Queen Letizia ditches accessory to pay respects to UK monarch

Queen Elizabeth II: Queen Letizia of Spain visits coffin

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The Spanish monarch Queen Letizia paid her respects to Queen Elizabeth II on September 18, as she viewed her coffin lying in state. She wore a black blouse decorated with floral details.

The Queen looked sombre as she commemorated the life of the UK monarch.

Her loose-fitting blouse had long sleeves and was plain apart from an array of black flowers across one shoulder and part of the bodice.

This was from Carolina Herrera, a favourite designer of Kate Middleton.

She opted for Prada’s Pointed Toe 100 Black Leather Pumps, a classic choice that we have seen her wear before.

She accessorised with a classic pair of diamond drop earrings from Harry Winston but she did not wear a brooch.

Kate Middleton, on the other hand, as well as other royals, did wear this key accessory.

Núria Tiburcio, a journalist for Spanish magazine Vanitatis, pointed out that other royals wore more “powerful jewels” than Letizia to visit the monarch lying in state.

Kate Middleton wore a sweet tribute to the Queen – the monarch’s Diamond and Pearl Leaf brooch.

This featured three large pearls at the centre of a diamond pavé leaf and was outlined in yellow gold.

The Queen wore the brooch as far back as 1999 on her 73rd birthday, April 21, 1999.

In July 2017, Kate stepped out wearing the same brooch during a visit to Belgium.

Queen Mathilde of Belgium also wore an elaborate bow shaped diamond brooch when she visited the monarch lying in state this week.

However, royal fan Núria noticed that Queen Letizia had started the day wearing something completely different, including a statement brooch.

She was pictured wearing a fitted black dress with long sleeves and a square neckline.

In terms of accessories, the look was simple, with the monarch wearing a pair of studs and no necklace.

However, she did wear one statement piece, which appeared to be a diamond brooch.

This was reportedly a brooch belonging to Victoria Eugenie ‘Ena’ of Battenberg.

She was the Queen of Spain from May 31, 1906, until April 14, 1931.

Ena was the wife of King Alfonso XIII and is the late great-grandmother of the current King of Spain, Felipe VI, making the brooch a family heirloom.

Núria tweeted yesterday: “Queen Letizia arrives at the British embassy wearing a Victoria Eugenia brooch, but she does not wear it for the visit to the funeral chapel. I don’t understand.”

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