Last week, Queen Letizia of Spain touched down in the UK for a three-day state visit that has been postponed twice – first in 2016 because of political crisis in Spain in 2016, and then again due to June’s snap general election in Britain. The British royal family might have been waiting to receive Letizia and her husband, King Felipe VI of Spain, but the UK has been making comparisons between Queen Letizia and the Duchess of Cambridge for some time.
Both women have become figureheads for regal dressing in the modern day, honing polished wardrobes with couturiers they trust, and framing the pieces against a prudent blend of high street and diplomatic fashion choices.
She Leans On Brands Known For Polished Workwear
Hugo Boss, Altuzarra, and Carolina Herrera are firm fixtures in Queen Letizia’s wardrobe. Each label excels at the polished pieces – pencil skirts, blouses, blazers – that make up a professional woman’s wardrobe. The queen is in good company wearing Herrera (above), in particular, as Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Ivanka Trump have all been outfitted by the New York doyenne for moments on the world’s stage.
Diplomatic Dressing Comes Naturally
Just like the Duchess of Cambridge, Queen Letizia adheres to the unspoken rule that, as a figurehead of her nation, she should pay tribute to the fashion of countries she visits. On a trip to Japan this spring, she wore an Armani Privé dress adorned with the cherry blossoms the country is famous for.
An Appetite For Zara And Mango Keeps Her Wardrobe Grounded
Queen Letizia is not immune to the lure of the high street, and has been known to pick up thrifty jewelry and dresses from the Spanish giants Zara and Mango.
Customization Is Key
Queen Letizia has worked consistently with couturier Felipe Varela since she became queen in 2014. His bespoke creations for her – this monochrome form-fitting dress suit, in particular – have garnered media attention due to the fit of the made-to-measure pieces.
She Has Her Own Shoemaker
Spanish label Magrit makes pumps especially for the queen, so unless she has fallen prey to her Prada obsession, the point-toe heels you see her wearing are from her local cordwainer.
Click through the gallery above to see Queen Letizia’s Vogue style file.