Queen Letizia attended the final of this edition of FameLab, the seventh in Spain of this contest of scientific monologues, which aims to promote the dissemination of science through an innovative format, combined with wit and humor.
After Queen took her seat, an audiovisual about FameLab was screened, and Eduardo Aldán, television presenter and monologist announced the eight monologists who participated in the final, with an individual exhibition of approximately 3 minutes. , which the jury assessed at the end of each one.
FameLab is an international scientific monologue contest that was first held in 2005 based on an original idea of the Cheltenham Festival. Its main objective is to promote the dissemination of science by identifying, training and making new talents known, new spokespersons for science through an innovative format, the scientific monologue. In this edition, it has the collaboration of Obra Social “la Caixa”.
Since 2007, thanks to the association of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology and British Council Spain, Famelab has become global event, with competitions being held today in more than 30 countries in Europe, Asia and Africa and also the United States. Worldwide there are already more than 8,000 scientists who have participated in any of its editions. In Spain, seven editions of growing success have already been celebrated, filling theaters and popularizing a new format of scientific dissemination that has burst in force: the scientific monologue, programmed by cultural entities throughout the country.
Queen Letizia presented the trophies to the winners that invovles a first prize of a ticket to travel to the international final of FameLab in Cheltenham-United Kingdom.
For the event, Queen Letizia chose to brought back a fan favourite.
She was wearing a navy Mango Jumpsuit that she first wore in March 2015 at Children’s Literacy Awards Ceremony.
Letizia paired the outfit with blue suede Carolina Herrera Pumps.
She was also carrying the bag from same label – Baret clutch.
Today the Duchess of Cambridge visited Bletchley Park to view a special D-Day exhibition in the newly restored Teleprinter Building, marking the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
The historic Bletchley Park Teleprinter Building was where Codebreakers received hundreds of thousands of enemy messages, intercepted at secret listening posts across the UK, throughout the Second World War.
It played a major role in World War Two, producing secret intelligence which had a direct and profound influence on the outcome of the conflict. Using sophisticated codebreaking techniques, workers at Bletchley Park fed crucial information to Allied forces in the critical months, weeks and days leading up to D-Day on 6th June 1944.
Over the past twenty years Bletchley Park has become an internationally renowned heritage attraction, visited by people from around the world, which acknowledges the successes from the War and the people responsible for them. It celebrates their values: broad-minded patriotism; commitment; discipline; technological excellence. By presenting and explaining these achievements and these values, in the very place where they occurred, Bletchley Park brings together the dramatic history of the twentieth century with the challenges we face in the twenty first in our rapidly changing and technologically complex society.
The building is now hosting a special exhibition D-Day: Interception, Intelligence, Invasion. The exhibition includes an immersive film, based on newly declassified material, which shows how the intelligence effort coordinated at Bletchley Park helped specifically in the success of the D-Day landings at Normandy.
The exhibition that opened on Aprill 11 this year will remain open for a decade and will close on April 11, 2029. Featuring a specially commissioned film projected on a 22m screen, the audio-visual experience is located in the newly restored Teleprinter Building where hundreds of thousands of intercepted messages first arrived at Bletchley Park from secret listening posts across the UK, and Ultra intelligence was transmitted to Allied headquarters.
The Duchess viewed the interactive exhibition and meet with Veterans – Rena Stewart, Georgina Rose, Elizabeth Diacon & Audrey Mather in the Mansion who worked together to deliver the restoration of the building.
Duchess talking to the veterans.
Catherine got a very pleasant surprise. On the Codebreakers’ Wall, two bricks are dedicated to her Veteran relatives, her grandmother Valerie Glassborow, and Great Aunt Mary, who worked at the Bletchley Park during the Second World War.
Duchess observing the memorial wall.
She then met schoolchildren taking part in one of Bletchley Park Trust’s learning activities.
An immersive workshop based on the new exhibition allows pupils to take on the role of codebreakers in June 1944, intercepting and deciphering German communications in order to understand their order of battle and decide whether the Operation Fortitude deception plans have been successful.
The mother of three kids, Catherine was totally at ease with kids during the session.
The Duchess of Cambridge visited Bletchley Park in 2014, following the restoration of the exhibition and heritage site. During the visit, Catherine met with veteran codebreakers who worked at Bletchley alongside her grandmother Valerie Glassborow, and her twin sister Mary, during the Second World War.
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Catherine topped her look with a golden pin that is still unidentified. I believe the pin either represents the Bletchley Park and the World War Secret Code Decoding or the veterans. hernameispekka on Twitter suggested that it could be a piece belonging to Duchess’ Great-Grandmother Valerie who worked at Bletchley Park.
I will leave you with this lovely shot of Duchess. Next Week Catherine will be revealing her ‘Back to Nature’ Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. It is believed, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend at least 1 Garden Party hosted at Buckingham Palace so I am expecting another appearance soon.
King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain together presided over the act commemorating 175th anniversary of Civil Guards at the Royal Palace in Madrid.
The event took place at the Armory Square of the Royal Palace, where upon arrival King and Queen were received by the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón and the General Director of the Civil Guard, Félix Vicente Azón Vilas.
After accessing the Royal Tribune, Felipe and Letizia received Honors, with salvos in charge of the Royal Battery.
Next King Felipe reviewed the troops.
After receiving the formal ascent from King, the commemoration acts were initiated with the reading of the extract of the Foundational Decrees of the Civil Guard of March 28 and May 13, 1844.
The parades were held by the Air Force and Land Units. The Civil Guard is a Public Security Corps of military nature and national scope that is part of the State Security Forces and Corps.
Its origin dates back to March 28, 1844 when by Royal Decree, the Civil Guard is created as a “special corps of armed force of Infantry and Cavalry”, with “the denomination of Civil Guards”. In order to organize this new force, Field Marshal Francisco Javier Girón y Ezpeleta, II Duque de Ahumada, is commissioned.
Deployed throughout the national territory, with more than 2000 facilities and a number of personnel that exceeds 80,000, it is this human potential, the women and men that make up the Armed Institute, which makes possible the fulfillment of the entrusted task, for which the Institution tries to equip itself also with the most adequate material means.
For the day, Queen chose a very elegant and stylish look. She was wearing a two-tone Carolina Herrera fitted midi dress. Thanks to Nuria Tiburcio for the id.
The bespoke baby pink dress featured a round neckline, elbow length sleeves and contrasted black panel at the sleeves, waistline and bodice. The structured silhouette of the dress gave it a very regal look.
Queen paired the dress with her nude Prada Pumps.
She was carrying a matching nude Magrit patent leather clutch.
Her Chanel ‘Plume’ white gold diamond earrings finished the whole look.