Tuesday 14 August 2018

Spain's Queen Letizia might be the busiest - and best dressed - royal around

Queen Letizia of Spain attends the reception offered by Portugal president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (C) at El Pardo Palace on April 17, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
King Felipe VI of Spain (R) and Queen Letizia of Spain host a dinner gala for the President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at the Royal Palace on April 16, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Borja Benito - Pool/Getty Images)
King Felipe VI of Spain and Queen Letizia of Spain host a dinner gala for the President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at the Royal Palace on April 16, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Borja Benito - Pool/Getty Images)
Queen Letizia of Spain hosts a dinner gala for the President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at the Royal Palace on April 16, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Borja Benito - Pool/Getty Images)
Queen Letizia of Spain hosts a dinner gala for the President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at the Royal Palace on April 16, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Borja Benito - Pool/Getty Images)
Queen Letizia of Spain (L), Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (2L) and King Felipe VI of Spain (3L) greet Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy before holding a state dinner at the Royal Palace in Madrid on April 16, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images
King Felipe VI of Spain (R) and his wife Queen Letizia (L) flank Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa as they receive guests before holding a state dinner at the Royal Palace in Madrid on April 16, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images
King of Spain, Felipe VI (C) and his wife Queen Letizia (R) stand with Portuguese President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa during a welcome ceremony at the Royal palace in Madrid on April 16, 2018 on the first journey of Rebelo de Sousa's three-day state visit to Spain. / AFP PHOTO / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUPIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images
Queen Letizia of Spain (R) and Queen Sofia (L) visit King Juan Carlos at La Moraleja Hospital on April 7, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. King Juan Carlos has been surgery on his right knee to replace an old prosthesis. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
King of Spain, Felipe VI (C) and his wife Queen Letizia (R) stand with Portuguese President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa during a welcome ceremony at the Royal palace in Madrid on April 16, 2018 on the first journey of Rebelo de Sousa's three-day state visit to Spain. / AFP PHOTO / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUPIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

It's been a busy week for Spain's Queen Letizia.

Then again, most weeks are for her. The Spanish monarch's schedule is gruelling in comparison with other European royals, who might make a few appearances a month, while she is on the ground nearly every day at a different event around her country and impeccably dressed for the occasion.

Working every day is standard for the rest of us, but it's royals we're talking about here.

Letizia, a former tv journalist, wed her husband Felipe in 2004 to rumours of disapproval from his parents King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia for marrying outside nobility and also to - gasp! - a divorcée. In the 14 years since, her husband has ascended the throne and she has thrived under the responsibility that comes with the crown.

There is, of course, less attention on Letizia than someone like Kate Middleton. Both are beautiful women who went from 'normal' to royal overnight, both are mothers (Letizia has two children while Kate is due to give birth to her third any day now), but she is still 1,000 miles away from the fanfare of the British monarchy, the most influential in the world.

She's earned column inches in recent years for her flawless personal style and proves a daily workwear inspiration in everything from Hugo Boss jumpsuits to floaty Zara dresses, but her busy schedule means we get more of her than we do any other royal.

Since the start of April, we've been treated to 12 public appearances, an something normally reserved for trips abroad for Kate, William and co. Here are her best looks over the last

For a reception in Madrid by the Portuguese president, she wears a feathered Carolina Herrera two-piece paired with leather pumps by Magrit. Those statement earrings were reportedly a gift from her guest, made by skilled Portuguese goldsmiths.

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Queen Letizia of Spain attends the reception offered by Portugal president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (C) at El Pardo Palace on April 17, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)

For the Literature awards 'Barco de Vapor' event, it was back to basics in her favourite label Hugo Boss, opting for a tailored black jumpsuit and shoes by Magit again.

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Queen Letizia of Spain attends the Literature awards 'Barco de Vapor' event at 'Casa de Correos' on April 18, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Pablo Cuadra/Getty Images)

She and King Felipe hosted a state reception to welcome Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa to Madrid and she debuted a navy pearl embellished gown by Ana Locking, but her standout accessory was a Cartier tiara dating back to 1920.

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King Felipe VI of Spain (R) and Queen Letizia of Spain host a dinner gala for the President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at the Royal Palace on April 16, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Borja Benito - Pool/Getty Images)

Earlier in the day, she greeted their guest in a blue xxx power skirt suit by Felipe Varela and a pair of custom killer blue snakeskin heels by Magrit.

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King of Spain, Felipe VI (C) and his wife Queen Letizia (R) stand with Portuguese President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa during a welcome ceremony at the Royal palace in Madrid on April 16, 2018 on the first journey of Rebelo de Sousa's three-day state visit to Spain. / AFP PHOTO / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUPIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images

Heralding the arrival of spring, it was back to basics in a pair of stone leather leggings, nude Magrit pumps and a collarless red coat with flared sleeves from Zara.

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Queen Letizia of Spain attends the ÔV Campeonatos Autonomicos de Formation Profesional AndaluciaskillsÕ at El Carmen University on April 11, 2018 in Huelva, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

One of the few royals who would even dare to wear a leopard print pencil skirt, but this risk paid off in spades. Spanish designer Roberto Verino is behind this design, which she wore with a Hugo Boss caped coat.

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Queen Letizia of Spain attends the 'International Friendship Award' 2018 at the IESE Campus on April 9, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

My favourite photocall of the year! After that awkward exchange was captured with her mother-in-law at Easter, the pair put on a very united front days later to visit Juan Carlos in hospital. For this, it was a Hugo Boss trenchcoat again.

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Queen Letizia of Spain (R) and Queen Sofia (L) visit King Juan Carlos at La Moraleja Hospital on April 7, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. King Juan Carlos has been surgery on his right knee to replace an old prosthesis. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

Which brings us back to Easter. She went for understated glamour in a pair of high waist wide leg Hugo boss trousers, a polka dot blouse by Carolina Herrera and a pink quilted bag by Uterque.

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Queen Letizia of Spain attends the Easter mass on April 1, 2018 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

 

 

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