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Random Royaling – Infanta Elena

Here’s a dose of someone we don’t cover much here, Infanta Elena. She recently attended the award ceremony of the XXV Children and Youth Painting Contest to present awards to the winners. Her ensemble is totally Elena and totally representative of the “Royal Lady Trouser Pant, Reconsidered”. I love everything about this on her, from the funky necklace to the patterned trouser pants. Great hair, too. Not sure anyone but Elena could pull this off, but on her, fabulous.

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Catching Up With: Queen Sofia and Infanta Elena

Sofia and Elena have been busy over the past month or so, separately as well as together. Let’s take a look at what they’ve been up to.

Sofia and Elena attended a scholarship presentation ceremony at the “Queen Sofia Foundation Alzheimer Center” in Madrid on Feb. 26th.

Calm yourselves, but Elena wore pants to church on March 1st. I don’t think anyone had an issue with it, judging from the happy faces all around.

Sofia and Elena attended an 80th Birthday party for Infanta Margarita, who is King JC’s youngest sister on March 6th.

On March 12th Elena handed out awards from the MAPFRE Foundation to various companies and entities involved in employment programs.

And last but not least, Elena visited Real Club Nautico on March15th. The Galician Sailing Federation brought together the most outstanding athletes in Galicia for the gala in which, among others, the king’s eldest sister received a special prize.

I don’t know about you, but I think we might have just found the Spanish version of Anne here. Elena is a very busy Infanta!

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Masterpiece Theater–Infanta Elena at Crown Princess Victoria’s Wedding

GET. IT. GURL.

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On June 19th, 2010 Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo attended the wedding of Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria and Mr. Olof Daniel Westling (now known as Prince Daniel). She wore a stunning creation from Lorenzo Caprile which, for me, screams Spain. Sure, it borders on costume but just LOOK at it!

Infanta Elena is the older sister of King Felipe VI of Spain but since the country follows male-preference primogeniture, she was no longer the heir after her brother was born. That being said, this woman wore a dress to a foreign Crown Princess’s wedding that simultaneously projects her country, her station, and traditional elements all at once.

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A fiery, passionate color coupled with tassel accents shows honors classic Spanish elements. Historically, richly colored fabric was more expensive and therefore restricted to the upper classes. The bolero jacket echoes traditional matador traje de luces “suit of lights”. This term originated from the use of sequins and threads of gold and silver to create detailed embroidery. Bullfighting was also restricted to the upper classes and so the entire outfit displays nobility and dignity.

Elena also wore her hair in a traditional bun, as often seen in the Flamenco tradition with a festive snood.

(You know I just wanted to say snood, right?)

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Her tiara choice at this event was somewhat of a surprise, as she was recently divorced and the Marichalar Tiara was a gift from her ex-husband’s family for their wedding. You can read more about the tiara at The Court Jeweller or The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor.

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This dress had Spanish presence to match the Spanish princess.

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Elaborate, yet elegant. What say you?