Queen Letizia of Spain undertook a second joint engagement with Dr. Jill Biden, The First Lady of The USA, and visited the Reception, Care, and Referral Center (CREADE) Madrid. The First Lady is accompanying the President of the United States of America, Joseph R Biden Jr. for the 32nd NATO Summit that is being held in Spain on June 29th and 30th.
The center was the first of the four facilities of this type authorized by the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security, and Migration since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine to attend and provide work and residence permits to those displaced by the war.
It’s the same center that Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia visited with their parents in April of this year.
During the visit, Doña Letizia and Dr. Biden spoke with several of the Ukrainian families sheltered at the center and learned about the reality of the conflict and how the center has been helping them since arriving in Spain.
They also held a meeting with representatives of the institutions and organizations that help the users of the center with different services, from documentation to socio-labor guidance, passing through psychological and health care: Police, UNHCR, ACCEM, Spanish Red Cross, UNICEF, Mental Health Foundation and CEOE Foundation, in addition to the Ministry of Inclusion itself.
They were briefed about the objectives of the reception mechanism during the tour: guaranteeing an effective and dignified initial reception, accelerating the inclusion of displaced people through a multidimensional approach, and emphasizing care for the most vulnerable, such as children, orphans, or the wounded. In addition, it has provided the latest data available on the operation of the system: since the beginning of the invasion, 125,000 people from Ukraine have arrived in Spain and have obtained documentation.
Among the arrivals, 34% are children, of which 46% have already started school in Spain. 73% of adults are women. 48,000 of the people who arrived in Spain already have a Social Security number and 9,000 have found work.
The Pozuelo de Alarcón Reception, Attention, and Referral Center, located in a former Social Security Training Center, opened its doors on March 11. Since then, more than 20,000 people have been helped at its facilities, including 17,000 who have received temporary residence and work permits there. In addition to the refugee center in Pozuelo de Alarcón, there are three other centers for Ukrainians in Alicante, Barcelona and Malaga. Yesterday, The Queen and First Lady visited the AECC Headquarters. This is Dr. Biden’s first official visit to Spain and this week is the first time when both ladies have met for the first time.
Moving towards Queen Letizia Style – Queen Letizia chose a very professional and sleek look for the visit.
Letizia was wearing a white blazer suit from her go-to label Carolina Herrera that we last saw in May 2018 at the inauguration of the Electronic Biographical Dictionary (DBE). The ensemble consists of the fitted jacket that features a front pocket and the flared hem trousers.
Underneath the suit, she wore a beige-colored Hugo Boss short sleeve blouse with gathered pleats at the neckline. Thanks to Nuria for the id.
Letizia teamed up the look with Patrizia Pepe sandals that we first saw in 2017 during a Canary Islands visit. Another fabulous found by Nuria.
The Queen finished the whole look with Jose Luis Leaf Earrings and her Karen Hallam ring.