This November, Queen Letizia of Spain brought glamour back to the Spanish royal court with a pair of glittering state dinner appearances—including two terrific tiaras!
On November 16, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain welcomed President Sergio Mattarella to Madrid for a state visit. That evening, they held a formal state dinner in his honor at the Royal Palace. Queen Letizia brought out grand gala jewels for the first time in a long while, wearing a tiara and jewels with a chic black evening gown. The dress was a special nod to her Italian diplomatic guests: it was made by Giorgio Armani. She wore the sash and star of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic as well.
Diamonds and pearls were Letizia’s chosen jewels for the grand state dinner at the palace. She wore the Diamond and Pearl Loop Tiara, which was made in the nineteenth century for Queen Maria Cristina of Spain (the wife of King Alfonso XII and the mother of King Alfonso XIII). Her earrings, tiny diamond studs, were surely chosen so they wouldn’t pull focus from the tiara.
With the tiara, Letizia wore a necklace and bracelet that come from the joyas de pasar collection, Queen Ena’s grand royal jewelry bequest. The necklace and bracelet, I believe, are both sections of Queen Ena’s grand diamond rivière.
Letizia secured her order sash with another of Queen Ena’s joyas de pasar pieces: the large gray pearl and diamond brooch.
Queen Letizia wore even more of Queen Ena’s joyas de pasar a few days later in Stockholm. She and King Felipe made a state visit to Sweden, which included a glittering state dinner at the Royal Palace on November 24. This gala dress was also a gesture of friendship toward her hosts: it was made by H&M. She wore the sash and star of the Order of the Seraphim with the dress.
For the banquet, she wore the tiara that the family calls “La Buena”—Queen Ena’s Fleur-de-Lis Tiara. She also added Queen Ena’s incredible diamond earrings to the ensemble. Her sash was secured with her own diamond fleur-de-lis brooch, which is the center element of her fleur-de-lis tiara.
Letizia finished the look with two more pieces of Queen Ena’s jewelry: the twin diamond bracelets, which she stacked together on her right wrist. It’s so good to see Letizia in gala form once again!