Queen Letizia of Spain wears Felipe Varela ensemble to coronation: perfection?


Is it wrong to look at these photos of King Felipe and Queen Letizia’s coronation and think, “Wow, she looks like she’s really turned on by all of his new power”? Because Letizia looks like she’s hot for her husband. Like seeing him in his military regalia and with the king’s red sash thing is making her want to have another baby. Queen Letizia is only 41 – it’s not too late! Have another baby, Letizia!

So, these are photos from the coronation today. Yesterday, King Juan Carlos signed the formal abdication document, and today King Felipe formally became the king. Or something. It’s all formalities and such. For the military parade and the balcony wave, Letizia wore her favorite Spanish designer, Felipe Varela. It was a white sheath dress with a matching coat, and the coat has little pink crystals on the collar. It’s a really beautiful suit, perfectly tailored for her figure. My one complaint? The nude heels. I wish royal women would stop with nude heels.

I love what Princesses Leonor and Sofia were wearing too – the same dress in different colors. They seem like very mature young ladies too – no acting up, no tantrums, they knew where to go and how to act appropriately. That speaks well of how their parents have raised them.





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  1. Snazzy says:

    The girls look so adorable!!

  2. Lollipop says:

    I don’t like her hair, the rest is good.
    I hope they don’t have another baby because if it’s a boy Leonor won’t be queen, no?

  3. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    What a beautiful family.

  4. Em says:

    That soldier guy in the last picture behind the King, though! He is fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine. Spanish guys are the hottest!

    And they all looked absolutely gorgeous!

  5. T.C. says:

    She is owning it. Love that dress. The whole family looks gorgeous. I hate to compare but I find a lot of the other European royal families to be better looking than the British Royal Family who has to be constantly photo shopped to look good. Even Princess Di looked just OK but had a natural charm that exceeded her looks. DON’T KILL ME BRF LOVERS PLEASE. *Runs for cover*

  6. Kaye says:

    I swear I don’t usually notice things like this, but . . . is that his d*ck? Maybe the wind just blew his pants into that particular configuration . . . ?

  7. Esti says:

    Love that outfit, simple and classic with the bit of bling around the collar for interest. I don’t know when everyone started hating on nude shoes, but I think they’re perfect for something like this, when you don’t want to wear white shoes (yikes) but don’t want a pop of color down there distracting from a streamlined look. The girls’ dresses are lovely, and I love their matching shoes.

    (Edited to add: I do wish she’d worn slightly bigger earrings. I know they’re trying not to be too ostentatious because of the financial crisis in Spain, but something like Kate’s pearl drop earrings would have been perfect.)

    Letizia is beautiful, but something about her face always looks a bit… tight, to me. I don’t know how to describe it. I don’t think she’s had a facelift, but it almost looks like that.

    • HH says:

      Agreed on Leti’s face. I think it’s particularly the eyes/eyebrow and forehead are that always looks…strained (?) It’s very odd.

    • Me2 says:

      I don’t get the nude hate either. :) I love them and they are perfect for situations you mentioned. I think they are a classic choice.

    • Scal says:

      She’s totally had alot of work done. She was so much prettier before she ruined her face with all that botox and fillers. (She’s only admitted to the nose job back in ’08 for a “breathing problem”).

      Her face is settled right now, but there are times where she can barely move it and there are the duck lips.

      The kids are cute though.

    • bluhare says:

      I totally agree. That dress/coat combo is absolutely gorgeous.

      But there’s something really smug about her. Or am I reading her incorrectly?

      • Okie says:

        I know nothing about her, but the resting face is smug. Perhaps the docs pulled too tight and she’s permanently smirking? ;)

      • Pinky Rose says:

        Well, at least for me she has always looked very smug and arrogant. And that outfit though pretty, it’s not appropiate for such historical event. Everyone there was dressed better than her (including her sister in law, mother in law, the former reigning king sisters).

      • FLORC says:

        She has a RBF that reads as smug. Still, she has every right to be. She’s becoming Freaking Queen at this!
        I’d be a little smug too.

      • Sachi says:

        I think she just has strong features.

        I also think she’s often tense when cameras are around. I remember reading an analyst’s opinion about Letizia on a French magazine and he said Letizia is trying hard to restrain herself. She’s an emotional, touchy-feely person and because of an early experience where she was lambasted for speaking her mind, she has basically withdrawn and keeps a tight lid on her facial expressions and emotions.

        She’s actually very warm. I’ve read many first-hand accounts of her staying long after an event to chat and interact, or disregarding protocol so people could approach her, take photos with her, etc.

        I don’t know. I think pictures don’t do her justice. She’s incredibly beautiful on video, is very poised and graceful, and always, always looks engaged and intelligent.

        I’m so glad she’s managed to fought through whatever was plaguing her around 2007-2008 (her sister died in 2007). She looked so gaunt and ill back then, I thought she was headed for a breakdown or worse.

        All the people who say “She used to look so pretty before!” must not have seen how scary and worrisome she looked in 2007.

        Stress and grief had ruined her looks before any nosejob could.

        I’m happy she’s overcome that and looks much more confident and happy nowadays. The stress and pressure she’s been under for a decade is no joke. Spine of steel, iron will, and all that.

      • Godwina says:

        Considering she is *being made a freaking queen*, “smug” would not be your imagination, I believe! :) Agreed. It’s really emanating off of her.

      • bluhare says:

        Thanks everybody. I don’t know anything about her, so I have formed no opinion.

        I did read a pretty entertaining bit of blogging that strongly inferred Sofia and Letizia were in cahoots to get rid of JC, though.

    • Okie says:

      Agreed. I think the smile in the last photo (on this page) screams, “Face full of Botox.” That said, she is pretty so I hope she stops what she’s doing and let’s herself age gracefully. Love the outfit, including the shoes.

      My one thought on wearing smaller earrings: she might have opted for them so as not to distract/compete with detailing at the collar.

    • arabella says:

      She’s very pretty. Kind of reminds me of Cindy Crawford. But yeah, agree on too much botox.

    • Chinoiserie says:

      I know that they are trying to be modest because of the economy but I would have liked some small tiara.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I noticed in the 3rd picture, she has these odd wrinkles by her eyebrow even though her face is relaxed. It is like she has 3 lines coming out of her eyebrow.

      • Azurea says:

        I saw that, too. I think it’s caused by too much Botox in the rest of the forehead, & none at the sides. During the last presidential campaign, Joe Biden had that look in spades. I haven’t seen any pics of him lately, but he did let it wear off some for a bit. It looked ridiculous.

    • ArtHistorian says:

      She looks lovely and the outfit is really nice, well tailored and I like the discreet embellishment at the collar. It doesn’t overpower the elegant simplicity of the suit. I actually like the shoes and I’m a bit baffled that something as inoffensive as nude shoes can elicit such heated response ,-) Now if it had been the Wedges of Doom, strict censure would of course have been entirely appropriate.

    • kyzmet says:

      I wonder if I was having my photo taken as often as these royal women are, whether I would be running to the surgeon every 5 minutes. I think you could become quite paranoid. As it is I sometimes give myself a necklift using the old stretching the skin back in front of the mirror technique. Women in the public eye who do not succumb to the pressure have my utmost respect….they have all the gorgeous clothes but the other thing I wonder is….could I deal with never eating delicious fatty food ever again?? the mind boggles.

  8. Chicagogurl says:

    Everyone looks gorgeous. Has she been toxing that forehead? She seems a little tight.

  9. HH says:

    Nude works here as you want to keep the eye focused on the well constructed dress/coat and the beautifully beaded collar. Nude heels work to pull together an already “busy” outfit, or to keep a look “light and airy” and they also elongate the leg (optical illusion). Nude heels are fine, but it was the press’ reporting on Kate’s heels as though LK Bennet was the first to invent them and Kate was the first to wear them that’s got everyone tuckered out.

    • T.C. says:


      This is the type of outfit nude shoes are perfect for. It’s just that Kate and other women wear it with inappropriate clothes so people start hating nude shoes.

      • HH says:

        @TC – “…Kate and other women wear it with inappropriate clothes…” EXACTLY!!!!

        Yes, nude heels do go with everything, but that doesn’t mean that are the best shoe choice. This is what happened with Kate. I think someone told her nude matches everything and she took that and ran. Boy, did she run.

      • AM says:

        I think this is how Kate dresses/styles herself. Someone told her nude goes with everything, we only see nude. Someone told her a higher waist would make her look like she had longer legs, we only see high waists. Someone told her the eyeliner would do…whatever she thinks it does for her eyes, she doesn’t leave home without it. There are a million examples.

      • HH says:

        @AM – Haha! Yes. I don’t think “branching out” is a phrase she’s familiar with. I completely understand sticking to something when it works for you, but that’s the key it has to **work** for you.

      • FLORC says:

        Not making this comment about Kate, but rather many women that think nude heels can go with alost any outfit.
        They seem to lack personal style or go the safest route.

        I say and think this because a shoe should compliment an outfit. And many women can’t think outside the box regarding style. A shoe is like an accent pillow on a couch. It can match the couch or it can be the shade/tone of a (for lack of the proper word) backroud color of the couch. Or we can just put neutrals everywhere or match our blue dress with another shade of blue that isn’t on the same color or tone wheel.

        Neutrals and dark colord shoes are fine, but they just aren’t to be worn like they go with every outfit.

    • arabella says:

      Agree on the nude heels. Anything else would have ruined the ensemble.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I dont know if nude heels are getting a bad rep just because of Kate. A LOT of people have worn them on the red carpet. They became a default, lazy choice.

  10. Rae says:

    Maybe there are more photos somewhere, but I think in the photos here, she just looks kind of smug. Not hot for her husband. And if it is a hot for her husband look, he doesn’t look like he returns the sentiment. Maybe it’s just the stress of the situation weighing on him?

    • bluhare says:

      I should have scrolled down; I just mused about smugness too!

      Actually, in the other photos he looked like he adores her.

    • LAK says:

      Photos can be selective, perhaps you should have watched the videos. As formal as this situation was, they managed to squeeze in hugs, kisses, hand holding and many glances at each other. He was very solicitous of her, making sure she was OK.

      • FLORC says:

        Those gestures go a long way in my opinion of a couple. They really do seem in love, but respectful of the situation. It’s the right balance for the event.

      • Sachi says:

        Photos don’t do Letizia justice. Videos often show the opposite.

        I remember the Spanish tabloids in a frenzy over a photo of Letizia pointing her finger near the Queen’s face and the gossip was like, “That bitch was arguing and scolding the Queen of Spain!!!! How dare she? That arrogant, common, vulgar, divorcee!!!”

        And then the video showed that Letizia was not fighting with the Queen whatsoever, but just discussing where they should put their purses and Letizia was not pointing at the Queen, but at a chair behind her. Oop.

        There is a snippet of her and Felipe in a car on their way to the Congress and they both looked very happy. Letizia is often said to be the support behind Felipe. She’s made him warmer, confident, closer to the people, and as expected from an award-winning journalist, she improved Felipe’s public speaking abilities a lot.

  11. AKS says:

    It’s nice to see someone in a Royal Family who can wear their hair down without fiddling with it constantly….

  12. Kate2 says:

    She looks stunning. That dress is definitely perfection.

  13. Jacqueline says:

    Her jewelry is very understated, but she isn’t wearing a wedding ring. Or any rings for that matter. If there ever was a time and place…?

  14. original kay says:

    is it fair to compare her to Kate?
    heck yes.

    Kate is lost in her role. It’s never been so apparent to me, until I saw the woman who is doing it right.

    • Nope says:

      Well, they have a very different background. This one was an accomplished woman, she had a career when she met the Prince. Kate comes from nothing, and she is behaving accordingly.

      • mayamae says:

        That sounds so elitist. Kate may be a slacker, but I wouldn’t call her coming from nothing. That’s akin to calling her poor white trash, or trailer trash. I don’t think Kate’s problems are because she didn’t come from an aristocratic family. I think the aristocrats are as vapid and lazy as they come.

      • LAK says:

        Mayamea, i’m assuming @nope is comparing careers??

      • Nope says:

        Mayamae, not elitist at all. I was not discussing about her family background, but her professional one. Kate did nothing in her life, apart climbing.
        In fact Letizia is a commoner, and divorced before meeting her husband. So, I was not comparing their genealogy.
        I admire Letizia because she is doing her present job with dignity, elegance, professionalism, and committment. She knows her place and she understood how to manage all this in quite a difficult time for her country.

      • mayamae says:

        I get it. I would never waste my time defending Kate’s work ethic. I think I may be oversensitive to class issues.

      • FLORC says:

        I took the nothing comment fine. I also judge people for what they have done. Not where they come from or what their parents have accomplished. They are their own person.
        And as far as elitist and class goes… I only hold bias to extreme examples. Anyone can come from anything and be fine. Those who play up the elitist attitude or play into the low economy behavior. Acting like a decent person is something we can all do and shows class from character. Not family wealth.

        Now comapring the 2 ladies is fair, but not fair.
        They both married close in line to the throne royal men, are both educated, and both female brunette, mothers that botox. That’s where it ends for me.

        Letizia already had an uphill climb being divorced and look at what she’s done.
        Anyone know how many languages she speaks? I remember it being a lot.

      • From Spain says:

        FLORC, Leti barely speaks English. That’s it. And, of course, Spanish. I understand that the image that has been presented of her is very romantic and I respect if you like her. However, Leti has been a lousy princess and is consistently ranked as the least liked member of the royal family. In ten years she has behaved in a very rude way many times and complained incessantly about her obligations, stating that she wants a 9-5 schedule. She has excelled in platStic surgery, though. If you look up pics of before and after you can see what she has been doing all this time. It is not only the gossip rags in Spain, many “serious” journalists and newspapers have reported her tantrums and lack of interest in her position.
        I like Felipe and i think he can be a good king, but as for now I have no sympathy for Leti. I am willing , though, to change my opinion if she changes her ways. For the moment being, though, i am no fan of hers.

      • Sachi says:

        I find it hard to believe Letizia “barely speaks” English…or any of the other gossip about her. That she is apparently lazy is just laughable. She had the busiest schedule out of ALL the future Queens for the past 10 years.

        Lazy? Why? Because she “said” (there’s really no proof of this except for some tabloid trash that makes up rumours only to be disproven as a lie, just like that bogus story about Letizia’s solo trip to Miami that Spanish tabloid ‘Semana’ published, but was immediately disproven. Letizia actually had an official act, scheduled on the official calendar, the very day Semana claimed she was in Miami getting more plastic surgery lol.) doesn’t wanna work on the weekends? Heck, who does?

        The woman was sent to cover the US 2000 elections and 9/11 on-site. Surely she would have had interactions with English-speaking people? And a journalist like her, at the top of her field, would not know English when the station she worked for was CNN’s sister company?

        When she and Felipe visited the US in 2012, a TIME Magazine article was written about them being Spain’s power couple. The author said Felipe and Letizia both switched between English and Spanish comfortably and conversed with a lot of people about different subjects.


        10 years as a royal and she wouldn’t have taken the time to learn, especially when she knew she’d be meeting a lot of people from many countries? I really doubt that. Judging from the criticisms of her ambitions and perfectionism, Letizia not being able to speak good English just sounds silly and not like her.

      • The Original Mia says:

        Thanks, Sachi. I don’t really buy the Leti is evil talk.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        Ditto – it is the same as the Mary is evil, Mette-marit is evil…. I have said it before and I will say it again – the online gossip is especially vicious when it comes to the non-arisocratic women who has married into royalty.

  15. P.J. says:

    I don’t know much about the Spanish royal family-or Spain for that matter-but I am thrilled for them :) What a beautiful family!

  16. The Original Mia says:

    Perfection! I loved everything about her today. Very regal.

    She was definitely hot for her husband and who wouldn’t be. He’s hot. All kidding aside, she seemed very proud of him and he seemed very touched by the honor of being Spain’s king.

    The girls were lovely. They are going to be stunning when they get older. I can’t get over the fact that Leonor is the youngest direct heir at 8.

  17. Sisi says:

    that jacket is tailored so beautifully. I adore it! I wonder if I can recreate it with my half-assed sewing skills…

  18. Word Girl says:

    When I look at them, I think : wholesome royal family that wants to fill their royal duties. The wind is blowing and Queen Letizia has on a pencil style dress and is ready to take on the wind and every other thing that may come her way, lol.

  19. Lady D says:

    Stunning dress, glad to see there wasn’t any Duchess Kate flashing happening.

    • Another spaniard says:

      Letizia has flashed many times. Just look it up

      • wow says:

        Yes, she has. As has my other faves Queen Maxima and CP Mary. I had to look it up after Kate’s last flash-gate. It made me feel not so harshly towards Kate about it. Kate will get dragged more because she is the most well known and more popular than the others. But even so, I was surprised to find other royals who have had the same problem.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        Maxima had a “marilyn” moment quite recently – at the D-Day celebrations. I really liked her outfit on that occasion – another poster described it as if Dior on acid having dressed a young Britney Spears, but in a good way. In theory, that outfit shouldn’t work but maxima, like Märtha Louise and Margrethe, can pull of strange outfits. I have simply concluded that it is due to their charisma.

        However, there’s a difference between an occisional accident and many, many moments. And these other ladies haven’t shown their bottoms publicly.

      • wolfpup says:

        When Letitia flashed was she going commando? She’s a professional, and it shows.

        Letitia is on my list, along with Amal, of the most beautiful women.

  20. aquarius64 says:

    The coronation seems low key. I love Queen Letizia’s ensemble, but I was expecting something more grand for the ceremony. When Edward VIII abdicated the coronation for George VI was all out. Different times, different circumstances perhaps?

    • Santolina says:

      I wonder if it’s because she didn’t want to upstage her husband and run the risk of everyone thinking she was calling attention to herself. She looks very understated.

    • Mel says:

      Yes, they seem to be aware they are in the 21st century PLUS their country is in the midst of a major financial crisis. Anything more than this would have been over the top – and possibly viewed as grossly inappropriate by many Spaniards.

    • ArtHistorian says:

      Plus, it wasn’t a coronation but a proclamation. it is quite different. Most European monarchies don’t use coronations since it reeks of absolutism, fx Denmark hasn’t had a coronation since 1839 when the last absolutist king Christian VIII was crowned. When Queen Margrethe II assumed the throne after her father’s death she was proclaimed queen by the PM at the balcony of the parliament. She wore full mourning, including a black veil. Here’s a pic:

    • Flower says:

      A proper coronation ceremony is more than just a side show it is actually a spiritual confirmation/joining of the monarch with god, very similar to the ordination of a priest , the monarch to be is believed to be literally touched by the holy spirit at the time of anointing with the holy oil and it is considered to be a very sacred and holy event not just for the new king or queen but for the whole nation.

      By tradition the anointing and crowning bestow certain ‘qualities or powers’ upon the new monarch, the most well known being the ability to heal by the laying on of hands. These ‘qualities’ and sacred nature of a coronation may have been forgotten or dismissed by many of the European monarchies who are no longer physically ‘anointed and crowned’ but just installed into office like the local mayor, however in Britain the old tradition is still understood and followed. I’m sure you will see the whole many hours long coronation when Charles reaches the throne (if that day ever comes).

      Interestingly, after Charles I execution it was the anointing spoon that was the only part of the ancient regalia to survive Oliver Cromwell’s purge of all things royal.

      • Sarah says:

        Flower & Arthistorian, thank you for bringing some fascinating historical context to the discussion. I was beginning to think we were only going to talk about shoes and botox! Which is fine, but starts to dull the mind after awhile. (What shoes did Felipe wear, by the way?)

        Enjoyed your contribution – thanks!

    • taxi says:

      Different century & culture. Pre WW2 and that “tight little island” has always done things a bit differently than the continental Europeans.

  21. redvixen says:

    It is refreshing to see little girls dressed appropriately for their age. Even love the ballerinas they’re wearing. Perfection.

  22. mkyarwood says:

    Or maybe they could just be hot for each other without bringing another baby into it :P

  23. FLORC says:

    This was appropriate. Nothing over the top and everything was elegant.

  24. wow says:

    She always has constant b*tch face, but she is a fave of mine. Wow. Now my two fave princesses are now Queen (Consorts). Queen Letizia of Spain and Queen Maxima of G he Netherlands. All I need now is CP Mary of Denmark to become Queen Consort. And for CP Victoria to rightfully take her place as QUEEN.

    *Happy Dance*

  25. Mel says:

    It’s appropriate and it is simple, with just the right amount of “bling”, so yes, it is beautiful.

  26. WendyNerd says:

    Sooo…. Is the older daughter Lenore officially Princess of the Asturias? Or are they waiting to announce that? I know that a boy would take precedence, but there have been Spanish Infantas who have held the title before, right? I think I remember reading about Joanna La Beltraneja holding the title at one point.

    They really should just make her Princess of Asturias and be done with it. This is the modern age and they probably won’t have any more kids anyway. They already have an heir and a spare. Take the pressure off and embrace the twenty-first century. It’s hardly an unprecedented move. Felipe is King. Upgrade the Infanta to the Asturias and be done with it. She can have playdates with the Princess of Orange.

  27. Chris says:

    Spain’s answer to Queen Latifah. Although you wouldn’t know it by looking at her sources say she’s taken Spain’s poor showing at the World Cup pretty hard. Apparently she dropped a bundle on them with her bookie.

  28. Elise says:

    I like Queen Letizia of Spain. I wish her, King Felipe VI and the children well. And no, she does not “dress like Kate” or is “a competition for her.” Catherine has nothing on her.

  29. Word Girl says:

    I think it was stated up-thread that the heir is no longer determined by gender but by birth order…So, does anyone know how the first heir to the throne would be determined if the duchess or queen were to be pregnant with twins? And even possibly deliver the children by cesarean. Don’t mean to overanalyze this, I’m just curious. A penny for your thoughts, anyone?

  30. Sachi says:

    So very elegant.

    She looks beautiful. Nothing too ostentatious and extravagant but tasteful and sophisticated enough for a new Queen.

    Long may Felipe reign, and may Letizia continue to be strong and be the support behind and beside her husband. Felipe’s first speech as King was very well done.

    Their daughters are so pretty and well-behaved.

    I like this photo:


    Leonor with her hand around her grandfather while they wave to the crowds.

  31. annieanne says:

    1. It was an inauguration, not a coronation. The crown never touched Felipe’s head.
    2. The crystals on Letizia’s dress are red and gold – the colours of the Spanish flag – not pink.
    3. The girls are Infanta Leonor, Princess of Asturias and Infanta Sofia. They’re not called Princesses.

    • Sachi says:

      Actually, Leonor is no longer called Infanta (at least in public). She is Leonor, Princess of Asturias.

      Her official title still states she is an Infanta: Her Royal Highness The Most Serene Infanta Doña Leonor de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Ortiz, Princess of Asturias, Princess of Viana, Princess of Girona, Duchess of Montblanc, Countess of Cervera and Lady of Balaguer.

      She will forever be an Infanta (child/daughter) of Spain, but she is also the heir to the throne, so the Infanta is dropped and she takes on Princess of Asturias and all the other titles reserved for the heir.

      If she ever has a baby brother born in the coming years, she will surrender the Princess of Asturias title and go back to being Infanta Leonor of Spain.

      • From spain says:

        Sachi may I ask where are you from?
        See, I am fine with your love for Leti, but since I am from Spain and because of my work I get to know people and access to info. And yes, Leti barely speaks English. I guess it helps your cv that you are seeing the prince. Oh, behind the back of your live in partner.

      • kristina says:

        From Spain

        There are numerous youtube videos of her speaking English quite well. You don’t have to be from Spain to see that.

      • Sachi says:

        from spain

        I’m not from Spain but see, there is the advantage. I get to look at ALL the angles of a story/news that come out about Letizia. You in Spain get a very skewed perspective because that’s how the media in Spain has portrayed her in the past decade: a bitch. And because what? She dared to speak her mind amd treat her then fiance as her equal? Because she is an outspoken person? Were you expecting a Barbie doll/Stepford Wife who only smiles like her life is always sunshine and rainbows?!

        The misogyny against her is disgusting and you’ll probably deny it, but royal watchers outside of Spain have a different perspective about Letizia. i know which publication is trash, like Vanitatis, but still gets believed by a lot of people because Letizia as a bad person is always profitable rather than focusing on actual problems, like Cristina and Inaki’s scandals. But no, it’s Letizia who is always at fault because of some made-up rumours that have no proof. I actually find it odd how you easily believe every negative thing abou Letizia. There is ZERO proof of her being what you say she is, and yet you insist on these negative stories/descriptions as truth.

        You say she barely speaks English and yet there are videos and actual first hand account of Americans saying she does. Who do I believe, you or an author from TIME magazine who doesn’t have an axe to grind with Letizia and was actually at the event and met Letizia in person and only had positive things to say about her?

        You say she’s lazy and not a good royal but a close look at her calendar says the exact opposite.

        You say she’s cold and unpleasant, I say she’s a warm and friendly enough based on the videos and personal stories I’ve read on Spanish blogs and forums.

        She’s not perfect and that’s fine. Who cares who she slept with in the past. Were you expecting a virgin as your queen? A pure, innocent woman? That is not Letizia’s fault that people put unrealistic, sexist expectations on her. Her past is proof of a life well-lived. The problem lies with people who keep on digging up her past and inventing malicious gossip about her because they can’t criticize her for anything else. When you have lost the debate, get personal. That’s how the media in Spain has been towards Letizia and the misogyny is so obvious.

  32. dena says:

    If you look at the last pic, it looks as it Queen Letizia is not only the same width as her daughter but that her daughter’s (Sofia) legs are actually larger. She has lost weight sense her journalist days.

  33. Leslilly says:

    She’s so pretty…and the daughters are adorable. Hard to tell re her expression. I think she looks a mixture of happy and serious.

  34. Madrid says:

    In Spain, most of the people , even the royal lovers, dont like Letizia at all for many of the reasons stated above, which are not evil talk. Simply they are very aware of their public image and after the coming of democracy the press auto censures every negative new or movement, in a non written rule of course…only recently (king killing elephants in Botswana, which was no exception but their regular way of life) a change is coming. The abdication has to be understood in the context of the fear to lose their status-quo.
    For the surgery, just Google earlier photos. I never heard her english but probably she speaks english fluently.
    I’ve been a reader of celebitchy for many years so i know you guys love gossip but love veracity aswell.

  35. Little M says:

    Sorry but she could be the best dressed woman in the world and I wouldn’t like her as queen.

    Where is our referendum? Has anybody ask the people if we want a monarchy?

    I hate paying taxes so those cute little girls can live the life while there’s a 30% unemployment rate in this country (Spain). The allowance Leonor and Sofia are going to get just for being born is astounding. More than I will make in a lifetime of hard work.

    The circus is over. Let’s talk about bread, please.

  36. Española says:

    I completely agree with you. I don’t like Letizia. She has always showed a lot of arrogance and the latest occurrences about having an office schedule and allher paranoia with cell phones and pictures just killed the little sympathy i had for her. In my opinion she has not been a good princess at all so i don’t have any hopes for her being a good queen. Her career improved when she started seeing Felipe and not before. She was living with her boyfriend and cheating on him with Felipe. No, she is the type of woman i don’t like.
    I agree with you that it is fine to gossip, but it is also good to know the facts. And beside having a new face done with our money i don’t see any other remarkable thing about her since she married.
    Good luck, Felipe, you are going to need it.

  37. purejuice says:

    the crystals on her dress are not pink. they are red and yellow. like the flag of spain, visible in every photograph of this event. use your eyes.

  38. taxi says:

    The Sofia looks so much her namesake grandmother. Leonor looks like Letizia.