Other royal events have been happening in the background of all of the Danish royal abdication and proclamation festivities, including the annual Pascua Militar events in Madrid. Here’s a look at the jewels worn by Queen Letizia for the parade and reception.
King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain were front and center at the Royal Palace in Madrid on January 6 for Pascua Militar, the traditional celebration of Epiphany Day. The tradition, which dates to the eighteenth century, was established by King Carlos III of Spain. The festivities include a military review outside the palace, followed by a reception inside.
King Felipe was dapper as usual in his uniform and decorations. There are a couple of pieces in particular that I’ll highlight here. Felipe is wearing the neck ribbon and badge of the Order of the Golden Fleece. He’s the Grand Master of the Spanish branch of the order, which was founded in January of 1430 (!). (For context, that’s a few months before Joan of Arc was captured while fighting in France.) His pink and white sash is part of the insignia of the Royal and Military Order of Saint Hermenegild, which was founded in 1814 by King Fernando VII. He’s also wearing four stars, representing the Order of Saint Hermenegild, the Order of Military Merit, the Order of Naval Merit, and the Order of Aeronautical Merit.
Felipe and Letizia’s elder daughter, the Princess of Asturias, now participates in the Pascua Militar parade and reception as well. She was also in uniform, wearing the necklet of the Order of the Golden Fleece and the sash and star of the Order of Carlos III. She wore small stud earrings as well, an appropriate choice for a woman in uniform.
For the parade and reception, Queen Letizia traditionally wears a long gown or a blouse with a long skirt. For the outdoor January parade, she also wore a warm, fur-trimmed wrap. It’s the same wrap she wore for the event in 2023.
Inside the palace, she removed the wrap to reveal a light gray silk blouse and a black column skirt.
She accessorized with a pair of delicate gold earrings.
The earrings have a ribbon design and a small pendant drop.
We previously saw Letizia wear the same earrings last May for the confirmation of her younger daughter, Infanta Sofia.
Here’s a close-up view of one of the earrings. I’m not sure what the gemstones set in the gold earrings might be. In some images, they look like diamonds, but here I see light pink and blue shades in the gems. That could also be diamonds sparkling in the light, I suppose? Not sure.
Queen Letizia finished off the look with her Coreterno ring, worn on the index finger of her left hand. She debuted the ring a year ago at the Pascua Militar parade and reception in January 2023.