Portrait of a Royal Wedding: Letizia’s Gown, Veil and Jewelry
In 2004, TV anchor (and commoner) Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano married Prince Felipe. Letizia chose Manuel Pertegaz for the role of designing her gown. The gown, made of white natural silk woven with silver thread, is slim in the front and flares out to a large round train in the back (the train measures nearly 15 feet long and is not detachable). Intricate silver and gold embroidery of fleur de lys, clovers, and ears of wheat are featured on the sleeves, base of the train and dress, and the sides of the high collar. The veil, a gift from Felipe, measures 3 meters long by 2 meters high. The off-white silk tulle is embroidered with the same designs as her gown. The bride also wore custom shoes by Pura López. As for jewels, the tiara anchoring the veil is the Prussian Diamond Tiara, loaned to her by Queen Sofia. Letizia’s diamond earrings were a gift from the King and Queen.