We are back with some newsbytes and a few retail updates.
We begin with multiple reports about a state visit next spring by Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia. While there’s no guarantee whatsoever that the Duke & Duchess will be at functions with the King & Queen, several news stories are portraying an element of the visit as some sort of fashion face-off between the Duchess and Queen Letizia. More from The Times, in a story titled ‘Watch out Kate, it’s the competition.”
They are the couple who saved the reputation of the royal family by injecting some much-needed glamour, style and modern attitudes into an institution often seen as outdated and saddled by the errors of the past.
No, not the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge but King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain… Now there are plans for the couple to come on a state visit to Britain in the spring — the first by a Spanish monarch for 30 years.
To be fair, the story carries no reference to any sort of fashion competition, nor would the reporters be responsible for the headline; at most large newspapers reporters write their stories and the headlines are created by entirely different staff. At Elle UK the headline downplays that element: “This Spanish Style Queen Could Be Kate’s New Best Friend,” while the topic is raised in the body of the story.
And while no one can send shoppers into a frenzy quite like Kate – her latest outfits regularly causing palpitations throughout the highstreet; following Queen Leticia’s hairstyle has become a national pastime in Spain, where she goes from rocking the bob to wavy, golden tresses with careless abandon.
So welcome Letizia, we think this could be the start of a beautiful friendship.
I’m just guessing here, but I think it unlikely we will see a style story about suits and ties should William and Felipe meet. (Harrumph.)