While most in the United States likely keep up with the style musings of Princess Kate Middleton, there is another majorly stylish Royal just a short plane ride from Buckingham Palace. Born Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, Queen Letizia of Spain ascended to the throne in 2014 with her husband King Felipe VI. A former journalist and news anchor, Letizia has approached her reign with a sense of modernity—she was a divorcee when she met her husband and, like Middleton, comes from a middle-class family.
Throughout her nearly two decades as part of Spain’s Royal Family, the Queen has established a signature style sense—one that places an emphasis on simple, yet entirely attention-grabbing, silhouettes. She’s made a habit of rewearing many of her favorite pieces (something Middleton has picked up, too) and has championed Spanish and Latin brands like Carolina Herrera, Felipe Varela, and Cortana, among others. And while she loves elaborate gowns and statement suits for more formal occasions, she isn’t afraid to mix in pieces from brands like Mango, Zara, and H&M. Below, a look back at Queen Letizia of Spain’s best style moments.
Audrey Schroeder is a writer, editor, and journalist who has written for the New York Times and The Washington Post. She's also an avid sports fan and has been featured in Sports Illustrated and ESPN. She loves to read about science, technology, and health issues. She loves to travel both domestically and internationally, especially when she can experience new cultures and people.