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Style Star: Queen Letizia of Spain

The newly crowned queen is stealing the style spotlight.


Three and a half years after the royal wedding, we’re all thoroughly bored by the Duchess of Cambridge’s relentlessly tasteful attire. Thankfully, there’s a new chic wife of a monarch to capture our attention: Queen Letizia of Spain, who was crowned this past summer,has slowly shed the power suits of heranchorwomandays and slipped into a wardrobe of slim-fittingsheath dresses and skirt suits, often by local couturier Felipe Varela. Much like KateMiddleton, la reina is unafraid to throw in a highstreet piece from Mango or Zara, for that common touch. Herbest move yet: giving her gowns a restin favor of a sleek Boss jumpsuit forthe 2013 Francisco Cerecedo Prize for journalism—no tiara necessary.

A Royal Success: Queen Letizia of Spain’s Style

For a 2003 ceremony celebrating her engagement to Crown Prince Felipe, Letizia Ortiz (her name at the time) opted for a classic white suit and black pumps. If that doesn’t say bride-to-be, we’re not sure what does.

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For her wedding to Prince Felipe in May 2004, Princess Letizia of Asturias stunned in an off-white Manuel Pertegaz gown. Her “something borrowed” (a diamond and platinum tiara) came courtesy of her new mother-in-law, Queen Sofia. Not bad.

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For a Spanish royal, looking ravishing in red is a must. The former news anchor proved she had what it took early on, with this red gown at the wedding of Prince Frederik of Denmark in 2004.

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Leaving the hospital with her daughter Princess Leonor, the new mom looked serene in a pale yellow pantsuit and nude pointed heels. Take note, Princess Charlene.

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The Princess channeled her medieval predecessors while receiving Vladimir Putin in February of 2006. In an emerald green two-piece and coordinating beaded handbag, Letizia took retro to the real carpet.

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Black and white and glittering all over, Princess Letizia looked effortlessly elegant hosting a dinner for Hungarian president Laslo Solyom.

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Donning a glammed-up version of the classic toga for the 2010 Grecian wedding of Prince Nikolaos and Tatiana Blatnik, Princess Letizia was a vision in periwinkle.

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A pale purple gown by her favored designer Felipe Varela was just the ticket for a pre-event dinner surrounding Kate Middleton and Prince William’s highly anticipated wedding.

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For the Francisco Cerecedo Journalism Awards in 2013, Princess Letizia, a former journalist, chose a belted eggplant jumpsuit with open-toe boots by BOSS—because ball gowns and tiaras get a little old after a while.

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Princess Letizia became Queen Letizia—the first commoner to become Queen Consort in Spain’s history—in a knee-length dress and embellished coat ensemble by Felipe Varela. Applause, please.

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