12 February 2020

New Bejeweled Spanish Royal Portraits

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Casa Real released a series of new official portraits of the Spanish royal family this week, including images featuring a whole lot of sparkle.




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King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain posed in grand gala ensembles for some of the new portraits, including full jewels and orders.


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Queen Letizia chose to wear some of the most important royal jewels from the family collection for the images. With her pink floral gown, she wore Queen Ena's Fleur-de-Lis Tiara, which is commonly called "La Buena" (or "the good one"). She also wore Ena's magnificent diamond earrings and her matched diamond bracelets. All of these pieces are part of the joyas de pasar collection, which is reserved for the use of queens regnant and consort. Letizia also used one of her personal jewels, the fleur-de-lis brooch that comes from her tiara, to secure the sash of the Order of Charles III.


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If the dress and jewels look familiar, there's a good reason! Letizia wore the combination last October in Tokyo during the enthronement celebrations for the new Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako.


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She wore the dress and jewels for the banquet held on the night of the imperial enthronement. You'll note one difference: on that occasion, as she was in Japan, she wore the sash and star of her highest Japanese order, the Order of the Precious Crown.


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The new portrait session also features images in daytime business attire. The only visible jewel in these images is Letizia's golden oval ring, worn on her left hand.


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The new portraits also feature Infanta Leonor, the Princess of Asturias, and her younger sister, Infanta Sofia. My favorite from the batch is this gorgeous black-and-white photo of the sisters.