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Queen Letizia of Spain Steps Out in a Red Outfit That She Borrowed from Her Mother-in-Law, Queen Sofia

Clearly fit for a Queen.
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Hand-me-downs are a (sometimes tolerable, sometimes less so) fact of life for most of us. But for a royal, who surely has access to a limitless supply of top-of-the-line designs, it means something to don previously worn clothing.

That's just what Spain's Queen Letizia did this Wednesday—at the National Fashion Awards, no less! While most guests were likely competing for best-dressed in just-released looks, Letizia went a much simpler route. She wore a red blouse and skirt set that once belonged to her husband's mother, Queen Sofia.


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Queen Sofia wears the top and skirt in 1980.

In 1980, her mother-in-law styled the look in an era-appropriate, pearls-heavy way, but this week, Queen Letizia paired it with Magrit heels and a python-effect bag from Carolina Herrera (the former is Spanish label, whereas the latter designer hails from Venezuela). She kept her hair loose and wavy, and her make-up simple.


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Queen Letizia's full outfit

According to Hello!, the event at Madrid's Museo del Traje will be the Queen's last royal appearance for the year.

Letizia isn't showing any signs of slowing down, but ever so slightly, she and her husband King Felipe are readying their daughter Leonor, Princess of Asturias, to assume some of their royal duties.

Earlier this fall, King Felipe looked on proudly as the 13-year-old Leonor delivered her first public address. He's also presented her with the Order of the Golden Fleece, another symbolic step toward the throne.

In just a few short years, it could be Queen Leonor digging into her grandmother's closet for the red two-piece outfit.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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