This week, the King and Queen of Spain embarked on their first visit to a European city, where they viewed an exhibition that bridged the cultural legacies of their nation with that of their hosts.
King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain arrived in Vienna on Monday for a day trip to Austria. They were received in an official welcome ceremony by Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen and his wife, First Lady Doris Schmidauer.
The royal couple was dressed warmly for the welcome ceremony, which kicked off their very first official visit to Austria.
With her black-and-white ensemble, Queen Letizia wore a favorite pair of earrings. She’s had these earrings, which feature bezel-set diamond studs and Australian pearl drops, for years.
After the official welcome ceremony, Felipe and Letizia traveled with the presidential couple to the memorial against war and fascism in Helmut Zilk Square. There, they laid wreaths in memory of all those who were victims of the Nazis, and more specifically, of those Spaniards who suffered at the Mauthausen concentration camp.
After the wreath-laying ceremony, the royal and presidential couples headed to the Belvedere Museum for the opening of a new exhibition. At the museum, Letizia removed her coat, giving us a better view of her houndstooth-printed dress.
They viewed several works on display as part of the Dalí-Freud exhibition at the Belvedere. The museum’s official website describes the exhibition: “The Belvedere is showcasing – with over 100 pieces including paintings, surrealist objects, photographs, films, books, journals, letters, and other documents – Dalí’s unique personality against the backdrop of his complex family and follows him from his discovery of Freud’s writings to his meeting with the psychoanalyst in exile in London on 19 July 1938.”
King Felipe and Queen Letizia toured the exhibition with its curator, Professor Jaime Brihuega. We got another good look at Letizia’s lovely pearl earrings as they surveyed the works on display.