved.
Following lunch at the Divinity School, the final engagement of the State Visit was a reception at Exeter College for Spanish citizens studying and working at the University.
Their Majesties received a formal send off at Royal Air Force Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, where the Lord Chamberlain said goodbye on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II.
Thank you to all my loyal readers and newcomers to the blog for following along during these past three days. It has been exhausting but a lot of fun! If you would like to read more details about any of the events during the State Visit, I encourage you to check out the official Spanish Royal website www.casareal.es - it's in Spanish but Google Translate is helpful :)
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Cynthia A Drayton
15/7/2017 02:12:47 am
15/7/2017 02:35:47 am
I love the length and colour of the skirt. The style suits Letizia. However, the waist doesn't look good and I'm not sure about the blouse. Great shoes, though.
15/7/2017 11:05:16 am
15/7/2017 05:00:21 pm
Thanks for all your work to make the post. Nice to read them. I don't know any other royal who combines a straw clutch with a topshop skirt and still looks beautiful.
15/7/2017 09:12:19 pm
16/7/2017 12:40:29 am
Another brilliant pic from Letizia -- and I love the nod to Kate via the Topshop pick. I have felt a bit uneasy as if Letizia is maybe showing Kate how it's done, and as if the Spanish queen's picks could be slightly mocking of stuffy Windsor style. But it's a relief to see Letizia step away from her Wednesday pastiche-Windsor phase and pick up with her customary sleek elegance here. Brilliant outfit. Thank you SOOO much for all your hard work this weekend, have no idea how you managed to keep up. It's odd, but I feel a much closer link with Letizia now she's actually been here in the UK and your wonderful lucid posts played a big part in that.
17/7/2017 09:25:01 am
Excellent job with the post! The blue dress is divine! I am so in love with it! Best dress ever!!!
18/7/2017 02:25:40 am
Thank you for all the posts on the royal tour!! I am a Kate follower as well, so it was kind of surreal to see Letizia in England. Thank you for all of your hard work. Sure wish we had someone over here to follow instead of Donald Trump!
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