Chinese State Visit to Spain

King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain are hosting the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, and First Lady Peng Liyuan on a two-Day State Visit to Spain to to celebrate and build diplomatic, economic, and cultural ties from November 27 to the 28th.

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On the afternoon of November 27th, King Felipe hosted a meeting with President Xi Jinping at the Palace of La Zarzuela, which was also attended by senior Spanish Minister and members of the Chinese Delegation. Later, the King and Queen Letizia  hosted a private dinner for the President and First Lady Peng Liyuan at the Palace of La Zarzuela.

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On the morning of November 28th, King Felipe and Queen Letizia officially welcomed President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan at an Official Welcome ceremony in the courtyard of the Royal Palace in Madrid. During the ceremony, the King and the President reviewed a battalion of the Royal Guard and viewed a parade. Afterwards, the Queen and First Lady visited the Teatro Real de Madrid.

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In the evening, King Felipe and Queen Letizia hosted a State Banquet in honour of the President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan of the People’s Republic of China at the Royal Palace of Madrid. Both the King and President gave speeches.

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For the meeting and dinner, King Felipe wore a dark suit with a red tie. Queen Letizia repeated her peacock blue Felipe Varela dress with her Bvlgari aquamarine teardrop earrings and a ‘Joyas de Pasar’ Bracelet. In the morning, King Felipe wore a dark suit with a red tie Queen Letizia wore Carolina Herrera coat over an Asos dress. In the evening, King Felipe wore White Tie with the neck badge of the Order of the Golden Fleece, the Sash and Star of the Order of Charles III, and his medals. Queen Letizia wore a black velvet evening gown with Queen Maria Christina’s Cartier Loop Tiara (for the first time), the Joyas de Pasar Earrings and Bracelets, her Fleur de Lys Brooch, and the Sash and Star of the Order of Charles III.


5 thoughts on “Chinese State Visit to Spain

  1. WOW!!!! Queen Letizia is wearing at last the only one of the Spanish tiaras left to see on her. She’s on a roll, having also worn the Cartier Pearl tiara earlier in the year. I’m so glad to see that all the tiaras in the Spanish collection are intact and are going to continue to be used. I so much prefer to see them being used than in a museum display. They might still be pretty to see, but nothing compares to actually seeing them worn. She was wearing a repeated gown, but it looked divine with such a big tiara so it was a great choice. The First Lady of China was looking very excellent as well. Her style is very classic and sober. Her gala gown is very proper and her pearls are the perfect complement. Both ladies were lovely!

    1. I agree! She does look lovely! I think she might still wear the Niarchos Ruby Tiara, so there is some room for surprises! I am, however, hoping for Queen Letizia to wear more necklaces from now on!

      1. There are two things she hardly ever wears and those are rings and necklaces. Sometimes she wears huge rings which are obviously not quite “real”, but actual diamond or pearl rings, etc., I have yet to see her wear. As for necklaces, she wore the pearl necklace from the “joyas de pasar” a few weeks ago and that has been about it as far as I remember. I don’t know about the Niarchos Ruby tirara/necklace. I think that may be Queen Sofia’s personal property so I don’t know if she’ll lend it to Queen Letizia. Maybe. Queen Sofia also has a lovely ruby pendant that she sometimes attached to a pearl necklace. I wonder about that as well because I think that it used to belong to Queen Frederica. Maybe the Infanta Leonor will get to wear those? However, there is a necklace made up of luscious “chatones”, huge diamonds, that are also part of the “joyas de pasar” that Queen Letizia still hasn’t used. I really don’t understand how can someone refrain from using these lovely jewels. If I were she, I would have worn them a long time ago! 🙂

  2. Oh yes! I remember reading it! This pendant, especially hanging from her pearl necklace, is such a favorite of mine. That and Princess Margaret’s diamond and pearl earrings (now owned and worn by her daughter Lady Sarah) are two pieces of royal jewelry that I simply adore. I love other pieces, but they’re so grand I couldn’t possibly wear them in my life. But those two pieces definitely yes!!!

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