Since the last Queen Letizia post went over pretty well, and Kate Middleton decided to go shopping in Norfolk instead of go to the SportsBall, let’s check back in with Leti for Black Friday. On Monday, November 24, Letizia joined her husband, King Felipe VI, attending the 75th anniversary of the Superior Council for Scientific Research (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas – CSIC) in Madrid. On Thursday, November 27, Letizia made a solo trip to Palma de Mallorca to preside over the opening of the XVII National Conference on Volunteering held at the Hospitality School of the University of the Balearic Islands.
Celebrating it’s 75th anniversary, the CSIC is the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain, the third largest in Europe, and seventh largest worldwide. The CSIC’s mission is the promotion, coordination, development and dissemination of scientific and technological research in order to contribute to the advancement of knowledge, and economic, social and cultural development. It is spread across all regions of Spain and employs over 15,000 people.
Felipe said in part:
El servicio a nuestra sociedad exige no bajar la guardia en los asuntos de ciencia, en el desarrollo de las nuevas tecnologías, el fomento de la innovación y en el impulso de la iniciativa emprendedora. A superar el desempleo, que es la primera preocupación de los españoles, contribuirán también -sin ninguna duda- tanto el crecimiento de la ciencia, como la innovación continua en todas las áreas de actividad -incluso también en la gestión y organización.
Service to our society requires continued vigilance in matters of science, in the development of new technologies, promoting innovation and the promotion of entrepreneurship. To overcome unemployment, which is the first concern of the Spaniards, without any doubt-also contribute both the growth of science, such as continuous innovation in all areas of activity even also in management and organization.
Letizia opened the 17th National Conference on Volunteering with a speech stressing the importance of recognizing volunteers and congratulating those recognized by the Conference before handing the winners their prizes. Topics discussed at the Conference are and will be: the main priorities of the European Union for the promotion and recognition of volunteering; sectoral analysis of the group; relevant legislation to respond to emerging needs; or explanation, by various speakers, of their individual and collective experiences of transformation through volunteering.
Letizia said in part:
Los grandes cambios empiezan por algo muy pequeño, algo casi imperceptible. En una tarde, por ejemplo, con un grupo de inmigrantes que necesita asesoramiento jurídico… o un rato con una anciana para quien la vida diaria es una escalada continua… o quizá una mañana de sábado organizando juegos para niños en un centro de acogida… Unos minutos, unas horas, pensando en los demás. Y actuando.
Big changes start with something small, something almost imperceptible. In one afternoon, for example, with a group of immigrants who need legal advice … or a time with an elderly woman for whom everyday life is a continuous climbing … or maybe a Saturday morning organizing games for children in a shelter …. Minutes, hours, thinking of others. And acting.
Let’s talk fashion. For the 75th anniversary of the CSIC, Letizia looked professional in a bright red Mango jacket, Mango Floral Print Blouse, black slacks and black Carolina Herrera heels, and a red purse by Tissa Fontaneda. She’s also wearing ruby drop earrings. I think Letizia looks great, and I much prefer this outfit to the next one. I love the red blazer. Kate has a red blazer, which I also love, that is similar but from a different designer (I believe Kate’s is Zara).
For the Volunteering Conference, Leti wore a Felipe Varela charcoal grey dress with ruffle detailing (which is actually a repeat from 2012, photo below), Malababa clutch and Magrit heels. For her jewelry, Leti is wearing a piece we’ve seen on Kate before: Links of London “Hope Egg” White Topaz earrings. She added some pop with the red lips, but I kind of think this outfit is a bit boring. I actually wish she’d switched these two outfits. Wore the more boring one when she was accompanying Felipe and not giving a speech of her own; then at the conference where she spoke, wore the outfit with more pizzazz. She still looks great, but I would have liked to see a bit more color, even a brighter bag would have worked.
**These translations are from Google Translate, so there may be mistakes.
Photos: Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos