On Tuesday, the British and Spanish royals joined forces to open a special new art gallery in England, and Queen Letizia brought along some sparkling diamonds for the occasion.
Queen Letizia made her second trip to the United Kingdom in as many weeks, arriving in Durham a week after attending the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service at Westminster Abbey in London.
The Prince of Wales welcomed Queen Letizia to Bishop Auckland, where they jointly opened a new art gallery at Auckland Castle.
The castle is home to Jacob and his Twelve Sons, a series of thirteen paintings by Spanish artist Francisco de Zurbarán (1598-1664). In 1756, twelve of the paintings were purchased by Bishop Richard Trevor (pictured in the portrait above Prince Charles in this photograph), who had them installed at Auckland Castle. He was unable to acquire the thirteenth painting and commissioned a copy to complete the set. The portrait above Queen Letizia is “Naphtali” from the series.
For the opening, Queen Letizia wore a dress with a matching clutch bag and shoes in her power color, red. Queen Letizia Style identified the dress as a Carolina Herrera design.
She accessorized with a pair of white gold climber earrings set with diamonds.
Here’s another look at the earrings, which are the “Plume” style from Chanel. They’ve been in Letizia’s jewelry collection since 2015. She finished off the look with her gold Karen Hallam ring.
Inside the castle, Queen Letizia and Prince Charles unveiled a plaque to officially open the new Spanish Gallery.
Both royals also signed the castle’s guestbook to mark the occasion.