We've got to hand it to duchesses
Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, as they certainly do us proud in the fashion stakes. From the savvy re-wearing of their favourite garms ( here's looking at you, Kate) to unashamedly overdressing for casual outings ( it's always better to be smarter than sloppy, right Meghan?), they never fail to inspire us.
However, it seems they're not the only royals who have the Midas touch when it comes to pulling together an outfit.
Alongside other princesses from around the globe, there's one sovereign in particular who's been serving up some standout ensembles of late: Queen Letizia of Spain.
The wife of King Felipe VI of Spain, Queen Letizia is fast becoming known for her flawless attire. Sure, she might have the world's greatest designers queuing outside the castle to dress her, but just like Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, she often
opts for more affordable brands, too.
Her innate flair for mixing high-end and high-street pieces ensures she always looks the polished part whilst still tapping into major seasonal trends.
From the regal uniform of frock coats and
matching accessories to daring minidresses (yes, really) and bold displays of colour, she's proving herself to be a force to be reckoned with on the royal fashion circuit. Continue on below and you'll see why Queen Letizia's style is worthy of all the hype. Queen Letizia knows the most elegant way to wear an off-the-shoulder dress is to keep the hemline below the knee. Chic, chic, chic. The dress, we like. Those perspex-strap courts, we love. We've heard of matching your bag to your outfit, but we intend on coordinating our lipstick to our ensembles from here on out. Whatever she's wearing underneath, it's being overshadowed by this fabulous, winter-ready coat. The simple gold detailing elevates this outfit to stylish new heights. Even the ever-daunting cape dress is no match for fearless Letizia. We'd wear this to board a yacht in the South of France or, you know, to shake the hands of various diplomats. Either way, we're here for it. Kate Middleton swears by frock coats for formal engagements, and it seems Queen Letizia does too. The fact she's expertly matched the base hue to that of her courts is, naturally, no accident. It takes confidence to clash your prints with such ease. Of course, this is no problem for the sartorially-blessed Spanish monarch. Thanks, Letizia, for inspiring our next "cocktails with the girls" attire with this monochromatic waistcoat-and-leather-leggings combination. We can just see Kate Middleton channelling this denim look at next year's polo. The knee-length hemline is ideal for running after the royal tots. This silhouette is reminiscent of Dior's "New Look" suit, loaning an hourglass shape to Letizia's figure. Queen Letizia loves a jumpsuit, and this has to be one of her best. The one-shoulder detailing and draped train give it royal grandeur whilst the navy hue and minimal use of accessories ensure it doesn't look over-the-top. This ensemble screams Olivia Palermo, which can only be a good thing. Even in Spain, sheer tights are still part of the royal uniform. However, note how Letizia opts for black instead of our duchess-approved beige. This colour really suits her—as does the short, sleek bob. Full disclosure: We'll be using this as a reference at our next haircut appointment. Wow—is she a queen or a Hollywood screen siren? With this look, it's impossible to tell. This tweed-and-leather-leggings pairing looks as if its come straight off the Chanel runway. Stunning. The allure of the high street is not lost on HRH. This Massimo Dutti dress sold out within minutes of her wearing it. Okay, can someone please share Queen Letizia's arm workout with us? We'll also take that gorgeous poppy print skirt while you're at it. A Queen in a minidress? Letizia makes her own rules at the Francisco Cerecedo Journalism Award ceremony in Madrid. If Kate Middleton or Meghan Markle attempted to step out in this, the queen would likely tell them to go back upstairs and change. That's right—Queen Letizia wore your newfound favourite skirt before this season's penchant for leopard print was even a thing. Having to look polished 24/7 is hard graft, but Queen Letizia knows she can never go wrong with a neutral ensemble. Cute skirt, cute knit, cute Instagram-friendly backdrop. Proving cream-and-black polka-dot dresses are her thing in this floaty number. Her love of red hasn't evaded us, but this has to be her boldest take on the hue yet. See? We told you she likes red. Oh, and we don't think we've seen anyone give such strong sock boots since Balenciaga debuted them on the runway. Comfortable and classy. Queen Letizia even manages to make side-stripe trews look sophisticated. Her majesty has worn this £370 Hugo Boss trench more times than we can count, and we don't blame her. Making a case for cool occasionwear, this velvet, long-sleeved column dress would be perfect for that winter wedding we have coming up. A diamond tiara and a ball gown. Need we elaborate?
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