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Entertainment Queen Letizia wears fur during royal tour of Sweden before choosing budget frock for banquet

05:02  25 november  2021
05:02  25 november  2021 Source:   honey.nine.com.au

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King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain have reunited with their counterparts in Sweden as they take part in a three-day royal visit.

The monarch and his wife arrived in Stockholm on November 23 and attended a number of official events, including a visit to the Spanish embassy.

Felipe and Letizia are in Sweden at the invitation of King Carl XVI Gustaf, serving to highlight and reinforce the ties and bilateral relations between both countries.

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At the embassy, the royal couple met with Spaniards who had moved to Sweden, with numbers increasing in recent years. There are now more than 12,500 Spanish nationals living in the Nordic country.

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On their second day, Queen Letizia and her husband were welcomed to the Royal Palace stables in Stockholm by King Carl and Queen Silvia.

They took part in a short carriage ride from the stables to the Royal Palace, followed by an official welcome ceremony.

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King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia arrive at the Royal Stables to meet King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden on November 24, 2021. © Getty King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia arrive at the Royal Stables to meet King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden on November 24, 2021.

Known for her glamorous style, Letizia chose a colour-coordinated look for her meeting with the Swedish royals.

Letizia wore an outfit by Carolina Herrera including a fur-trimmed cape, red dress and tan heels and handbag.

Her red headpiece is by Spanish label Cherubina.

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Queen Letizia wore an outfit by Carolina Herrera for her second day in Sweden. © Getty Queen Letizia wore an outfit by Carolina Herrera for her second day in Sweden.

For her arrival in Sweden the previous day, Letizia had the same Carolina Herrera fur-trimmed cape, but in black.

The fur collars on both capes appears to be real, and not faux.

If so, Letizia's choice to wear animal fur, when the practice is now highly controversial, is disappointing.

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In a disappointing move, Queen Letizia has worn what appears to be real fur. © Getty In a disappointing move, Queen Letizia has worn what appears to be real fur.

In November 2019, Queen Elizabeth of Britain was applauded for refusing to wear real fur in any future outfit. Her Majesty's senior dresser and personal advisor Angela Kelly said all fur would be replaced with faux fur in the Queen's outfits.

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After their carriage ride to the Royal Palace, Letizia and Felipe then met with Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and husband Prince Daniel, and Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia.

The Royal Palace in Stockholm is the official residence of the Swedish King and Queen and the setting for most of the official receptions of the monarchy.

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The combination of royal residence, workplace and historical monument, open to visitors all year round, makes the Royal Palace unique among royal residences in Europe.

It features more than 600 rooms divided into eleven floors with a main room overlooking the city and smaller living rooms facing the inner courtyard.

In addition to the Royal Apartments, there are three museums full of royal history.

The Spanish and Swedish monarchs then visited the Nobel Museum.

Queen Letizia and Queen Silvia at the Nobel Museum. © Getty Queen Letizia and Queen Silvia at the Nobel Museum.

But the most glamorous event of the tour so far came at night when the royals reunited for a gala dinner at the palace.

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Queen Letizia wore a navy tulle H&M ballgown from its conscious collection, a gown previously worn by Crown Princess Victoria in a series of official portraits to mark her 10th wedding anniversary in June.

The budget frock retailed for just over $400 when it was released earlier this year.

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But her tiara was far from wallet-friendly. Letizia wore the priceless diamond Fleur-de-Lys tiara, made in 1908 by Spanish royal jeweller Ansorena.

It is only to be worn by current queens of Spain.

Queen Silvia wore the Cameo tiara, Crown Princess Victoria wore the Aquamarine Kokoshnik tiara and Princess Sofia wore her Palmette tiara, which was a gift on her wedding day.

In a rare move, the Spanish royal household shared several photos from inside the gala where the main players were seated at the Presidential Table.

Queen Letizia and King Felipe will have one final day in Sweden tomorrow before returning to Madrid.

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