Our February Flashbacks continue today with a look back at a bejeweled ensemble worn by Queen Letizia of Spain in February 2009, back when she was still the Princess of Asturias.
On February 9, 2009, the Spanish royals welcomed President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina to the Royal Palace in Madrid for a gala dinner. Both Queen Sofia and Princess Letizia wore gowns and glittering jewels for the occasion. (Sofia wore the Spanish Floral Tiara, Queen Maria Cristina’s Mellerio Pearl Necklace, her diamond drop earrings, and the joyas de pasar diamond bow brooch for the occasion.)
Letizia wore a dramatic Lorenzo Caprile dress with a dark green ballgown skirt and a patterned, crystal-encrusted bodice. The gown was a reworked version of an earlier dress, which Letizia had worn for a gala dinner in 2005.
With the reworked dress, Letizia wore the Prussian Tiara, a jewel that comes from Queen Sofia’s collection. The small diamond and platinum kokoshnik features neoclassical motifs—like columns, laurel leaves, and Greek key patterns—in its design. The tiara was made in 1913 for Queen Sofia’s grandmother, Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia. Both Sofia and Letizia wore the jewel as their wedding tiara.
Letizia also borrowed diamond and emerald earrings from her mother-in-law for the dinner. The jewels, which have a modern design, feature ribbon and cluster motifs.
Letizia secured the large blue and white sash of her Argentine decoration, the Order of the Liberator General San Martín, with her diamond fleur-de-lis brooch. The brooch is also the central element of her diamond and pearl tiara.
On her left hand, Letizia wore her Bulgari Parentesi Ring, made of diamonds set in white gold.
Here’s one more look at the overall ensemble. The dress definitely appeals more to me in this reimagined form!