On Sunday, the Spanish royal family traveled to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia to celebrate a very important religious tradition: the Feast of St. James (or Dia de Santiago). Here’s a look at the traditions, the clothes, and the jewels from the celebrations.
Inside the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain and their daughters, the Princess of Asturias and Infanta Sofia, attended the festival mass, which is known as the King’s (or Nation’s) Offering to the Apostle. One of the most striking features of the mass is the swinging of a giant incense burner, the botafumeiro. The relics of St. James have traditionally been said to be buried inside the cathedral.
King Felipe carried a traditional walking stick during the visit. The stick, which is a pilgrim’s staff, is also connected to the story of St. James. For centuries, pilgrims have used these walking sticks as they traversed the Camino de Santiago to visit the shrine.
The royals posed for official photographs with Juan José González Rivas, President of the Constitutional Tribunal, and Alberto Núñez Feijóo, President of Xunta de Galicia.
Letizia, Leonor, and Sofia arrived for the festival mass wearing clothes in bright summer colors.
Queen Letizia wore a pink dress with a bright embroidered floral pattern in shades of pink, purple, green, and orange. She wore pink accessories with the outfit.
She also added a pair of colorful earrings to the ensemble. These are her ruby and emerald drop earrings from Tous, which have been a favorite pair in her jewelry box for years. We recently saw her wear them on Armed Forces Day and for the Order of Merit ceremony.
Princess Leonor was pretty in pink for the mass. Her only accessory was a very important one: the ribbon and badge of the Order of the Golden Fleece. She’s one of only 17 living members of the order, and one of only four female members (along with Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, and Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands).
No accessories yet for Infanta Sofia, whose vibrant turquoise dress shined brightly on its own.