Queen Letizia of Spain hosts reception with King Felipe VI in Madrid

King Felipe VI spoke f his ‘regret’ over Brexit on Tuesday as he joined his wife for a diplomatic reception in Madrid. 

Queen Letizia paired a floor-length skirt with a crisp white shirt to greet the Diplomatic Corps in the opulent Throne Room of the Royal Palace.

Letizia, 46, wore her hair in a chic low bun and teamed her maroon skirt with a pair of pointed heels and diamond earrings.

The royal couple were joined at the reception by Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and Minister of Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell.

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She means business! Queen Letizia looked impeccable once again on Tuesday as she joined her husband for a reception at the Royal Palace of Madrid with husband King Felipe VI

She means business! Queen Letizia looked impeccable once again on Tuesday as she joined her husband for a reception at the Royal Palace of Madrid with husband King Felipe VI

She means business! Queen Letizia looked impeccable once again on Tuesday as she joined her husband for a reception at the Royal Palace of Madrid with husband King Felipe VI

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Royally sharp: Queen Letizia paired a floor-length skirt with a crisp white shirt to greet the Diplomatic Corps in the opulent Throne Room of the Royal Palace on Tuesday

Royally sharp: Queen Letizia paired a floor-length skirt with a crisp white shirt to greet the Diplomatic Corps in the opulent Throne Room of the Royal Palace on Tuesday

Royally sharp: Queen Letizia paired a floor-length skirt with a crisp white shirt to greet the Diplomatic Corps in the opulent Throne Room of the Royal Palace on Tuesday

In a speech to his guests, Felipe stressed the importance of ‘democracy and coexistence’ and Spain’s need to ‘count on the support of our allies, partners and friends’.

He also spoke of his ‘regret’ at the UK’s imminent departure from the EU, adding: ‘Spaniards cannot conceive of a Europe that renounces the goal of an ever closer union. 

‘We will continue contributing to a project that makes us stronger and offers us assurances in a world full of uncertainties. 

‘In this framework, the deepening of bilateral relations with our EU partners is also essential. 

Style queen: Queen Letizia, 46, wore her hair in a chic low bun and teamed her maroon skirt with a pair of pointed heels and diamond earrings in Madrid on Tuesday

Style queen: Queen Letizia, 46, wore her hair in a chic low bun and teamed her maroon skirt with a pair of pointed heels and diamond earrings in Madrid on Tuesday

Style queen: Queen Letizia, 46, wore her hair in a chic low bun and teamed her maroon skirt with a pair of pointed heels and diamond earrings in Madrid on Tuesday

Queen Letizia, 46, pairs a maroon maxi skirt with a crisp white shirt and stilettos

Queen Letizia, 46, pairs a maroon maxi skirt with a crisp white shirt and stilettos

Letizia joined her husband King Felipe VI at Madrid's Royal Palace on Tuesday for a diplomatic reception

Letizia joined her husband King Felipe VI at Madrid's Royal Palace on Tuesday for a diplomatic reception

Queen Letizia, 46, pairs a maroon maxi skirt with a crisp white shirt and stilettos as she joins her husband King Felipe VI at Madrid’s Royal Palace on Tuesday for a diplomatic reception

Queen Letizia and husband King Felipe VI in Madrid on Tuesday. The couple were joined at the reception by Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and Minister of Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell

Queen Letizia and husband King Felipe VI in Madrid on Tuesday. The couple were joined at the reception by Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and Minister of Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell

Queen Letizia and husband King Felipe VI in Madrid on Tuesday. The couple were joined at the reception by Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and Minister of Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell

The royal couple greet guests at Madrid's Royal Palace. In a speech to his guests, Felipe stressed the importance of 'democracy and coexistence' as the UK prepares to leave the EU

The royal couple greet guests at Madrid's Royal Palace. In a speech to his guests, Felipe stressed the importance of 'democracy and coexistence' as the UK prepares to leave the EU

The royal couple greet guests at Madrid’s Royal Palace. In a speech to his guests, Felipe stressed the importance of ‘democracy and coexistence’ as the UK prepares to leave the EU

Queen Letizia and King Felipe VI greeted a number of Foreign Ambassadors, the King shared his 'regret' at the UK's imminent departure from the EU as part of his speech 

Queen Letizia and King Felipe VI greeted a number of Foreign Ambassadors, the King shared his 'regret' at the UK's imminent departure from the EU as part of his speech 

Queen Letizia and King Felipe VI greeted a number of Foreign Ambassadors, the King shared his ‘regret’ at the UK’s imminent departure from the EU as part of his speech 

Letizia had a lengthy career in TV and newspapers before she met the heir to the throne

Letizia had a lengthy career in TV and newspapers before she met the heir to the throne

Letizia dazzled with a golden blusher and plum lipstick paired with smokey eye make-up

Letizia dazzled with a golden blusher and plum lipstick paired with smokey eye make-up

Letizia who had a lengthy career in TV and newspapers before she met the heir to the throne, dazzled with a golden blusher and plum lipstick paired with smokey eye make-up 

Letizia met King Felipe VI during a visit to an oil spill which she was reporting on in 2002, she and Felipe married in the Catholic Church in 2004

Letizia met King Felipe VI during a visit to an oil spill which she was reporting on in 2002, she and Felipe married in the Catholic Church in 2004

Letizia met King Felipe VI during a visit to an oil spill which she was reporting on in 2002, she and Felipe married in the Catholic Church in 2004

‘We are aware that 2019 will be a year with important changes for the way in which we have conceived this common project for years.’ 

He added: ‘The announced departure from the United Kingdom of the Union will have consequences that are still difficult to assess today. 

‘We regret the progress of a country that we have felt, and will feel, is a key ally in the management of many of the great challenges we face in common.’ 

In July 2017, Felipe VI and Letizia made a state visit to the UK where they joined the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall for an opulent state dinner at Buckingham Palace.

Letizia and King Felipe VI came to the UK in 2017 for a state dinner at Buckingham Palace with the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall

Letizia and King Felipe VI came to the UK in 2017 for a state dinner at Buckingham Palace with the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall

Letizia and King Felipe VI came to the UK in 2017 for a state dinner at Buckingham Palace with the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall

Who is Queen Letizia of Spain?

The eldest daughter of Jesus Alvarez, a journalist, and his first wife Maria Rodriguez, a nurse, Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano was born in Oviedo, northern Spain.

One sister, Telma, became an economist; the other, Erika, committed suicide by taking an overdose while suffering from depression.

Before meeting the heir to the Spanish throne, Letizia enjoyed a lengthy career in TV and newspapers.

She completed a BA in journalism, followed by a masters in audiovisual journalism.

After a stint at Asturian daily paper, La Nueva España, she went on to work for ABC, a popular national newspaper that enjoys the third largest circulation in Spain.

Next came a stint at Spanish news agency EFE before a move to Guadalajara in Mexico saw her take on a role on local paper, Siglo 21.

Back in Spain a year later, she worked for the Spanish version of Bloomberg, a news channel and agency specialising in economics, before moving to CNN+.

Before she met Felipe of Spain, Letizia was married to high school teacher Alonso Guerrero Perez, who was nine years her senior.

The couple wed in 1998 following a ten-year romance – with the pair meeting when the future Spanish queen was just 16.

The couple tied the knot in a civil ceremony in the town of Almendralejo, Badajoz, but divorced the following year after just one year of marriage.

By the time she met her husband-to-be, Felipe in 2002, Letizia was working for popular TV channel 24 Horas, where along with anchoring the popular Telediario 2 evening news bulletin she reported on a wide range of breaking news event – among them the 2000 US presidential elections and the 9/11 attacks.

The couple met when Felipe visited the site of an oil spill, which the journalist was reporting on.  

However, her status as a divorcee caused controversy in Spain ahead of the royal wedding, along with rumours she’d had a secret abortion. 

She was only allowed to marry Felipe in the Catholic Church in 2004 as she had previously  had a civil ceremony with ex-husband Alonso. 

As time wore on she was criticised for being unsmiling on official engagements. Then there was further controversy when she had surgery on her nose in 2008.

The official explanation was that she had a deviated septum which had to be fixed. But commentators were quick to point out that her post-operation nose looked a little daintier too.

Another book, The Court of Felipe VI, published in 2015, alleged that former King Juan Carlos ‘never liked the arrival of a journalist in a place that had traditionally been an opaque haven from the fourth estate’.

Controversy arose earlier this year when footage appeared to show a tense stand-off between the current Queen and her mother-in-law Queen Sofia at mass at Palma Cathedral. 

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