Another Princess transformation today, and this time one that some might call a regression. Let's review the evidence, shall we?
girlfriends were public knowledge, and rumors of Queen Sofia vetoing all non-royal potential spouses were well-spread. So it came as a real shock when he managed to pull off the ultimate ruse: his relationship with Letizia Ortiz was kept secret until the day their engagement was announced.
Letizia's place in the Prince's life may have been undercover, but Letizia herself was a familiar face: she was a journalist and television presenter in Spain. As such, her pre-engagement wardrobe was typically news-ish.
Based on the time frame, I'm inclined to lean towards the economy as the reason: that her use of less expensive chain stores and the general casual feel of her wardrobe is designed to be accessible to the economic concerns of the Spanish people. I understand the logic at work here. But Letizia takes it to an extent that doesn't set well with me, and I've harped on this many times before. I like my royals a little more dressed up than the average bear; if you really are just like the rest of us, where's the reason for people to be extra interested in you? I'd also point out here that the Queen, Felipe, and the rest of the royals haven't undergone similar transformations since the economy crashed. But that's just me, and now it's your turn.
So: what do you think is the real reason for Letizia's transformation?
Investiture at Windsor Castle - *The Queen held an Investiture at Windsor Castle. * *Sky screencaps* *For more: Sky News video and article.* This is a great investiture brooch, easy for us...