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Queen Letizia wears long hidden jewellery with a romantic history

Queen Letizia has worn a very special but rarely seen set of jewellery for an important royal event.

The diamond and sapphire necklace was a wedding gift from her parents in law, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, but it hasn’t been worn publicly for almost twenty years.

The last time it was seen was at the glittering reception held in Madrid on the eve of the wedding of the then Prince Felipe and Letizia Ortiz.

However, as the now King Felipe and Queen Letizia hosted the annual diplomatic gathering at the Royal Palace in the Spanish capital, the gems were one again on show.

The Queen of Spain’s necklace is a simple design featuring the blue stones and sparkling diamonds that twist down to hold a giant pearl pendant.

Eagle eyed Spanish journalists, including royal commentator Nuria Tiburcio, spotted the gem as the royal reception unfolded.

The necklace was a particularly sentimental gift from King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia to their daughter in law. The gem had originally been given to Sofia for her own wedding.

However, the long hidden necklace wasn’t the only talking point when it came to Queen Letizia’s jewels. One of her bracelets came loose as she was greeting some of her guests and fell to the floor. King Felipe helped her to refasten it.

The annual reception sees the King and Queen greet the diplomatic body accredited in Madrid which currently consists of 126 embassies and around 800 consulates.

About author

Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.