Tonight, Queen Elizabeth II hosted a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in the honour of Spanish King Felipe and Queen Letizia during their 3 days visit to the United Kingdom.
Both Queen Elizabeth and King Felipe gave the speech at the banquet. Tonight this event was attended by the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Royal Anne, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Earl and Countess of Wessex.
State Banquet is a glittering formal affair and debatably the most awaited event of the state visit. And Queen Letizia dazzled in red Felipe Varela floor-length off-shoulder gown.
A look at the royal procession heading towards the banquet.
Fleur de Lys tiara
Queen Letizia wore the Fleur de Lys tiara – the most prominent royal jewel of Spanish royal family. This was the second time we saw Queen wearing this tiara.
Queen paired her look with Order of Carlos III. Earlier in the day, King Felipe was honoured by Queen Elizabeth today by bestowing the most ancient honour “order of the Garter” and tonight King proudly wore it.
Letizia finished her looks with Cartier diamond Bracelet and earrings.
Queen Letizia and King Felipe are in the UK for their 3 days state visit. After countering the English weather with a sunny bright yellow dress Queen Letizia chose a burgundy red colour for afternoon tea at Clarence House.
Giving a sartorial nod to the hosting nation Queen chose British label Burberry for the 2nd look of the day 1 of their State visit. Thanks, to @nuriatiburcio on Twitter for the dress ID.
As described on the official online store of Burberry, “A timeless and elegant trench dress made from satin-back crepe, Punctuated with buckle-trimmed epaulettes and a belted waist.”
The trench dress features long sleeves, concealed zipper at the back, hook-and-eye collar closer with storm shield. The dress originally retailed at £950 is available on sale for £475 right now at Burberry.
She paired the outfit with Prada nude heels and diamond and ruby hanging ‘Saudi’ earrings that she borrowed from her Mother-in-Law Queen Sofia.
Queen Letizia carried red Menbur clutch that we saw during Canary Island visit.
After having afternoon tea at Clarence House, King Felipe and Queen Letizia visited Westminster Palace where King addressed both houses of Parliament in excellent English.
Queen Letizia was the regal epitome of elegance in red while visiting Britain’s most significant part Parliament House.
Today, King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain started their first state visit to the UK. For their 1st Day of State Visit Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall greeted King Felipe and Queen Letizia at the hotel.
The 3 days long visit is a fully packed one that is aiming to strengthen the relationship between the two countries.
The visit starts with Prince Charles and Duchess accompanying the King and Queen to the Horse Guards Parade where Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh received them for their official welcome.
For the first engagement of the visit to the United Kingdom, Queen Letizia chose to wear sunny yellow to counter the British rainy weather.
Queen Letizia wore Felipe Varela summer tweed coat in vanilla Yellow with a lemon yellow silk dress from the same label. Both the pieces have macramé embroidery in white at the hemline.
Giving a node to the British custom Letizia matched her outfit with the yellow hat from designer Maria Nieto.
Queen paired her look with matching leather gloves and clutch (believed to be from Magrit).
Queen finished her look with Prada nude saloons that were already a part of Queen’s wardrobe.
Pearl and yellow gold earrings a loan from Queen Sofia complemented the look.
King Felipe and Duke of Edinburgh inspected the Guard of Honours while both Queens enjoyed the chat. UK welcomed Spanish royals in an extravagant full pomp and pageantry ceremony led by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.
After the official welcome ceremony, dozens of soldiers on horseback escorted both monarchs and their spouses in a spectacular procession down The Mall, which was decorated with Union Jack and Spanish flags.
King Felipe rode with the Queen in the 1902 State Landau, a gilded carriage built for the coronation of King Edward VII.
While Prince Philip travelled with Letizia in a separate carriage.
At Buckingham Palace, Spanish Monarchs posed for the official photographs and enjoyed a private lunch with the members of the British royal family.
King Felipe and Queen Letizia stayed at Belgian Suite of Buckingham palace for their stay.
After the welcome ceremony, Spanish Monarchs joined Queen Elizabeth and Duke of Edinburgh to view the exhibition in the picture gallery of Buckingham Palace.
Royal Couples at the exhibition.
They were also joined by Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke of Cambridge, Earl and Countess of Wessex.