Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Letizia's State Visit Style Pointers: temperature control

In exactly a week's time, the Spanish State Visit to the UK gets under way. King Felipe and Queen Letizia will arrive at Horse Guards' Parade for an official welcome, having touched down at Luton the night before. Style icon Letizia will have everyone guessing with her outfits and get plenty of attention throughout the three day trip as she and her husband carry out engagements in London and Oxford (see the full itinerary here). But the Queen of Spain has already given us some hints as to what to expect from her wardrobe - in the four State Visits she's carried out since 2014, there have been several regular style statements. Here's another pointer when it comes to this royal wardrobe and this time it's all about temperature control.

The thing is, Letizia does love a coat on a State Visit. Now, in the case of Portugal in November 2016 that was completely understandable. It was chilly and we got several cover ups including a brown and red mix effort for a day in Oporto and Lisbon.

There was also this rather lovely grey and mauve coat worn as she and Felipe headed to the Portuguese Parliament on day three.

And there's the clue, Give Letizia a parliament to pop into (and as it's a State Visit, this part is compulsory) and she'll bring a coat. When the thermometer was creeping upwards during her visit to Paris in April 2015, she came equipped with a rather thick looking black and white mix coat which went on and then came off and then went on again throughout her whole time at the National Assembly and during an audience with the then Prime Minister, Manuel Valls and his wife.

The same coat made an appearance in Mexico just weeks later when King Felipe and Queen Letizia visited that country's senate. John Bercow may need to make sure there are coat hooks handy next week.

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