12 October 2017

Jewels of Spain's National Day

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Today was National Day in Spain, and with it came both a military review and protests. Queen Letizia used her jewelry on the occasion to quietly underscore the royal family's legacy.




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In a surprising move, Queen Letizia chose to wear a piece from a jewelry category she hasn't yet embraced: the brooch!


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The brooch features a pearl and diamond cluster with a pear-shaped pearl drop pendant.


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Although I've seen some identify this as the gray pearl brooch from the joyas de pasar (described in our post over here), this actually appears to believe the pearl drop brooch given to the Countess of Barcelona, King Felipe's grandmother, as a wedding present in 1935. Queen Sofia wore the brooch frequently throughout her husband's reign -- above, she wears it at a gala dinner in 2011 -- and now it appears that it's yet another piece from her jewelry box to which Queen Letizia now has access.


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Letizia paired the brooch with her bezel-set diamond and Australian pearl drop earrings.


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Here's a look at Letizia's full ensemble from the reception at the Royal Palace.