Queen Letizia finished her royal week with Audiences before 46th Birthday

Queen Letizia received audience
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Queen Letizia of Spain is celebrating her 46th birthday tomorrow. Before a quiet birthday on Saturday, Queen today finished her week of royal duties with two audiences at the Royal Palace.

Queen Letizia received audience
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In the morning, the Queen has received in audience a representation of “Professional Women’s Network Madrid”, a non-profit association that promotes gender equality through the professional development of women and the encouragement of active networking with the institutional environment and business.

Queen Letizia received audience
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PWN Madrid is a non-profit organization that aims to accelerate the pace of change around the gender balance to adapt it to the current social reality and business demand. To do this, it focuses its activity on promoting professional careers, leadership and female entrepreneurship through active training, mentoring, networking and sponsoring programs.

Queen Letizia received audience
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Later in the day, Queen received a representation of the Children’s University Hospital “Niño Jesús”, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.

Queen Letizia received audience
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The Niño Jesús University Children’s Hospital is a pioneer in the pediatric speciality in Spain and since its foundation, in 1977, it is a pediatric health centre of reference nationwide. The scientific and research work has been reinforced in the last two years thanks to the start-up of the Foundation for Biomedical Research of the Niño Jesús University Children’s Hospital for Biomedical Research. It is currently one of the most ambitious projects facing the Hospital.

Queen Letizia received audience
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For the day at the Palace, Queen chose to recycle one of her most chic and stylish looks. She brought back the look she wore in April this year at “la Caixa” scholarship granted by the “la Caixa” Banking Foundations.

Queen Letizia received audience
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She wore BOSS Viplisa Print Skirt that she debuted in November 2017 when she and King Felipe offered lunch to Palestine President at the Palace.

Queen Letiiza BOSS Viplisa Print Skirt
BOSS Viplisa Print Skirt

She paired the skirt with BOSS ‘Frankie’ cuff detail sweater that she premiered in April 2018 at “la Caixa” scholarship granted by the “la Caixa” Banking Foundations.

BOSS 'Frankie' cuff detail sweater
BOSS ‘Frankie’ cuff detail sweater

She paired the outfit with bespoke animal printed python Pumps from Magrit that she premiered in April this year when she welcomed Portuguese President.

Magrit Pumps
Magrit Pumps

Her trustee Chanel Comete earrings finished her simple and stylish look.

 

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Queen Letizia Chanel Comète Earrings
Chanel Comète Earrings

 

 

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Queen Letizia opened the School Year

Queen Letizia opened Academic year
Queen Letizia opened Academic year
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Today Queen Letizia was in her home town Oviedo to open the Academic Year 2018/2019 at CP Baudilio Arce, under the IES Doctor Fleming. Its an annual engagement that Queen Letizia undertakes every year.

Queen Letizia opened Academic year
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The CP Baudillo Arce is a public school that currently develops its activities as the centre of an ordinary regime. It was officially opened on February 20, 1978. It currently hosts two educational stages with a total of 18 units in operation, Early Childhood Education, with students of 3, 4 and 5 years, with two groups by level and Primary Education, from 1 to 6 with two groups per level.

Queen Letizia opened Academic year
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The School is attached to the IES Dr Fleming, Center of Secondary Education that integrates the different levels of the Educational System: Compulsory Secondary Education (ESO), Baccalaureate and Vocational Training. It offers, therefore, all those teachings that mediate between Primary Education and the University.

Queen Letizia opened Academic year
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Upon arrival, Queen was received by the President of the Principality of Asturias and the day started with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque.

Queen Letizia opened Academic year
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Letizia toured around the facility to have a first-hand experience of teaching methods and techniques. She visited an area where primary students were participating in learning activities involving mathematics, reading and drawing. Queen held a meeting with the council of Secondary school and representatives of parents and teachers association.

Queen Letizia opened Academic year
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Letizia who is celebrating her 46th birthday on Saturday, spend quality time with school pupils and was in full mother mode.

Queen Letizia opened Academic year
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Queen having a conversation with the next generation of Spain.

Queen Letizia opened Academic year
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A group photograph was clicked to mark the day.

Queen Letizia opened Academic year
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Before leaving Letizia met with parents and members of the public who were eagerly waiting to meet her.

 

For the day Letizia chose a very comfortable and stylish look that is her signature style and totally opposite of her previous year’s look.

Queen Letizia Boss Gingham Floriza top
Boss Gingham Floriza top

She brought back  Gingham Wool Blend Knit top from HugoBoss that she first wore in June 2018 at the Students Residence Board Meeting.

Hugo Boss 'Hotaru' Stretch Crepe Wide Leg Trouser
Hugo Boss ‘Hotaru’ Stretch Crepe Wide Leg Trouser

The 45-year-old Spanish Queen pair the top with white Hugo Boss ‘Hotaru’ Stretch Crepe Wide Leg Trousers that she has in her wardrobe since 2016.

Magrit Leather Navy Pumps
Magrit Leather Navy Pumps

Letizia was wearing blue and white Navy leather pumps from Magrit was suitable match with wide-leg pants that also debuted in June 2018 at the Students Residence Board Meeting.

Gold & Roses Crawler Skyline Earrings
Gold & Roses Crawler Skyline Earrings

The only new element of today’s look was the Crawler Skyline Earrings from Gold & Roses. Inspired by the New York skyline – a cosmopolitan collection full of luxury and elegance, the 2107 earrings are set in 18kt white gold and diamonds.

 

I will leave you with this video of the day.

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The first official Royal Portrait of Future Queen Consort Catherine

Duchess of Cambridge official royal portrait
Duchess of Cambridge official royal portrait
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The Royal portraits are a long-standing unwritten tradition of the British Royal Family. Duchess of Cambridge Catherine’s royal portrait was unveiled on January 11, 2013, at the National Portrait Gallery of London.

Duchess of Cambridge official royal portrait
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The oil painting was painted by Award Winning British Artist Paul Emsley. The portrait was commissioned and given to the National Portrait Gallery by Sir Hugh Leggatt in memory of Sir Denis Mahon through the Art Fund, 2012.

Duchess of Cambridge official royal portrait
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Catherine, who herself has a keen interest in Art and graduated from St. Andrews University in History of Arts, selected Paul Emsley from the shortlisted candidates to do her first official portrait in 2012 after announcing her patronage to National Portrait Gallery.

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Award-winning artist Emsley took 15 weeks to complete the painting. He had two sittings with Duchess. First a day’s session in May at his studio in Bradford-upon-Avon and then a brief session in June at Kensington Palace.

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During the second session, he did quick drawings and took more photographs and later on used those photographs to finish the portrait. He found Duchess quite amenable during the sitting sessions.

Duchess of Cambridge official royal portrait
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Emsley presented the portrait to the trustees of the gallery in November 2012 and since then the portrait is on permanent display in Room 37 and now in Room 39 of National Portrait Gallery in Contemporary collections.

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Talking about his experience of painting the then newlywed Duchess with Telegraph, Paul said,

“The Duchess explained that she would like to be portrayed naturally – her natural self – as opposed to her official self. She struck me as enormously open and generous and a very warm person.”

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After initially feeling that it was going to be an unsmiling portrait later on Paul decided it was the right choice in the end to have her smiling – “that is really who she is”, he said.

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Reminiscing his emotions, Paul said initially he was thrilled to receive the commission but later on, he realized the importance of portrait – not just for him but for others also, so he was slightly nervous.

Duchess of Cambridge official royal portrait
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He was keen to capture Catherine’s “charm, serenity and intelligence and sparkling green eyes”.

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The portrait features a background of dark blue hue matching with Duchess’ dark blue pussy-bow blouse.

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Paul darkened the colour of Catherine’s eyes slightly to match her tunic and capture the rich texture of her hair. “Everyone, I think, recognises her partly through her lovely hair,” he said.

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The portrait shows slightly smiling Catherine looking straight out of it. Paul decided not to use any background grandeur presenting her royal role.

Illuminations were commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to make a short film with the artist Paul Emsley working in his studio on his painting of the Duchess of Cambridge in November 2012.

Duchess of Cambridge official royal portrait
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Duchess saw the portrait first time at a family gathering and immediately liked it. She remarked, “I thought it was brilliant. It’s just amazing. Absolutely brilliant“. She specifically liked how Paul captured her mouth and nose.

Duchess of Cambridge official royal portrait
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Contrary to Duchess’ praise, most of the reception of the portrait was negative some calling it horrible and catastrophic. Many renowned art critics criticized the portrait declaring that it lacks context. Despite its mixed critical reception, Duchess and Prince William were believed to be delighted with the painting.

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I personally like the portrait very much. I am not an artist so cannot go into the details of the artistic sphere, but I believe that it portraits Catherine’s persona perfectly. There were no royal pomps in the background to overshadow the portrait. It’s simply Catherine. When you look at the portrait you are looking at the person herself only.

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The slight smirk on the face and twinkling eyes, it might not be a portrait of the then newlywed Princess but it is definitely a portrait of Future Queen who knows the importance of her position, values and respects that position. A regal piece of art exuding contemporary culture while keeping the regalness of history.

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The seriousness of the portrait might not be appealing to many but it strongly captures the future role of Catherine as Prince William’s Queen Consort. Because the portrait showcases the image that any Queen would like to present that is why I believe Duchess truly like or possibly love her first official royal portrait.

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