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Queen Letizia looks glamorous as she joins Prince of Wales at the National Gallery



Sealed with a kiss! Queen Letizia of Spain looks glamorous in a multicoloured dress as she joins Prince of Wales at the National Gallery for new exhibition

  • Queen Letizia, 46, wore a green and blue flowered dress and emerald earrings
  • Prince Charles greeted the Spanish Royal Letizia with a kiss on the cheek  
  • They were at the exhibition by Spanish impressionist, Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida

By Rebecca English Royal Correspondent For The Daily Mail and Sarah Finley For Mailonline

Published: 15:57 EDT, 13 March 2019 | Updated: 20:02 EDT, 13 March 2019

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The Queen of Spain and Prince of Wales have jointly celebrated the opening of a National Gallery exhibition of works by a Spanish impressionist, in an evening hailed as a moment of European unity. 

Letizia, 46, looked glamorous in a green and blue flowered dress, thought to be custom Caroline Herrera, while Prince Charles was dressed in blue pinstriped suit for the occasion.

The Prince of Wales is a Patron of the National Gallery and they both previewed the new exhibition by the late Spanish impressionist, Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida. 

Greeting each other with a kiss, the Spanish royal also matched her dress with Bvlgari emerald earrings, rumoured to cost around £13,000.

Prince Charles took Queen Letizia's hand tonight as they greeted each other at the National Gallery
Prince Charles took Queen Letizia's hand tonight as they greeted each other at the National Gallery

Prince Charles took Queen Letizia's hand tonight as they greeted each other at the National Gallery

The Prince of Wales and Queen Letizia of Spain attended the opening of the exhibition 'Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light' at the National Gallery
The Prince of Wales and Queen Letizia of Spain attended the opening of the exhibition 'Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light' at the National Gallery

The Prince of Wales and Queen Letizia of Spain attended the opening of the exhibition 'Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light' at the National Gallery

Queen Letizia of Spain joined Prince Charles tonight at at the opening of Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light at the National Gallery
Queen Letizia of Spain joined Prince Charles tonight at at the opening of Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light at the National Gallery

Queen Letizia of Spain joined Prince Charles tonight at at the opening of Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light at the National Gallery

Dress to impress like Queen Letizia wearing Carolina Herrera

It’s been a busy week at the National Portrait Gallery. After hosting a star-studded gala on Tuesday evening with guests including the Duchess of Cambridge, they opened their doors to royalty again on Wednesday, as Princes Charles and Queen Letizia of Spain celebrated the opening of the new 'Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light' exhibition.

Once again Queen Letizia dressed to impress, this time she wore a custom Carolina Herrera dress with Nina Ricci suede pumps, and completed the look with her previously worn Bvlgari ‘MVSA’ collection earrings.

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 Queen Letizia and the Prince, who spoke warmly throughout the hour-long visit, were shown dozens of works by Sorolla, described as the 'master of light' in a glamorous evening at the London gallery.

The Spanish Queen, said be affected by traffic, was around 20 minutes late to meet the Prince, who had waited in the foyer of the Sainsbury Wing for her before eventually deciding to get a sneak peek of the exhibition himself before she arrived.

When she walked down the steps, the pair greeted one another with a smile and a double kiss on the cheek.

The Prince of Wales listens to Queen Letizia of Spain attend the opening of Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light at the National Gallery
The Prince of Wales listens to Queen Letizia of Spain attend the opening of Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light at the National Gallery

The Prince of Wales listens to Queen Letizia of Spain attend the opening of Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light at the National Gallery

The pair took a guided tour of the exhibition, both stopping to look at each painting, talking to each other about each one of them
The pair took a guided tour of the exhibition, both stopping to look at each painting, talking to each other about each one of them

The pair took a guided tour of the exhibition, both stopping to look at each painting, talking to each other about each one of them

The Prince of Wales and Queen Letizia of Spain make their way around the opening of Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light at the National Gallery in London
The Prince of Wales and Queen Letizia of Spain make their way around the opening of Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light at the National Gallery in London

The Prince of Wales and Queen Letizia of Spain make their way around the opening of Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light at the National Gallery in London

Queen Letizia admires one of the paintings while talking to Prince Charles and officials at the gallery
Queen Letizia admires one of the paintings while talking to Prince Charles and officials at the gallery

Queen Letizia admires one of the paintings while talking to Prince Charles and officials at the gallery

Letizia, 46, looked glamorous in a green and blue flowered dress, while Prince Charles was dressed in blue pinstriped suit for the occasion
Letizia, 46, looked glamorous in a green and blue flowered dress, while Prince Charles was dressed in blue pinstriped suit for the occasion

Letizia, 46, looked glamorous in a green and blue flowered dress, while Prince Charles was dressed in blue pinstriped suit for the occasion

The former journalist looked happy and relaxed to be there, wearing her hair tied back and natural makeup, with a hint of smokey eye.  

They were shown around by Dr Gabriele Finaldi, director of the gallery, and curator Christopher Riopelle, and accompanied by a large entourage including Sarah Chatto.

The royal pair appeared to get on famously, with the Queen regularly touching the Prince's arm to guide him towards a favourite painting or to navigate through the gallery. 

The last time Queen Letizia of Spain visited the UK was in July 2017, while the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall last paid an official visit to Spain in March 2011
The last time Queen Letizia of Spain visited the UK was in July 2017, while the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall last paid an official visit to Spain in March 2011

The last time Queen Letizia of Spain visited the UK was in July 2017, while the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall last paid an official visit to Spain in March 2011

The former journalist looked happy and relaxed to be there, wearing her hair tied back and natural make up, with a hint of smokey eye
The former journalist looked happy and relaxed to be there, wearing her hair tied back and natural make up, with a hint of smokey eye

The former journalist looked happy and relaxed to be there, wearing her hair tied back and natural make up, with a hint of smokey eye

Told by Dr Finaldi that curators had brought in a portrait of Princess Beatrice of Battenberg, the great-great-grandmother of Philip VI of Spain and sister of the great-great-grandmother of Prince Charles on loan from the National Portrait Gallery next door, Queen Letizia said: 'I recognise it!' 

 In a large reception, where champagne and canapés flowed for hundreds of guests, Queen Letizia and the Prince were thanked in a speech by Hannah Rothschild, the chairman of the gallery, who praised their symbolic unity during difficult political times.

At time when it feels like Britain is turning its back on Europe, it is particularly pleasing to see you here, Your Majesty,' she said.

'Art always has and always will transcend borders. British art owes a huge debt of gratitude to the Royal Family of Spain.'

They were shown around by Dr Gabriele Finaldi, director of the gallery, and curator Christopher Riopelle, and accompanied by a large entourage including Sarah Chatto
They were shown around by Dr Gabriele Finaldi, director of the gallery, and curator Christopher Riopelle, and accompanied by a large entourage including Sarah Chatto

They were shown around by Dr Gabriele Finaldi, director of the gallery, and curator Christopher Riopelle, and accompanied by a large entourage including Sarah Chatto

The royal pair appeared to get on famously, with the Queen regularly touching the Prince's arm to guide him towards a favourite painting or to navigate through the gallery
The royal pair appeared to get on famously, with the Queen regularly touching the Prince's arm to guide him towards a favourite painting or to navigate through the gallery

The royal pair appeared to get on famously, with the Queen regularly touching the Prince's arm to guide him towards a favourite painting or to navigate through the gallery

The Queen and Prince spent around 15 minutes mingling with guests, being introduced to donors, those involved in bringing the exhibition together, and Spanish guests including Tamara Rojo, the ballerina.

Speaking afterwards, Christopher Riopelle said: 'She (Queen Letizia) had perfect English. She knows the artist very well and so it was in many ways like greeting an old friend. 

'We talked about him, and she in turn talked a lot to Prince Charles about him, sharing her knowledge. It seemed to be a very relaxed evening. They seemed to be very friendly.' 

 The last time Queen Letizia of Spain visited the UK was in July 2017, while the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall last paid an official visit to Spain in March 2011.  

Queen Letizia's fitted green silk dress was perfect for the occasion and had blue and pink flowers on it
Queen Letizia's fitted green silk dress was perfect for the occasion and had blue and pink flowers on it

Queen Letizia's fitted green silk dress was perfect for the occasion and had blue and pink flowers on it 

Greeting each other with a kiss, the Spanish royal also matched her dress with emerald earrings
Greeting each other with a kiss, the Spanish royal also matched her dress with emerald earrings

Greeting each other with a kiss, the Spanish royal also matched her dress with emerald earrings

The majority of the works for the exhibition, the first solo show of works by Spain's Impressionist Sorolla in more than a century, have been loaned from Spanish institutions.

Other Spanish private collectors were persuaded to loan their paintings after hearing of the prestigious exhibition, with the attendance of the Queen helping to convince them.

A spokesman for the National Gallery said: 'In 1990, the National Gallery was honoured to welcome Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain to open our exhibition Painting in Spain in the later 18th Century, and again in 2006 Her Royal Highness Infanta Cristina to open Velázquez.

'Both were historic occasions for the National Gallery and it is with this in mind that our Director, Dr Gabriele Finaldi, invited Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain to attend the opening Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light.

As the pair welcomed each other Prince Charles laughed and took Queen Letizia's hand
As the pair welcomed each other Prince Charles laughed and took Queen Letizia's hand

As the pair welcomed each other Prince Charles laughed and took Queen Letizia's hand

The pair looked happy and relaxed as they made their way round the exhibition at the National Gallery.
The pair looked happy and relaxed as they made their way round the exhibition at the National Gallery.

The pair looked happy and relaxed as they made their way round the exhibition at the National Gallery.

'We are delighted that Her Majesty accepted the invitation and will attend with our Royal Patron His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.' 

Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light will include portraits and genre scenes of Spanish life, as well as the landscapes, garden views, and beach scenes for which he is most renowned. 

Filling the Sainsbury Wing exhibition galleries, the display will feature sixty works spanning the artist's career, including important masterpieces on loan from public and private collections in Europe and the United States.  

Prince Charles has had a busy day, this afternoon he attended the annual Prince's Trust Awards at the London Palladium, to celebrate the success of young people helped by his Prince's Trust. 

The Prince of Wales is a Patron of the National Gallery and they will both be previewing the new exhibition by the late Spanish impressionist, Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida
The Prince of Wales is a Patron of the National Gallery and they will both be previewing the new exhibition by the late Spanish impressionist, Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida

The Prince of Wales is a Patron of the National Gallery and they will both be previewing the new exhibition by the late Spanish impressionist, Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida

 

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