Today’s Sparkling Spotlight shines on Queen Letizia of Spain, who celebrated her 50th birthday earlier this month. To join in the festivities, we’re taking a closer look at a gorgeous tiara appearance from 2019.
In February 2019, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain hosted President Martin Vizcarra of Peru and his wife, Maribel Diaz, for an official dinner at the Royal Palace in Madrid.
Queen Letizia wore a classic strapless evening gown by Felipe Varela for the gala dinner. The dress, which features elaborate floral embroidery, is in a lavender-gray shade. She previously wore the dress for a pre-wedding gala during the wedding celebrations for Prince William and Catherine Middleton in London in April 2011. This time around, she pinned the sash and star of her highest Peruvian decoration, the Order of the Sun of Peru, to the dress.
Diamonds were Queen Letizia’s accessory of choice for the gala dinner, picking up on the silvery embroidery of the dress. The floral designs of the gown were echoed in her choice of tiara: the Spanish Floral Tiara, a nineteenth-century sparkler made in Britain. The jewel, given to Queen Maria Cristina by her husband, King Alfonso XII, is a naturalistic, asymmetrical floral jewel.
With the tiara, Queen Letizia also wore the diamond earrings that she debuted on her wedding day in May 2004. They were a gift from her new parents-in-law, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia.
Queen Letizia finished off this gala look with one of the gorgeous diamond bracelets from the joyas de pasar collection. Part of a matched pair, the bracelets originally belonged to King Felipe’s great-grandmother, Queen Ena of Spain.
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