Spanish King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia were joined by King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía at the commemorative Mass on the 25th anniversary of the death of the Count of Barcelona.
Don Felipe and Doña Letizia presided at the Basilica of the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial the commemorative mass, whereupon their arrival they were received by the president of the Council of Administration of the National Patrimony, Alfredo Pérez de Armiñán, and the father who offered the holy water and the Lignum Crucis.
At the beginning of the Mass, officiated by Monsignor Juan del Río, Archbishop of Castile, the National Anthem was performed. After the liturgy, the royal couples went to the Chapter Rooms where they greeted the attendees.
The ceremony was attended by some 250 people, including the relatives of the King; the Royal Family of Bulgaria; and from Portugal, personalities with links to Spain.
The Count of Barcelona died on April 1, 1993, at age 79. Don Juan was heir to the Crown since the abdication of his father, King Alfonso XIII, in January 1941 and renounced all his dynastic rights in favour of his son Don Juan Carlos in May 1977, a year and a half after the latter was proclaimed King.
For the somber event, Queen Letizia donned an all-black outfit.
Her Elena Carrera white gold and diamond Mini Butterfly Earrings finished the look of the day.