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All the pictures from the Spanish State Banquet

Last night, Her Majesty hosted King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain at Buckingham Palace for the State Banquet part of the Spanish State Visit.

The younger senior Royals held their ground, with Prince Harry attending his first ever State Banquet and the Duchess of Cambridge stealing the show in the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara, pearl earring that are thought to be from Diana, Princess of Wales private jewellery collection and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Bandeau Necklace- a necklace on loan from The Queen completing her pale pink Marchesa gown. One of the Duchess’s more risky looks with the plunging neckline.

Guests of honour, Queen Letizia stunned in a red gown by Spanish fashion house Loewe and a sky-high tiara which once was the wedding present from King Alfonso XIII to his wife, Princess Victoria Eugenie.

Queen Elizabeth, Princess Anne and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex all chose to wear aquamarine gems.

Before the banquet, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall hosted King Felipe and Queen Letizia at Clarence House for tea. The Duchess of Cornwall wore what is seeming to be her favourite tiara, the Boucheron Greville and debuting the Snowflake Earrings by Van Cleef and Arpels.

Prince Harry is taking a larger role this State Visit, attending both the State Banquet last night and accompanying the Spanish Royal couple to lay a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Solider today before King Felipe meets with Theresa May.

This is expected to be the last State Visit for the Duke of Edinburgh before he retires in the autumn.

Both Queen Elizabeth and King Felipe addressed the guests, Her Majesty’s speech can be read here.

  • L

    The red gown is not Loewe, please remove

  • Lorna

    I read that Queen Letizia’s gown is from Felipe Varela .. so I think this article needs to be checked and edited appropriate.

  • hej0718

    “All” the photos? Maybe I’m missing something…but I like the photo of Princess Anne – the aquamarines suit her!

  • vegastearoom

    Can anyone post a video on how to fold a Dutch Cap napkin?

  • wildrose

    Greetings,
    There is just something about King Felipe and Queen Letizia that grabs your attention. I am not writing about the “clothes” but the King and Queen themselves. These Royals, like the Danish, Swedish, Dutch, Belgian etc bring something extra to the table. Highly educated, style, grace, dignity and a work ethic that would run most of the BRF ragged with the exeption of The Queen, Prince Philip, The Princess Royal, Prince Charles and the quiet achievers like Sophie (Prince Harry also to a great extent). Along with King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan the Spainish Royals as well as the others mentioned seem more in touch with reality. They are not hiding behind walls, using their children as PR stunts, or making excuses not to do the hard yards.

    Many may disagree however have thought for a long time now that the Cambridges are out of touch and miss the mark no matter where they are in the succession line – too many excuses, too many years spent almost bone idle with the excuse of raising children but never shy away from spending money on excessive things and the look of sheer boredom on their faces when duty and service are the two most important foundations that a monarchy will stand or fall on.

    The last few days have been great to see not only Her Majesty but also a King and Queen who have the same sense of responsibility even though they are almost 46 years younger than herself.

    Have a good evening.

    • Bruce Wallace

      I think the Queen also gets the point which may be why the Duchess of C is still to be granted the Royal Family Order by the Queen, after six years in the family. Camilla received it, despite all her baggage, after two years. It’s quite odd. That said, William does have the Order of the Garter.

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