King Felipe and Queen Letizia attended the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

King Felipe and Queen Letizia attended the commemoration of 75th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

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Today, the Spanish King Felipe and Queen Letizia joined the world royals in Poland to attend the ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp in Brzezinka.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia attended the commemoration of 75th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau
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The camp was created in 1940 near Oswiecim, in occupied Poland. Initially, it’s mission was the imprisonment of the Polish detained during the mass raids, but ended up becoming the largest extermination centre for European Jews once deportations began in 1942.

About 1.4 million people who were deported to Auschwitz, about 1.1 million, of which about one million were Jews, are believed to have died there, according to data from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum.

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Some 900,000 Jews were killed in the gas chambers immediately after arriving at the camp and their bodies burned in the crematorium. In addition, about half of the 400,000 prisoners registered in the camp perished in it. Separated by ethnic groups, the figure included about 100,000 Jews, 70,000 Polish, more than 20,000 Gypsies and about 14,000 Soviet prisoners of war.

The field was composed of two parts. The so-called Auschwitz I camp, where there were about 15,000 prisoners, and the Birkenau camp, located about three kilometres from Oswiecim, where most of the victims were killed. Birkenau had more than 90,000 prisoners in 1944.

Several days before their release, the Germans forced almost 60,000 exhausted prisoners to march west to move them to other concentration camps. It is estimated that between 9,000 and 15,000 of them perished in that march of death. When the Soviet Red Army released the camp on January 27, 1945, only 7,000 prisoners were found.

 

During the visit, Felipe and Letizia were given a brief tour of the camp and were told the stories of horror behind the camp.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia attended the commemoration of 75th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau
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The Royal couple laid a wreath at the ‘Wall of the Death’ before joining the other Royals, Government Heads and dignitaries for the commemoration event.

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At the end of Ecumenical Prayers at the conclusion of the service, King Felipe and Queen Letizia joined survivors by the railway lines that had been constructed over the Nazi concentration camp’s main gate and was used to brought the prisoners to the camp. They listened to a series of moving speeches, and then entered the camp to leave memorial candles to honour the millions of people who lost their lives there.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia attended the commemoration of 75th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau
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Queen Letizia’s Best Looks of the Year

Queen Letizia of Spain's best looks of 2019

Queen Letizia in Zara Jumpsuit for BBVA Discussion
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2019 – An year of adventures, new styles and new connections is about to end. Queen Letizia of Spain had another busy year. Starting the year with annual Military Easter, Queen undertook 10 engagements in January alone.

Queen Letizia at IN Project
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On Style front that month the highlights were two Zara numbers that were unsurprisingly elegant and budget-friendly. She debuted a monochrome skirt from home label at a Palace audience, that wowed the royal style watchers. Her Zara Pleated Jumpsuit that we initially mistook for a dress set the tone of the year.

Queen Letizia wore white silk gown and floral tunic from Felipe Varela for Gala Dinner in Morocco
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February came with two state visits for the Spanish Queen. In the beginning, Felipe and Letizia visited the Kingdom of Morocco, where Queen showed how to be royally stylish and demure on the foreign land. Her white tulle tunic gown was the show-stopper while she kept rest of the tour wardrobe very professional yet elegant.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia at Gala dinner for Peru visit
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After Morocco State visit, Queen Letizia undertook 4 engagements before welcoming President and First Lady of Peru. During Peru state visit to Spain, we saw the return of two fan-favourites. The grey gown Spanish Queen chose on the pre-wedding gala dinner of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011. The gown was such a hit that famous Doll company Barbie designed a Queen doll based on this look.

Queen Letizia at Peru Reception in Nina Ricci Dove Gray Dress
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Letizia ended the month with another grey hit at Peru Reception – Nina Ricci Dress debuted in 2017.

Queen Letizia of Spain visited London to open an exhibtion wtih Prince Charles
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March was usually the calm but busy month for Spanish Queen. 2019 was not any exception. The highlight of the month was Queen Letizia’s return to the United Kingdom where she joined Prince Charles of Wales at an exhibition wearing a stunning Carolina Herrera number that made another comeback later in the year.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia in Argentina
King Felipe and Queen Letizia in Argentina

King Felipe and Queen Letizia are one of the busiest Royals in the world. That showed from the number of State visits they undertook.

Queen Letiai wore Pedro Del Hierro Dress in Argentina
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In March the couple travelled to Argentina, Where we saw Letizia in 5 stunning outfits – off-white midi dress by Pedro Del Hierro,

Queen Letizia at Gala Dinner in Argentina
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A teal midi frock at reception,

Queen Letizia wore orange red top and pants during Argentina visit
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A budget-friendly Zara trouser-tunic, A show-stopping red off-shoulder dress from Roberto Torretta and return of Massimo Dutti Ivory Pleated Dress with two-tone Print from 2018.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia hosted a reception in Argentina
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In April, keeping her style choices low-key, Queen Letizia of Spain undertook the annual Co-operation visit – this year the destination was Mozambique.

Queen Letizia in Floral Sandro dress for award ceremony
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May – the beginning of the summer – Queen rolled her sleeves and was back to work in full force. She undertook a total of 13 engagements in the month bringing back her elegant ASOS dress, and a new summer Sandro Dress.

Queen Letizia and Duchess of Cambridge at Order of Garter Service
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June brought us one of the historic moments. After completing 6 engagements in Spain, Letizia joined her husband King Felipe for the Annual Order of Garter Service with the British Queen Elizabeth, where we got our iconic picture – Queen Letizia with Duchess of Cambridge in one frame. Both ladies chose elegant monochrome for the day.

Queen Letizia in Baby Blue dress at Order of Merit Presentation
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Two days after the Service, Felipe and Letizia had a big moment, when their daughters joined them for the presentation of the Order of Merit at the Palace. Queen Letizia wore an elegant baby blue shift dress that is still unidentified.

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In the last month before the annual summer break, Letizia was out and about almost every day fulfilling the role of dutiful Spanish Queen while keeping the attention to the wardrobe minimum. Her style highlight was another budget-friendly Zara Tweed Dress with Gem Buttons debuted at Palace audience.

Queen Letizia of Spain dazzled in Monochrome Carolina Herrera at Swan Lake (10)
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I was not expecting anything big from Queen Letizia during the summer break in August – but the darling Queen of Spain still gave us stunning outfit inspirations during her off.

Queen Letizia in red Halter Neck dress at the Gala Dinner in Cuba
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Whether it was black and white Carolina Herrera dress or a UFO red halter dress or simple summer floral dress from Spanish label Adolfo Dominguez, we were spoiled with one after another stunning choice.

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Queen came back to work in September but decided to make it a month of recycling. She brought back pieces from her wardrobe one after another.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia at National Day Celebrations
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October is the most prominent month in the Spanish Royal Calender. The family lead the country at the Hispanic day – this year Queen chose a cute pink dress. That was followed by the Princess of Asturias Awards.

Queen Letizia dazzled in the 2nd skin top and pants at princess of asturias awards musical concert
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Queen started the style parade with a stunning ruffled top paired with black trouser from 2nd skin at the Musical Concert ahead of the awards.

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Next was another big return – She wore her wedding dress designer Pertegaz’s number after 15 years of her wedding to meet the winners of the awards.

Queen Letizia wore red Felipe Varela Dress to Princess of Asturias Awards 2019
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On Princess of Asturias Leonor’s big day when she presented her namesake awards for the first time, Queen chose a simple yet elegant red dress form her head designer Felipe Varela.

Queen Letizia wore green matilde Cano gown at the coronation of japanese king
Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia leave the Imperial Palace in Tokyo after attending Japanese Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony on Oct. 22, 2019. (Photo by Kyodo News via Getty Images)

As I said October is a big month –  so the national events were followed by two other big royal events. The Spanish Royal Couple attended the coronation of Japnese King. In the morning Letizia wore a green floral Matilde Cano gown.

Queen Letizia wore fuchsia Carolina Herrera gown at the enthronement gala of Japanese emperor
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While in the evening we saw a Princess style Carolina Herrera gown.

Queen Letizia wore Temperley London dress in South Korea
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The month ended with a State visit to South Korea during which Queen debuted British label Temperley London.

Queen Letizia wore Boss Danimala Printed Shirt Dress Carolina Herrera Croc-effect Leather Slingback pumps, Initials Insignia Satchel in cuba
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November was the month of something old and something new.

Queen Letizia wore Nina Ricci Mint Green Dress in Cuba
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The Spanish Queen joined her husband for the State Visit to the Cuba where we some real gems like Boss Danimala Printed Shirt Dress followed by mint blue Nina Ricci Number.

Queen Letizia wore Dries Van Noten Dress to Francisco Cerecedo Awards
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Letizia ended the month on the stylish note with Dries Van Noten black wool-blend Embellished Floral-Jacquard Dress at the journalism awards.

Queen Letizia of Spain cut an Elegant Figure in Black coat Dress at UN Health and Climate Change event
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This year December was a pretty light month, Queen undertook 8 engagements bringing us elegant black Carolina Herrera coat, heart-stealing black Hugo Boss fringe dress

Queen Letiza of Spain dazzled in black midi dress at ABC Newspaper awards
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and an edgy Uterque embroidered sweater.

Queen Letizia chose Uterque black embroidered sweater for FAD meeting
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Which one is your favourite look form the Spanish Queen?

Queen Letizia wore white Hugo Boss top and H&M Conscious Collection Linen-Silk Blend Long Skirt at UN Climate Change Conference
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Click Here to vote, voting is opened till and I will announce the result on January 14, 2020.

I wish all of you a very Happy New Year!! We will see Queen Letizia on January first week hopefully at the Military Easter.


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Duchess of Cambridge spend time with Nurses and Midwives

Duchess of Cambridge with Midwives and Nurses

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This week, ahead of the winter break it was reported that we can expect some news from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge over the holidays period. Well, here we have the first of the series. In November we found Duchess of Cambridge spend two days at the Kingston Hospital Maternity Unit in London learning more about Nurses and Midwives. The time spent was in relation to her beloved project ‘Early Years Intervention’ that we are expecting to have some big outcome this year.

Duchess of Cambridge with Midwives and Nurses
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January 1, 2020, marks the beginning of the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife and a major global effort to highlight an acute shortage of these crucial health workers. World Health Organization (WHO) selected 2020 to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives because it is the bicentenary of the birth of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale. The world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030.

Duchess of Cambridge with Midwives and Nurses
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On Friday, Palace released some photographs from the visit.

Duchess promotes Nursing Campaign and accepts two new Patronages
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In February 2018, Duchess of Cambridge became the patron of the Nurses 2020 Campaign and visited Guys and St. Thomas in London to officially launch the campaign.

Duchess of Cambridge with Midwives and Nurses
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Recognizing the work of Nurses and Midwives, the Duchess of Cambridge wrote an open letter of appreciation to all the Midwives across the country.

Dear Midwives,

Next year the world turns its attention to the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, and recognising and celebrating the humbling work that you and your colleagues do day in, day out, to improve the lives of others. You are there for women at their most vulnerable; you witness strength, pain and unimaginable joy on a daily basis.

Your work often goes on behind the scenes, and away from the spotlight. Recently however, I was privileged enough to witness a small section of it first hand, spending several days at Kingston Hospital’s Maternity Unit. Although this was not my first encounter with the care and kindness provided by midwives across the country, it gave me a broader insight into the true impact you have on everybody you help.

Over the last few years, I’ve dedicated a significant amount of my work to the Early Years – the pivotal period of development between pregnancy and the age of 5 where children build crucial .foundations for life. Your role in supporting this critical phase of development extends far beyond the complicated task of delivering a baby successfully.

The help and reassurance you provide for parents to be and parents of newborns is just as crucial. It goes a long way in building parents’ confidence from the start, with lifelong impact on the future happiness of their children.

The Early Years are more critical for future health and happiness than any other moment in our lifetime. Even before we are born, our mother’s emotional and physical health directly influences our development and by the age of 5 a child’s brain has developed to 90 per cent of its adult size. Your role at the very start of this period is therefore of fundamental importance.

During my time at Kingston, I accompanied community midwives on their daily rounds and was welcomed into people’s homes. I was truly touched by the trust that people placed in me, sharing their experiences and voicing their fears openly. I also spent time in hospital clinics and on post-natal wards. No matter the setting, I was continually struck by the compassion that those of you I spent time with showed, and the incredible work ethic you demonstrated on behalf of your entire profession – not only performing your rounds but working tirelessly through the night to support people that were at their most vulnerable.

The founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale – whose 200th anniversary we celebrate next year, once said: “I attribute my success to this: I never have or took an excuse” and it is that mantra that I have seen time and time again in all of my encounters with you. You don’t ask for praise or for recognition but instead, unwaveringly continue your amazing work bringing new life into our world. You continue to demonstrate that despite your technical mastery and the advancement of modern medicine, it is the human to human relationships and simple acts of kindness that sometimes mean the most.

So as we look ahead to next year, I want to thank you for all that you do. It has been a real privilege learning from you so far, and I look forward to meeting and learning from even more of you in the coming years and decades.

Catherine

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Thanking Duchess for her letter WHO tweeted, “We are delighted that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has recognized the value and importance of this work, sending a letter of appreciation to all midwives”.

Duchess of Cambridge with Midwives and Nurses
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The Queen and Princess Royal also have been a long champion of Nurses and Midwives. The Queen is the patron of the Royal College of Nursing while Anne supports The Royal College of Midwives.

Duchess of Cambridge with Midwives and Nurses
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In the pictures shared by the Palace, Catherine is wearing Michael Kors Printed Floral Midi Dress. Thanks to HeavenLM on Twitter for the id.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Michael Kors Printed Floral Midi Dress to spend time with Midwives and nurses
Michael Kors Printed Floral Midi Dress

The sold-out midi dress featured a v-neck, an all-over print, a belted waist, long sleeves, a mid-length and a straight hem.

Duchess of Cambridge Kiki 'Lauren' Yellow Gold Pave Diamond Leaf Earrings
Kiki ‘Lauren’ Yellow Gold Pave Diamond Leaf Earrings

The Duchess of Cambridge paired the dress with her Kiki Lauren Yellow Gold Pavé Diamond Leaf Earrings.

We might hear one or two more news from Cambridge household in the upcoming days. Then I expect to see the Duchess on Sunday Church Service next weekend.

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