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.
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.
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.
Later in the day, Queen received a representation of the Children’s University Hospital “Niño Jesús”, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Upon arrival, Queen was received by the President of the Principality of Asturias and the day started with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque.
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.
Letizia who is celebrating her 46th birthday on Saturday, spend quality time with school pupils and was in full mother mode.
Queen having a conversation with the next generation of Spain.
A group photograph was clicked to mark the day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
He was keen to capture Catherine’s “charm, serenity and intelligence and sparkling green eyes”.
The portrait features a background of dark blue hue matching with Duchess’ dark blue pussy-bow blouse.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.