Tuesday 19 March 2019

Spain's Queen Letizia proves she's Europe's most underrated royal in recycled couture gown and heirloom tiara

Spain's queen Letizia looks on during an official dinner at the Royal Palace in Madrid on February 27, 2019. (Photo by CURTO DE LA TORRE / AFP)
Spain's queen Letizia looks on during an official dinner at the Royal Palace in Madrid on February 27, 2019. (Photo by CURTO DE LA TORRE / AFP)
Queen Letizia of Spain attends a Gala Dinner in honour of Peruvian President Martin Alberto Vizcarra and wife at the Royal Palace on February 27, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)
Queen Letizia of Spain attends a Gala Dinner in honour of Peruvian President Martin Alberto Vizcarra and wife at the Royal Palace on February 27, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)
Queen Letizia of Spain and King Felipe VI of Spain attend a Gala Dinner in honour of Peruvian President Martin Alberto Vizcarra and wife at the Royal Palace on February 27, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)
Spain's king Felipe VI (R) and queen Letizia wait for Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra and his wife Maribel Diaz during an official dinner at the Royal Palace in Madrid on February 27, 2019. (Photo by CURTO DE LA TORRE / AFP)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Spain's Queen Letizia, arguably the most underrated royal style icon in Europe, is proving her natural aptitude for fashion with her wardrobe choices during a high profile state visit.

Letizia, a former newsreader, and husband King Felipe are hosting Peruvian President Martin Alberto Vizcarra and his wife Maribel Díaz Cabello in Madrid and as is custom for all visits from world leaders, the couple are utilising everything at their disposal to ensure it goes smooothly. While British royals Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are fresh from a three-day trip to Morocco and Kate Middleton and Prince William at the tail-end of their two-day trip in Northern Ireland, it's hard to compete with positive coverage outside of Spain, even with the most devoted of royal publications.

Queen Letizia of Spain and King Felipe VI of Spain attend a Gala Dinner in honour of Peruvian President Martin Alberto Vizcarra and wife at the Royal Palace on February 27, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)
Queen Letizia of Spain and King Felipe VI of Spain attend a Gala Dinner in honour of Peruvian President Martin Alberto Vizcarra and wife at the Royal Palace on February 27, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)

But Letizia chose wisely for the state dinner at the Royal Palace: she recycled the embroidered lavender couture Varela dress she wore to a pre-wedding night gala in London for Kate and William's nuptials, for the occasion. Before Felipe ascended the throne in 2014, they attended the British royal wedding in a less formal diplomatic capacity alongside Queen Sofía, and she has remain devoted to the designer since.

She accessorised with the Diamond Floral Tiara, a diamond encrusted crown which was given to her by her mother-in-law on becoming queen. The tiara was made in 1879 for King Alfonso XII of Spain and after being sold in the 1930s, returned to the family's possession in the 1960s. Felipe's younger sister Infanta Cristina previously wore it on her wedding day in 1997. She finished off the look with the diamond earrings she wore on her wedding day in 2004.

President Vizcarra is on a three-day tour of the country and the Spanish royals greeted the couple earlier in the day at Zarzuela Palace, where Letizia wore a snake print dress by Massimo Dutti and a pair of LODI burgundy strap pumps.

King Felipe VI of Spain and Queen Letizia of Spain receive Peruvian President Martin Alberto Vizcarra at the Zarzuela Palace on February 27, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
King Felipe VI of Spain and Queen Letizia of Spain receive Peruvian President Martin Alberto Vizcarra at the Zarzuela Palace on February 27, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

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