The Princess of Asturias (née Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano) celebrates her 41st birthday today. Of all the crown princesses in Europe, Letizia wears the fewest hats- not surprising as the Spanish royals are simply not a hat wearing bunch. They do however, have the most wonderful tradition of wearing mantillas. These lace or silk veils, worn over the head and shoulders, are often worn with a high comb called a peineta. The look is characteristically Spanish and Letizia wears it well. In honor of her birthday today, I thought it would be fun to look back at the mantilla and peineta she wore back in June 2004 for her first visit to the Vatican. It’s quite unlike most other royal headgear we see here but it’s very beautiful, isn’t it?
The Princess of Asturias visiting the Vatican, June 28, 2004