They’re both married to powerful men, but tonight they discovered they had a shared sense of style too.
Queen Letizia of Spain, 46, met with the Chinese president’s wife Peng Liyuan, 56, at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid on Tuesday and both women opted to wear royal blue for the occasion.
They were joined by their respective husbands King Felipe VI, 50, and President Xi Jinping, 65, to mark the start of the politician’s four country tour, which started in Spain today.
Queen Letizia of Spain, 46, (right) met with the Chinese president’s wife Peng Liyuan, 56, (left) at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid on Tuesday
The occasion was to welcome President Xi Jinping, 65, on his visit to Spain, as part of his four country tour. Pictured left to right: Peng Liyuan, President XI, 65, King Felipe VI, 50, and Queen Letizia
The two women appeared to be getting along famously as both wore broad smiles and Letizia put an arm around Peng
Letizia dazzled in a mid-length blue dress that had a sleeveless design and a lace hem.
She wore a matching pair of blue stilettos and accesorised with a diamond bracelet on her left wrist.
The mother-of-two wore her bobbed brunette tresses loose around her shoulders and opted for a smoky eye and nude berry lipstick.
Peng Liyuan wore an oriental style dress in navy that complimented Letizia’s own outfit perfectly.
Both women looked resplent in blue dresses, with Peng wearing a traditional Chinese dress and Letizia wearing a sleeveless number
Letizia wore a large pair of blue earrings (right) while Peng wore a simple pair of studs for the occasion
Letizia’s dress was mid-length and had a lace hem, while Peng’s sat on the knee. Letizia posed alongside her husband King Felipe (second picture)
The group posed for several photographs at the welcoming ceremony. Pictured left to right: Peng Liyuan, President XI King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia
Peng, dubbed China’s First Lady by the Chinese press, wore her hair in a chignon and sported a pair of matching heels.
Spain and China are expected to sign around 20 intergovernmental and business agreements on Wednesday, including rules to avoid double-taxation and a deal to export on-the-bone legs of Iberian ham to China.
Both countries will also explore joint bids in infrastructure, energy and telecommunications projects in Africa and Latin America, a Spanish top official told the Associated Press.
Xi arrived Tuesday at a private terminal in Madrid’s airport accompanied by China’s first lady, Peng
The couple are in the country as part of their four country tour, which will end in December
The two women appeared to be enjoying each other’s company as they smiled while entering the room for the photocall
Letizia and Peng walked in sync as they left the room, and both wore very similar pairs of blue stilettos with their blue dresses
But the official, who was not authorized to be named, emphasized that Xi and Spain’s Socialist prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, will also upgrade their countries’ ‘strategic framework relationship’ to reflect Beijing’s greater influence in world affairs since the last state visit, in 2005.
That move also aims to respond to the uncertainty raised by trade tensions between Beijing and Washington and a stricter European Union approach to Chinese investment since the bloc’s parliament approved a new screening scheme to shield strategic sectors in its member states.
Xi arrived Tuesday at a private terminal in Madrid’s airport accompanied by China’s first lady, Peng Liyuan, as well as Chinese entrepreneurs and other Communist Party officials.
Peng wore her hair in a chingnon, while Letizia wore her bobbed brunette tresses loose around her shoulder at the event
Letizia married King Felipe ten years ago at Cathedral Santa María la Real de la Almudena in Madrid and they have two daughters together. Pictured: Peng (left) and Letizia (right) at the photocall in Madrid tonight
President Xi (front left) and King Felipe (front right) entered the photocall together side by side, with their wives Peng (back left) and Letizia (back right) following behind them
The two leaders President Xi (second left) and King Felipe (second) appeared to be getting along well as they posed for photographs
On Wednesday, he will be welcomed with a lavish ceremony at the Royal Palace in central Madrid and will be treated to a state banquet by King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain.
The mayor of Madrid will give Xi the keys of the Spanish capital and the Chinese leader will deliver a speech in the Spanish Senate.
The Chinese delegation is scheduled to fly on Thursday to Buenos Aires, to attend the G20 leaders’ summit in the Argentinian capital. Xi’s tour ends on Dec. 5 after stops in Panama and Portugal.
President Xi and King Felipe left the photocall first while their wives followed close behind
Letizia appeared to be sharing a joke with Peng as she giggled and fixed her hair while they left the event
The Chinese delegation is scheduled to fly on Thursday to Buenos Aires, to attend the G20 leaders’ summit in the Argentinian capital. Xi’s tour ends on Dec. 5 after stops in Panama and Portugal
On Wednesday, he will be welcomed with a lavish ceremony at the Royal Palace in central Madrid and will be treated to a state banquet by the royal couple
Queen Letizia is mother to Princesses Leonor, 12, and Sofia, 11, with husband King Felipe, 50, who ascended to the Spanish throne in 2014.
Letizia married King Felipe ten years ago at Cathedral Santa María la Real de la Almudena in Madrid.
The relationship began in November 2002 and in 2003, just months after she had been promoted to the position of anchor on the national news channel, she quit her job and days later the royal engagement was announced.