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Queen Letizia of Spain looks chic in a knitted maxi dress

Can’t beat a little black dress! Queen Letizia of Spain looks elegant in a knitted midi while attending a prize-giving ceremony in Madrid

  • Hispanic queen, 47, today joined her husband, 52, in the Royal Palace of El Pardo
  • She looked polished in a black maxi dress and boots with knee-high heels for an outing
  • Royal pair attended the annual ceremony for the National Research Awards

Queen Letizia of Spain looked polished in a black midi dress when she joined her husband King Felipe today for an award ceremony in Madrid.

The Spanish queen, 47, appeared cheerfully when she arrived with her husband, 52, in the Royal Palace of El Pardo for the National Research Awards.

She combined her chic dress with long sleeves – with an elegant asymmetrical neckline – with a striking leather belt around her waist and, for the occasion, wore boots with knee-high heels.

The mother of two wore her brunette locks in her typical style – loose around her shoulders and tucked away behind her ears – and opted for a light makeup layer.

Queen Letizia of Spain looked polished in a black maxi dress when she joined her husband King Felipe today for an award ceremony in Madrid

Queen Letizia of Spain looked polished in a black maxi dress when she joined her husband King Felipe today for an award ceremony in Madrid

She combined her chic long-sleeved dress with a striking leather belt around her waist and for the occasion wore boots with knee-high heels

She combined her chic long-sleeved dress with a striking leather belt around her waist and for the occasion wore boots with knee-high heels

She combined her chic long-sleeved dress with a striking leather belt around her waist and for the occasion wore boots with knee-high heels

Letizia completed her stylish ensemble with small silver earrings and a gold ring with a circular design by designer Karen Hallam.

King Felipe also dressed to impress in a dark pinstripe suit while sitting next to his wife in the audience during the annual ceremony.

He combined his suit with a classic white shirt and wore a powder blue tie for the occasion.

The couple attended the National Research Awards in Madrid – an annual ceremony for innovators in the fields of medicine, biology, engineering, social sciences and humanities.

Letizia was accompanied at the ceremony by her husband, King Felipe VI, who dressed to impress in a dark pinstripe suit

Letizia was accompanied at the ceremony by her husband, King Felipe VI, who dressed to impress in a dark pinstripe suit

Letizia was accompanied at the ceremony by her husband, King Felipe VI, who dressed to impress in a dark pinstripe suit

The mother of two wore her brunette locks in her typical style - loose around her shoulders and tucked away behind her ears

The mother of two wore her brunette locks in her typical style - loose around her shoulders and tucked away behind her ears

The mother of two wore her brunette locks in her typical style – loose around her shoulders and tucked away behind her ears

Pictured: King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain are in the audience during the National Research Awards in Madrid

Pictured: King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain are in the audience during the National Research Awards in Madrid

Pictured: King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain are in the audience during the National Research Awards in Madrid

Later they posed with two men and two women who received plaques during the ceremony at El Pardo Palace.

The ceremony followed a busy week for the royal couple, who attended two engagements on Friday in Andalusia in the south of the country.

Letizia and Felipe traveled to Almonte to chair a concluding scientific congress held at the Salvador Távora Theater to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Doñana National Park.

Prior to their tour through the nature reserve, the couple stopped at Plaza Virgen del Rocío, where they were greeted by a patriotic crowd.

Felipe combined his suit with a classic white shirt and wore a power blue tie for the occasion

Felipe combined his suit with a classic white shirt and wore a power blue tie for the occasion

Felipe combined his suit with a classic white shirt and wore a power blue tie for the occasion

Pictured: the royal couple posed with two men and two women who received plaques at the ceremony at El Pardo Palace

Pictured: the royal couple posed with two men and two women who received plaques at the ceremony at El Pardo Palace

Pictured: the royal couple posed with two men and two women who received plaques at the ceremony at El Pardo Palace

Letizia and Felipe met the mayor of Almonte, Rocío del Mar Castellano, who led them through the city.

During the visit, the queen showed her motherly spirit while hugging a baby while elated members of the crowd took pictures.

The couple traveled through the square until they arrived at the Parish of Our Lady of the Assumption, on the occasion of the Anniversary year Mariano del Rocío.

There they paid homage to the revered Virgin of El Rocío (Virgen del Rocío), a small carved wooden statue of the Virgin and Child.

The monument is usually located in the Hermitage of El Rocío, the destination of an annual pilgrimage known as the Romería de El Rocío on the second day of Pentecost, which attracts around one million people every year.

However, the Virgin is temporarily held in the cathedral on the Plaza Virgen del Rocío.

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