Queen Letizia of Spain began the Royal week with the closing ceremony of the XIV Call for Social Projects “Euros from your Payroll”. Last week after attending the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in London, Queen Letizia flew to New York for 2 very busy days where she attended various UNICEF meetings and events before visiting Columbia University with the First Lady of the United States to mark the ‘World Cancer Research Day’.
The Call for Social Projects ‘Euros from your Payroll’ is an initiative of Santander Bank to promote projects that improve society. This year marks the XIV edition, in which the twelve winning social projects will receive a contribution to be able to develop their project. The project has thousands of employees involved in social causes and who support the Ngo’s daily work to help the most vulnerable groups.
Nearly 200 associations have presented their projects in this new edition in four categories – international cooperation, disability, health, social exclusion and early childhood education- with 32 finalists and 12 winning projects, each receiving 44,759 euros from the “Euros from your Payroll” fund.
In this edition, a total of 537,114 euros have been raised from the “Euros from your Payroll” fund. The fund is mostly financed by the Santander Bank employees who made huge donations to the program and the bank contributes to matching the amount provided by the employees.
Since this solidarity program was launched fourteen years ago, 4.6 million euros have been distributed among 122 NGO initiatives in Spain and nearly 600,000 beneficiaries have been helped.
Winners of this year’s fund are – the Kirira Foundation in International Cooperation, the Aprocor Foundation in the area of disability, the social inclusion award went to APRAMP, and Moms in Action won in the health category.
This year, in addition to recognizing the twelve winners of the Call, special recognition has been given to the work of the five social entities with which the bank has collaborated the most throughout the year: Spanish Association Against Cancer, Fundación ONCE, Red Cross, UNHCR and EAR.
Speaking at the event, Queen Letizia said, “The civil society of our country is strong, supportive, and powerful in many areas: assistance, care, accompaniment, defence of people who do not have recognized rights, or are being violated, or are in a situation of helplessness, vulnerability, loneliness, suffering… it is worth thinking about others, it is about looking at what is happening around us and getting started, observing our surroundings and asking ourselves how we can improve the lives of people who need it“.
During the event, a 90-years old bank client, Marujita requested a hug from The Queen. The 50-years old Spanish Queen was more than happy to oblige. Getting up from her seat once she heard the request from her back row, Queen Letizia walked toward Marujit and gave her a big affectionate hug.
Moving towards Queen Letizia Style – Queen Letizia of Spain chose a simple, professional yet stylish outfit for the day.
She was wearing a Navy Blazer in classic Letizia style that still remains unidentified.
Update: Queen Letizia was wearing Carolina Herrera Patch Blazer jacket. Thanks to letizia_de_princesa_a_reina and UFONoMore for the id.
Letizia teamed up the blazer with her Hugo Boss Iyabo Sleeveless Top that she first wore in October 2019 during a visit to Murcia. The $278 Iyabo Knotted Neck Stretch Silk Top was described as, “A self-accessorizing shell is styled with a knot detail at the fold-over neckline and cut from stretch silk for easy, elegant drape”.
And we saw the return of her sky blue Hugo Boss High-waisted Pencil Skirt that first debuted in June 2019 at the Royal Spanish Academy meeting. The £199 skirt from the label’s 2018 collection was described as, “A streamlined skirt by BOSS Womenswear, designed in Portuguese bonded micro fabric features a fabric belt with a covered buckle and metal eyelets at the high waist. This midi-length pencil skirt offers a regular rise, flattering dividing seams and a front slit at the right knee.”
Letizia paired the outfit of the day with her navy suede Carolina Herrera slingback pumps
and a matching blue Carolina Herrera bag.
Her Jose Luis leaf earrings and
Karen Hallam’s ring finished the look.
Tomorrow, Queen Letizia will Open the Professional Training Course 2022/2023 at the CIFP Aguas Nuevas in Albacete. The opening of the professional courses is one of the staple events of the Queen’s Autumn calendar.