Queen Letizia of Spain looked radiant as she stepped off a plane in Nouakchott today, starting a trip with the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation.
The 49-year-old woman is in Mauritania to find out what the Cooperation is doing in the region around health, governance and gender equality, rural development and food security.
Upon arrival, Letizia unveiled a practical outfit, donning a red vest bearing the Cooperation logo.
Below, she chose a chic all-white outfit, pairing a crisp button-up shirt with straight-leg jeans. She paired her simple outfit with a practical pair of beige boots.
The royal completed her look with fresh and natural makeup. She opted for a rosy base with a soft peach blush. Her green eyes were lined with a soft, smudged brown liner, and she opted for a glossy pink lip.
Her dark brown hair completed the casual ensemble, flowing down her back in a shiny straight look.
After landing, the king was greeted by the country’s First Lady, Mariem Fadel Dah, the wife of Mauritanian President, Mohamed Ould Ghazouani.
The couple were pictured talking with locals, including girls who are said to have offered traditional royal gifts including camel milk and dates.
Today’s conversation between Mariem Fadel Dah and Queen Letizia marks the second time the couple have met this year.
They met in March after the visit of the First Lady and her husband to the Palacio de la Moncloa in Spain and were received by the Spanish royal couple.
Letizia’s trip to Nouakchott caps a busy few days for the royal, who in recent days has been pictured hosting a lunch at the Royal Palace in Madrid for former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar.
A few days earlier, on May 28, the monarch had been photographed in Huesca with her husband, King Felipe, as the couple celebrated National Armed Forces Day.
The appointment marked Letizia’s second public appearance since the scandal-hit former King of Spain Juan Carlos returned to the country for a week, ending his nearly two-year exile in the Middle East. His daughter Infanta Cristina, 56, was also present.
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The royal was staying with his close friend Pedro Campos, a former America’s Cup sailor, at his home near the Galician resort of Sanxenxo, one of his favorite destinations where he has often been spotted in the past sailing with his friends and family.
He was to stay in the country for a few days and was to meet family members at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid.
Juan Carlos, who reigned from 1975 until his abdication in 2014, left Spain in August 2020 after being the target of several investigations in Spain and abroad over allegations of tax evasion and questionable transactions in the Middle-East.
Juan Carlos, 84, flew by private jet from Abu Dhabi to Vigo in northwestern Spain, where he was met by his daughter Elena, 58. His wife Sofia, 83, and his son King Felipe, 54, the reigning monarch, were not present. .
The royal was spotted at the Royal Sailing Club in Sanxenxo, where he sailed alongside his boat ‘Bribo’ in the 6mR class Copa Espana Circuit 2022 InterRias Trophy Regatta.
In March, Spanish prosecutors cleared the way for Juan Carlos’ temporary return to Spain by suspending criminal investigations against him, claiming that all the alleged crimes had been committed or that his status as head of state at the time the protected from lawsuits.
The decision was taken after paying millions of pounds in tax adjustments.
Felipe and his wife, Queen Letizia, have worked hard to restore public confidence in the royal family after his father’s scandals tarnished the royal family’s reputation.
Felipe has publicly distanced himself from his father. He failed to meet Juan Carlos during an official visit to Abu Dhabi earlier this month to convey condolences on the passing of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the age of 73.
Letizia met Felipe VI at a dinner party in 2002, and the couple had an instant connection, leading to their royal wedding in May 2004.
The former news anchor is the granddaughter of a taxi driver and the eldest daughter of Jesús José Ortiz Álvarez, a journalist, and his first wife María de la Paloma Rocasolano Rodríguez, a nurse and hospital union representative.
She attended public secondary school and graduated from Complutense University in Madrid. She then obtained a master’s degree in broadcast journalism at the Institute for Studies in Broadcast Journalism.