King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain had their first away day of 2023 and visited Menorca for a day full of engagement. The Spanish Royal Couple is heading for a busy Royal year with lots of domestic and overseas engagement calendars shaping up.
Felipe and Letizia’s first stop of the year was Port of Mahón on King’s Island. The King and Queen were received by the President of the Balearic Islands. The visit began with a catamaran tour of King’s island where the president of the Isla del Rey Hospital Foundation gave a brief historical overview of the location.
King’s Island The island, also known as The Bloody Island, is located in the centre of the port, between Mahón and Es Castell. Two sets of architectural interests stand out on the island: the remains of the early Christian basilica and the old military hospital. This British-built building was the site of the old military hospital from the 18th century until the 1960s. It occupies a large part of the island and is located in the highest place.
It has a U-shaped plan facing east. In 1964 it was abandoned when the new military hospital was built in the city of Mahón. At that time, the hospital had 40 wards for the sick, different rooms for doctors, nurses and other workers and all the necessary laundry, pharmacy and kitchen services, as well as three cisterns and a bathroom. In 1784, the Spanish endowed it with a chapel, dedicated to San Carlos.
Next, at the Chamber of Commerce, the Royal couple watched a video projection on the history of the island and its restoration. Then the couple toured the Pharmacy, the Chapel of San Carlos Borromeo and the Interpretation Center of the Port of Mahón. The tour continued through the Laboratory and Ophthalmology, the Rome Memorial Room (dedicated to the stay on King’s Island of the survivors of the sinking of the Italian battleship “Roma” during World War II), the Anglican Chapel and the Sacristy.
The next stop of the day was the Hauser and Wirth art gallery. And then King Felipe and Queen Letizia headed for the Llabrés Pharmacy.
King Felipe and Queen Letizia signed the Book of Honor and visited some panels explaining the restoration process of the pharmacy.
Next, Their Majesties the King and Queen went to the Teatre des Born in Ciutadella, to preside over the opening ceremony of the Llabrés Pharmacy.
The Llabrés Pharmacy is a rehabilitated space thanks to the Hesperia Foundation and the Menorca Island Council, which will be used for the activities and workshops of the social entity, and for visits by citizens. The last agenda of the day was the opening ceremony of the Farmacia Llabrés at the Theater des Born.
The ceremony ended with a musical performance by the Isla de Menorca Chamber Orchestra organized by the Juventudes Musicales de Ciutadella.
Now to Queen Letizia’s Style of the day – the Spanish Queen debuted a new look for the day.
Queen Letizia was wearing an &Other Stories oversized wool coat in an Oatmeal shade. Thanks to letizia_de_princesa_a_reina for the outfit details. The $249 coat was described as an “Oversized wool coat featuring a tonal self-tie belt and banana sleeves.”
Letizia of Spain was wearing Mango printed Blondi Midi dress. The $119.99 dress featured a straight printed design with a high collar, long ruched sleeves, gathered detail at the waist, and inner lining with keyhole detail on the back with button fastening. The dress is currently on sale for $45.99.
Queen Letizia paired the outfit with black Unisa Luke Boots. The €159.99 boots were described as, “Square toe boots made in leather and leather effect stretch fabric with a zip on the inside. Wide heel 6cm high in a matching colour. Light, flexible, non-slip rubber sole.” They are available on sale for €139.90.
She was carrying her Adolfo Dominguez Vachetta Shoulder Bag.
The Queen was wearing her Gold & Roses Shewel Triple Hoops
and her new Coreterno Amor Che Tutto Move Ring.
Next, we will see Queen Letizia on Monday when she will join King Felipe, King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia, Infanta Elena and Infanta Christina at the funeral of King Constantine II, the Last Monarch of Greece. The King was the elder brother of Felipe’s Mother, Queen Sofia. The King died this week at the age of 82.