On Monday evening, Queen Letizia of Spain made a particularly glamorous gala appearance in Berlin, pairing diamonds and rubies with a bright red evening gown.
King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain made a three-day state visit to Germany early this week. On the first evening of the visit, they were the guests of honor at a state dinner hosted by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife, Elke Büdenbender, at Bellevue Palace. Interestingly, King Felipe is a direct descendant of the Hohenzollerns, the German imperial family that once occupied the castle, through his late grandmother, Queen Friederike of the Hellenes.
For the dinner, Queen Letizia reached into her archives for a dramatic red evening gown by Stella McCartney. The dress features an interesting half-cape detail draped over the right shoulder.
She previously wore the dress in April 2017 for a private birthday party for King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands in The Hague.
Here’s a look at the back of the dress, including the cape, which falls to a short train. Letizia is walking into the dinner with Ms. Büdenbender here, who wore the same modern gold necklace that she wore for the state visit from Queen Margrethe II of Denmark last November.
With the Stella McCartney gown, Letizia wore a fabulous pair of diamond and ruby earrings from her jewelry box. The earrings have a sort of modern chandelier/fringe design, with petite ruby drops suspended from the diamonds.
I’ve theorized that the earrings may have been in Letizia’s collection for around 15 years, but she didn’t debut them in public until February 2017.
She also paired them with the Stella McCartney gown for that royal birthday celebration in the Netherlands a few weeks later.
Here’s another look at the earrings from Monday evening’s state dinner.
Letizia added two more accessories to her look as well: her gold Karen Hallam ring and a diamond and ruby bracelet.
The bracelet has definitely been in Letizia’s collection since at least 2007. She also wears it in the photograph above, taken at the Princess of Girona Awards in June 2018.
Here’s a close-up view of both the bracelet and the ring from Monday’s dinner, showing the circle and flower design motifs of the bracelet in nice detail.