Queen Letizia has resumed her solo agenda for 2024 after proudly watching her daughter debut in the most important military ceremony in the Spanish calendar. And she has done so by once again making headlines for her choice of clothing.
On 9th January, as Madrid is trapped in the cold embrace of an Arctic vortex, the Queen arrived at APRAMP Training Centre with a tweed jacket peeking under a black wool coat.
APRAMP stands for Asociación para la Prevención, Reinserción y Atención de la Mujer Prostituida, or Association for the Prevention, Reintegration and Care of Trafficked Women.
Upon her arrival, Her Majesty, who was making this visit in the company of the Equality Minister Ana Redondo, was welcomed by the APRAMP President its Director, who guided them through a tour of the facility.
Queen Letizia then sat down for a roundtable discussion about the association’s programmes, as well as a chat with both staff members and women benefitting from the services offered by APRAMP, which include training for new skills, such as fashion.
And this is where the tweed jacket she was wearing came into play, as it forms part of the newest collection that designer Úlises Mérida created in collaboration with the women of APRAMP.
However, this is not the first piece that Queen Letizia has worn from this line, which is called LIBRE (“free”); the gray dress she debuted in 2021 was also a MéridaxLIBRE design, as was the flower and paisley blouse she was seen sporting in 2022.
APRAMP was created with the aim of “building a society free of violence and exploitation, in which people can get back freedom and dignity” by offering “total attention to women and girls with a focus on human rights from a gender-specific perspective”.
In order to do that, they enroll women in specific programmes, not only to support them psychologically through the journey of processing their trauma, but also by training them for skills that allow them to be reintegrated into society and find jobs that give them back their dignity, as well as freedom from exploitation and prostitution.
Queen Letizia has been working with APRAMP for quite a few years, as demonstrated by her wardrobe, and has now used the inevitable headlines about her wardrobe to bring further attention to the cause she was supporting.