Spain’s Queen Letizia, 43, dazzled in a striking two-tone black and white set (designed by her dressmaker Felipe Varela) for her first public appearance of 2016.
She was on parade in Madrid on Wednesday while her husband King Felipe, 47, took the salute at Pascua Militar, a traditional military ceremony dating back to 1782 that honors the nation’s armed forces.
Letizia’s outfit, as required by protocol, featured a long dark dress to cover her legs, but incorporated both a revealing split and patterned lace detail at its foot.
The royal mom teamed the dress with a contrasting white jacket, high heels and a clutch bag by Reliquiae.
She accessorized her look with pearl earrings, topping off the ensemble with a simple low bun.
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Some 1,100 miles northeast in the small West Netherlands town of Lisse, Queen Máxima also favored a monochrome mood as she resumed her royal routine following a three-week break.
Her dark outfit proved the perfect foil to colorful tulips blooming throughout Keukenhof, one of the world’s largest flower gardens.
Despite reports that her 87-year-old father, Jorge Zorreguieta, had been hospitalized after a fall the previous day, the Dutch Queen was all smiles as she presented the 30th-annual Horticultural Entrepreneur Award for 2016 there.
Buenos Aires-born Queen Máxima was pictured in local newspapers wearing a dark cape over a patterned silk shift dress and black heels, along with a black fedora and leather clutch.