22 February 2017

Breaking Tiara News of the Day: Queen Letizia Wears La Buena

We interrupt your regularly scheduled Thursday tiara programming (and also our usual posting time schedule) for this important news flash:

The King and Queen of Spain welcomed the President and First Lady of Argentina to Spain for a state visit today, and hosted a state banquet in their honor.
CHECK. OUT. THAT. TIARA!!!!!!! Queen Letizia went all of 2016 without wearing a tiara, but she does wear tiaras at home when hosting state banquets, which gave her an opportunity to come back with a BANG  in 2017. The Fleur de Lys Tiara, known as La Buena, is the resident big gun diadem in the Spanish jewel vault. Made by Ansorena, it was a wedding present from King Alfonso XIII to Queen Victoria Eugenia in 1906. The fleur de lys symbol depicted in the tiara is a symbol of the House of Bourbon.

This is Letizia's first time wearing the Fleur de Lys Tiara; it was last seen in 2014 on Queen Sofia for the last state visit of King Juan Carlos' reign. It's among those jewels designated to pass from queen to queen per Queen Victoria Eugenia's will (the "joyas de pasar"). The large diamond earrings and hefty double diamond bracelets are also part of that group, and this is also Letizia's first time wearing those. When she goes big, she GOES BIG.

House of HM the King
The simple black Felipe Varela dress was really a master stroke here. Not only does Queen Letizia need to let those diamonds take center stage, she doesn't want to compete with the extra wide sash of Argentina's Order of the Liberator General San Martín. (Some sashes have skinnier versions for the ladies - like Spain's Order of Isabella the Catholic, worn here by first lady Juliana Awada - but this one apparently doesn't.)

Video: The gala banquet
I don't know about you, but I'm SWOONING. She totally carries off this enormous tiara. Regal to the max.

Man, this week is trying so hard to break my keyboard.