In something of an “Avengers, assemble!” moment for the network of European royals, Queen Letizia of Spain and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands (along with their spouses, King Felipe VI of Spain and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands) journeyed to Windsor Castle on Monday, where they attended the Order of the Garter service. Present to greet them were the Queen, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, and the Count and Countess of Wessex . The ceremony involved the Queen officially making the two kings “Stranger” Knights of the Garter (this is apparently not some savvy Netflix Stranger Things promotion, but rather a special honor bestowed upon foreign royals, representing a 700-year tradition).
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The Daily Mail notes that while “the day is technically about their husbands,” the focus was on the royal women—this was just the second time the Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Letizia have been seen together publicly, following the Spanish state visit. Kate and Letizia wore very similar outfits, both opting for a white dress-black hat combination, Kate’s a Catherine Walker coat dress and Letizia’s from the Spanish label, Cherubina. (Maxima went with a blush ensemble.)
People provides some additional background about this particular event: Kate first attended the Order of the Garter in 2008, which marked her first official appearance at a royal event as Prince William’s girlfriend (William received his knighthood that year).
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We hope Letizia and Kate and Maxima are somewhere right now having a glass of rosé, sharing stories about particularly bizarre royal-banquet party guests.
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