King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia hosted the annual New Year reception for the Diplomatic Corps at the Royal Palace in Madrid.
The King and Queen were received by the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Arancha González Laya.
During a speech, King Felipe VI touched on the recent inauguration of President Joe Biden. "In the United States a new presidency has begun its mandate a few days ago. I want to congratulate its newly inaugurated president. We trust that, together with the new administration, we will continue to strengthen deep historical ties that unite us and that cover the most varied fields - politics, defense, economy, culture or society. I express my best wishes for the presidency of the new president, with the conviction that our relations will be strengthened." Continuing to discuss diplomatic areas of focus, Felipe added, "Spain, by geography and by vocation, always sees the Mediterranean as a key natural space for our security and our development."
Felipe and Letizia with Monsignor Bernardito Auza.
The event offered a very rare gown appearance for this month. Letizia was effortlessly chic in a blue gown she's worn previously. Letizia styled her hair in a sleek bun and completed the look with a pair of statement earrings.
The post initially suggested the gown is an Alejandro de Miguel design. That is not the case. The eagled-eyed Queen Letizia's Style (run by the fabulous Elizabeth) confirmed this.