Queen Letizia went all of 2016 without wearing a tiara, but she kicked off 2017 with a bang, wearing the biggest tiara in the Spanish Royal Family collection for her first State Visit of the year. Also in this post updates from Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Madeleine, and Princess Charlene.
On February 22, King Felipe and Queen Letizia hosted a State Visit from the President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, and his wife, Juliana Awada. There was an official welcome at the Royal Palace of Madrid during the day, and in the evening there was a State Banquet.
Letizia brought out the big guns for Argentina, opting for the Fleur de Lys Tiara for the first time.
The Fleur de Lys Tiara dates from 1906, when King Alfonso XIII of Spain bought the tiara as a wedding gift for his wife, Queen Victoria Eugenia. The diamond tiara was made by Ansorena and features three large fleur de lys designs connected by scrolls of diamonds. The fleur de lys is the symbol of the House of Bourbon and features on their coat of arms.
The tiara was last worn by Queen Sofia in June 2014.
Letizia wore a simple black velvet Felipe Varela gown which showcased all the diamonds and sash she was wearing. In addition to the Fleur de Lys Tiara, Leti wore a pair of large diamond earrings, two large diamond bracelets, and a diamond fleur de lys brooch. Leti wore sash and star of the Order of the Liberator General San Martin (Argentina), which is very wide.
Juliana Awada wore a dusty pink embellished gown and the sash and star of the Order of Isabella the Catholic (Spain).
For just the dresses, I like Juliana’s gown the best, but overall nothing can beat Letizia’s tiara.
On February 22, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall launched the Great Get Together with a reception at Clarence House. The Great Get Together encourages people to get together with their neighbors one weekend in June to celebrate Britain’s diverse communities. It is a collaboration between The Big Lunch and the Jo Cox Foundation. Camilla is Patron of The Big Lunch.
Camilla got in the Clarence House kitchens with celebrity chefs Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver to ice some cupcakes. The cupcakes were then given to guests at the reception.
Clarence House released the cupcake recipe if you would like to take a look at it here.
In a short address at the reception, Camilla said:
“I don’t want to make a speech but I would like all of you who have got a glass in their hand to raise it and drink a toast to the Big Lunch and The Great Getogether and may it go from strength to strength. I also hope and know that wherever Jo is now she would be looking down proudly and seeing what a wonderful job you are doing.”
After stepping in for her sister on Monday’s State Visit from Canada, Princess Madeleine jetted off to New York City for a Childhood USA board meeting.
Madeleine wore another Vilshenko shirt, a black floral embroidered blouse.
Of February 24, Princess Charlene attended the AMREF (African Medical and Research Foundation) gala in Monaco. The gala was a partnership between AMREF and the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation to raise funds for a common project which concentrates on teaching children in the Kilifi county, located on the Kenyan coast, about water hygiene as well as being safe in and around water.
Charlene gave a speech at the gala, saying:
“It is great to be with you all this evening in this beautiful venue to raise funds for the Kilifi Project. As you know, I care passionately about putting an end to drowning. It is excellent to be working in partnership with the AMREF Flying Doctors and I thank everyone here for supporting this exciting initiative. Currently we are working in six schools in Kenya – delivering programmes in hygiene education, learn to swim and water safety. As we enter phase two of the project we are now looking to consolidate and expand our work in the region. Together we will save lives. Thank you.”
Charlene wore a gold sequined gown from Akris which looks fantastic on her. She also wore some gorgeous diamond earrings.