Queen Letizia wanted to wear the floral tiara for the first gala dinner of 2023, which took place on Wednesday, May 3 at the Royal Palace in Madrid in honor of the President of Colombia and his wife.
The Spanish consort has resorted to the Bourbon jeweler, to wear one of her favorite tiaras, of great historical and controversial value, since it was a gift from the dictator Francisco Franco to Queen Emeritus Sofia on the occasion of her wedding to Juan Carlos I.
Queen Letizia wears the floral tiara at the first gala dinner of 2023
The tiara worn by the Queen can also be used as a choker, as the Queen Emeritus did at the gala prior to her wedding. This same tiara was worn by Infanta Cristina at her wedding to Iñaki Urdangarin. Since the Infanta left the Royal House, Letizia has been the one who has worn the jewel more frequently. Although she has worn the tiara on many occasions, this is the first time she has worn it as a tiara and has placed it further back than usual. She also opted for a simple hairstyle with her hair loose and parted in the middle.
The last time Letizia wore a tiara at the Royal Palace in Madrid was in February 2019, before the pandemic, when the King and Queen received the president of Peru.
The floral tiara was not the only jewelry the Queen wore tonight. She also wore a brooch in the shape of a bow made with diamonds that belonged to Queen Regent Maria Cristina of Austria, inherited by Alfonso XIII and worn by the Countess of Barcelona and Queen Sofia.
The mother of Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia wore this brooch to hold the sash of the Colombian order of Boyacá, a piece never seen on her before. The Queen also wore button earrings made of white gold and diamonds.
Queen Letizia in a red gala dress
The deep red dress that Letizia wore is clean cut and features peplum details in the waist area and decoration on the shoulders.
This gala dinner will probably be the only one for the remainder of the year due to the political circumstances in Spain. Although a gala dinner was held in 2022 during the visit of the sheik of Qatar, Queen Letizia decided not to wear a tiara out of consideration for the sheikha, who does not usually wear jewelry of this type.