Queen Letizia style: The best looks of Spain's Kate Middleton, from affordable Asos to custom Carolina Herrera
Queen Letizia has often been called Spain’s answer to Kate Middleton. And like Kate Middleton, she prefers to mix affordable high street pieces with designer buys.
She was most recently snapped alongside the Duchess of Cambridge at the Order of the Garter service and parade in Cambridge, where the women leaned into their lookalike style by coordinating in black and white outfits.
Both ladies even accessorized in black, opting for black heels and fascinators. The other Royals present, including Sophie, Countess of Wessex, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Netherlands' Queen Maxima all wore different shades of millennial pink.
In the past, she’s opted for a leather dress from & Other Stories as well as an elegant Asos dress with delicate floral embroidery that was under $100 (it’s out of stock but the brand offers similar options). She showed off a similarly glam red maxi dress from Asos in Madrid, which was previously on sale for only $69. She's also a fan of the approachable French brand Sandro, which Princess Eugenie has named as a favorite.
Queen Letizia most often faces comparisons to the Duchess of Cambridge, but much like Meghan Markle, she had a successful career before she married into the Royal Family in 2004. She worked as a journalist before she married King Felipe in an elaborate ceremony at the Royal Palace in Madrid. And like Markle, she was previously married - but still had a fairy tale-worthy Royal wedding
She previously worked for news channels including CNN+ and 24 Horas. She reported from Ground Zero in New York City after 9/11.
She met her husband at a dinner party arranged by fellow journalists in 2002. They announced their engagement in 2003, surprising the country as they had kept their relationship under wraps.
Queen Letizia is notable for mixing high and low designers, as well as giving Spanish brands their time to shine. Her wedding gown was an elegant, long-sleeved dress from the Spanish designer Manuel Pertegaz, which she paired with a floral tiara.
As with Middleton and Markle, there are fan accounts devoted to crediting what she wears. Queen Letizia Style documents her ensembles while on Royal tours and offers breakdowns of each outfit, from custom Carolina Herrera to Bottega Veneta frocks and a starry Nina Ricci number she’s re-worn.
Her Royal life has not been without controversy. She became the Queen of Spain in June 2014 after King Juan Carlos abdicated and was the first Spanish Queen born a commoner.
A video of Spain's Royal family went viral in April 2018, which raised a few questions. In the footage, Queen Letizia was seen apparently blocking her mother-in-law Queen Sofia from taking a photograph with her two daughters. The tense moment appeared to escalate when her daughter, Princess Leonor, pushed her grandmother’s arm off her shoulder.
But she’s about far more than her personal style and alleged Royal Family feuds.
Like the British Royals, Letizia is a strong advocate for mental health awareness. One recent appearance was at the Medios de Comunicacion y Salud Mental, a mental health conference in Madrid. Her work also focuses on social justice issues, including children’s rights and education.