01 July 2014

Royal Outfit of the Day: July 1

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia started their first introductory visits abroad yesterday with a visit to Pope Francis at the Vatican.
It's Letizia's first privil├Ęge du blanc appearance, aww. Vatican protocol traditionally requests black or dark outfits from most ladies meeting with the Pope, but privil├Ęge du blanc allows select few Catholic royal ladies to wear white. Spanish queens are among those with the privilege, so the new Queen Letizia got in on the act in her white tailored skirt suit with subtle white embroidery on the cuffs and bottom of the jacket. She did not wear a head covering for the couple's audience with Pope Francis (and neither did Queen Sofia when she and King Juan Carlos visited back in April).
You  never quite know what you're going to get, dress code-wise, when royals visit the Vatican. The old protocols that included gala dress, veils, and even tiaras in some cases, is fading especially fast under the current pope. This visit, sartorially, was a huge change from Felipe and Letizia's first visit as a married couple, ten years ago:
I actually find the relaxing of the dress code refreshing - although anytime Letizia wants to bust out her mantilla and peineta, I'm all for it - and for this visit, I think she played it just right.

Photos: Vatican Pool/Getty Images News and Eric Vandeville/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images