Tuesday 16 January 2018

Queen Letizia of Spain opts for sunny yellow ensemble on first day of state visit to the UK

Queen Letizia of Spain and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh ride in a carriage during a State visit by the King and Queen of Spain at Centre Gate, Buckingham Palace on July 12, 2017 in London, England
Queen Letizia of Spain and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh ride in a carriage during a State visit by the King and Queen of Spain at Centre Gate, Buckingham Palace on July 12, 2017 in London, England
Queen Letizia of Spain and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh ride in a carriage during a State visit by the King and Queen of Spain at Carriage Gate, Buckingham Palace on July 12, 2017 in London, England. This is the first state visit by the current King Felipe and Queen Letizia, the last being in 1986 with King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Queen Letizia of Spain is seen leaving the ME Hotel during there state visit to the United Kingdom on July 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by DMC/GC Images)
The Duchess of Cornwall greets Queen Letizia of Spain at their hotel in central London at the start of the King's State Visit to the UK. Photo credit : Hannah McKay/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall greet King Felipe VI and Letizia of Spain at his hotel in central London at the start of the King's State Visit to the UK. Photo credit: Hannah McKay/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall greet King Felipe VI and Letizia of Spain at his hotel in central London at the start of the King's State Visit to the UK. Photo credit: Hannah McKay/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cornwall and Spain's Queen Letizia leave their hotel by car in London at the start of the King's State Visit to the UK. Photo credit : Hannah McKay/PA Wire
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Queen Letizia dressed for the weather in a sunny yellow ensemble on the first day of her state visit to the UK.

Letizia and her husband King Felipe VI of Spain were greeted by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall on the first day of their state visit.

Letizia (44) is fast becoming one of the world's most stylish royals, and her choice of outfit on Wednesday didn't disappoint.

The mother-of-two made a subtle statement in a pastel yellow coat, dress and bright yellow hat.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Queen Letizia of Spain is seen leaving the ME Hotel during there state visit to the United Kingdom on July 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by DMC/GC Images)
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Queen Letizia of Spain is seen leaving the ME Hotel during there state visit to the United Kingdom on July 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by DMC/GC Images)

She completed the ensemble with a pale yellow clutch bag, gloves and nude shoes.

It is the first state visit by a Spanish monarch since King Juan Carlos toured Britain in 1986 when he raised the controversial issue of Gibraltar - as his son Felipe is expected to do when he addresses parliamentarians later.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall had escorted the king and his wife from their London hotel to Horse Guards Parade, arriving in chauffeur-driven limousines.

Following protocol, Queen Elizabeth introduced the Spanish couple to leading figures from UK national life, including Prime Minister Theresa May, Home Secretary Amber Rudd - whose hat blew off when she arrived - Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick and senior military figures.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall greet King Felipe VI and Letizia of Spain at his hotel in central London at the start of the King's State Visit to the UK. Photo credit: Hannah McKay/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall greet King Felipe VI and Letizia of Spain at his hotel in central London at the start of the King's State Visit to the UK. Photo credit: Hannah McKay/PA Wire

During their three-day visit Felipe and Letizia will dine at a Buckingham Palace state banquet, with Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge expected to attend; visit the Palace of Westminster, where the king will address parliamentarians; and on Thursday Felipe will meet Mrs May at Downing Street.

The backdrop to the visit is strained relations between Spain and the UK over the sovereignty of Gibraltar, which have come to the fore because of Brexit.

Simon Manley, Britain's ambassador to Spain, was questioned by journalists in Madrid last week, and when asked if Felipe could talk about the British overseas territory in his Westminster speech, he replied it was a possibility.

Last September, Felipe used his address to the UN General Assembly in New York to call for a negotiated handover of The Rock.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall greet King Felipe VI and Letizia of Spain at his hotel in central London at the start of the King's State Visit to the UK. Photo credit: Hannah McKay/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall greet King Felipe VI and Letizia of Spain at his hotel in central London at the start of the King's State Visit to the UK. Photo credit: Hannah McKay/PA Wire

The king, at 6ft 5in, towered over the Queen, and he kissed his relative on the cheek and hand when they met.

A guard of honour, the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, lined up in front of the royal party and Philip escorted Felipe across the parade ground to inspect the troops.

The king strode ahead of his host with Philip having to pick up his pace to keep up.

Back on a dais, the Queen chatted to Letizia as they watched the men walk along the line of guardsmen.

The Duchess of Cornwall and Spain's Queen Letizia leave their hotel by car in London at the start of the King's State Visit to the UK. Photo credit : Hannah McKay/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cornwall and Spain's Queen Letizia leave their hotel by car in London at the start of the King's State Visit to the UK. Photo credit : Hannah McKay/PA Wire

Additional reporting by Press Association.

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