King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain began the last day of the German state visit with a visit to the Frankfurt Book Fair at the Messe Frankfurt Congress Center. The Royal couple is visiting Germany at the invitation of German President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier. After a ceremonial welcome ceremony on Monday, Felipe and Letizia have been undertaking various engagements in Berlin and Frankfurt.
Felipe and Letizia arrived in Frankfurt yesterday and undertook two engagements with the President and First Lady. The Royal couple stayed at the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof hotel in Frankfurt during their time in the city. Today, they were received by the Minister of Culture and Sports; the Minister of Culture of the Federal Republic of Germany; the director of the Cervantes Institute; the general director of Books and the Promotion of Reading, and the president of the Spanish Cultural Action.
The Frankfurt Book Fair is the world’s largest trade fair for books, based on the number of publishing companies represented. It is considered to be the most important book fair in the world for international deals and trading. Spain is the guest of honour at this year’s event. It’s the second time Spain was honoured at the event the last being in 1991.
At the Bookfair, Felipe and Letizia visited various stalls and met with authors, publishers and agents. Queen Letizia is very fond of reading and the Madrid Book fair is one of the staple events of her royal calendar back home. With some 80,000 new titles each year, the Spanish book market is one of the largest in the world. The publishing sector is the main cultural industry in Spain and constitutes an important engine of growth for the country.
Then The King and Queen headed towards an area of the book fair called ARTS+, where the art and design publishers and exhibitors were located, visiting Stand H97 they saw the “Illustration, a visual literature” exhibition. Stand F41: Exhibition “The Falla libretto: a cultural opportunity”. Valencia, capital of design. Stand E30: Exhibition “The House of Walter Benjamin”.
The Bookfair is also hosting a special exhibition “El Prado en las calles” that has many masterpieces from the National Museum of El Pardo on display as part of the collaboration between both countries.
Next, the King and Queen had two separate engagements, While King Felipe headed towards the European Central Bank (ECB) Queen Letizia headed for the Cervantes Institute. King Felipe is the Honorary President of Cervantes Institute.
The Cervantes Institute is a public institution founded by Spain in 1991 for the promotion and teaching of the Spanish language and for the dissemination of Spanish and Latin American culture. With two headquarters in Madrid and in Alcalá de Henares, the birthplace of the writer Miguel de Cervantes, the Institute’s centres is spread over four continents.
The Cervantes Institute, which was installed in Germany at the beginning of the 1990s, has five centres in Germany: Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Bremen. More than 150,000 people residing in Germany have learned or perfected their Spanish after passing through its classrooms.
Today, some 800,000 people study Spanish in Germany. Spanish is the third foreign language in secondary education: more than half a million secondary school students study it every year. Four out of five of them attend general education, and the rest in vocational training centres. At university, Spanish studies are in fourth place. Queen Letizia attended a discussion and debate at the institute. Then King Felipe arrived at the institute to join his wife after conducting his solo agenda.
The Royal couple met with the members of the local Hispanic community and learnt about their lives at a home away from home.
This was King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain’s last engagement in the country and then they headed for home.
Now to the last outfit of Queen Letizia during the tour – Queen Letizia of Spain chose a chic and professional look for the last day of the tour.
Queen Letizia was wearing Hugo Boss Sabarbie Cropped Leather Jacket. The jacket is an old piece and comes with a matching skirt that Letizia has had in her wardrobe since 2019 so I am assuming she also has had the jacket in her wardrobe since then.
Queen Letizia paired the jacket with a matching Hugo Boss Selrita Pencil Skirt that she first wore in 2019 during a South Korea visit. The £369.00 skirt was described as, “A chic pencil skirt by BOSS Womenswear, crafted in lambskin with a super-soft feel. Cut to a straight fit for a flattering silhouette, this sleek skirt is designed with a back vent and smooth lining.”
Today Letizia teamed up the skirt suit with Hugo Boss Banika Pussycat Bow Blouse that she first wore in 2015.
Letizia teamed up the outfit with Magrit suede- Leather-trimmed pumps and
carried a matching Magrit ‘Mara’ Crocodile Effect Leather Clutch Bag.
Queen Letizia of Spain wore Gold and Roses Needle earrings
and her Karen Hallam ring.
You can read more about Queen Letizia’s tour-style details and engagements here.