OK, drop the dignity for just one moment. While we're all making the serious noises about the Spanish State Visit next week being about ties between two countries, business development, history etc, what we're all getting most excited about are the tiaras. State Visit = State Banquet = sparkle. But while the rest of Queen Letizia's past State Visit wardrobes have had a bit of a pattern to them, dipping into the past to predict tiara future is harder. For Letizia's past four State Visits have included just one diadem decked dinner. And even when she's been the host for a State Banquet, the net hasn't gone much wider. Here are the State Visit Sparkle pointers as this big visit gets closer.
Of the four State Visits made by King Felipe and Queen Letizia, only one has involved a tiara moment for Letizia. Protocol meant no diadems in either France or Mexico back in 2015 and there was widespread surprise when Letizia chose not to take a tiara to Portugal in 2016. The State Visit to Japan this year did bring out the sparkle but there were no big shocks. The Queen of Spain chose the Floral Tiara which has been a bit of a favourite of hers over the years. It's an all diamond affair with the stones set in floral motifs. It was given to Queen Sofia on her marriage by Franco on behalf of the people of Spain - a fact which still causes some controversy today.