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Some photos from the Gala Banquet
https://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?...-2021%20Dinner

Here's a video from the State Banquet at the Palacio Real

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I thought Doña Letizia looked quite tense. Where is the generous smile?
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It seems that she was focussed in signalling her husband to see when the mask could be removed, as the other guests seem to have been waiting for them to do so.

The Queen looked elegant and so did the daughter of the Italian president - as always. Very nice that the court films & uploads this part.

Is it easy for Spanish people to understand Italian and vice versa, since both heads of state spoke in their own language?
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It seems that she was focussed in signalling her husband to see when the mask could be removed, as the other guests seem to have been waiting for them to do so.

The Queen looked elegant and so did the daughter of the Italian president - as always. Very nice that the court films & uploads this part.

Is it easy for Spanish people to understand Italian and vice versa, since both heads of state spoke in their own language?
Yes, I think it's easy for Spaniards to understand Italian, and vice versa.
I'm Portuguese and I understand Italian.
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Old 11-16-2021, 06:05 PM
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I missed grand silver, golden or crystal plateaux, flowerpieces and candelabras on the table, I must say. The decoration was surprisingly sparse for such an important State Visit. More what one would expect in a hotel.

The King truly is the very best dressed royal in Europe. And he wore his collar to perfection.
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Old 11-16-2021, 06:08 PM
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I thought Doña Letizia looked quite tense. Where is the generous smile?
She does look a bit tense. Perhaps she was feeling unwell.

Who were the other ladies wearing the Italian orders? I thought the woman sitting to King Felipe's left look beautiful in her red dress and green sash.
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Old 11-16-2021, 06:09 PM
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Wait what?
It was half a joke, but as Harald said at the time, he basically only wears it to open Parliament, and not for state dinners, so W-A wouldn't be needing it.

The Dutch king then said "thank you for this useless gift!"
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Old 11-16-2021, 06:10 PM
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I like that the decorations took into consideration the table set up being that the guests were facing each other across a long table. Many times the decorations are so large and OTT that you cannot even see the actual guests nor can they see each other, plus many times they clash horribly with the already ornate room/hall they are in. IMO it was all well balanced and tastefully done.
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Old 11-16-2021, 07:16 PM
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I like that the decorations took into consideration the table set up being that the guests were facing each other across a long table. Many times the decorations are so large and OTT that you cannot even see the actual guests nor can they see each other, plus many times they clash horribly with the already ornate room/hall they are in. IMO it was all well balanced and tastefully done.
Yes, and Windsor they tend to erect a tropical rainforest on the table and -shudder- lampshades on the candelabras.

But there is really a middle way and a State Banquet is not about a family diner but about prestige, history, etc.

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It seems that she was focussed in signalling her husband to see when the mask could be removed, as the other guests seem to have been waiting for them to do so.

The Queen looked elegant and so did the daughter of the Italian president - as always. Very nice that the court films & uploads this part.

Is it easy for Spanish people to understand Italian and vice versa, since both heads of state spoke in their own language?
The King said one or two lines in Italian too, but it seems like he was struggling a little bit.
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The table was beautiful today. Watch the minute 23m 11

We have reassembled the long table in the gala dining room; the last dinners in the royal palace were in the hall of Columns with this same long one, separated into round tables.

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https://twitter.com/SecretosdeMadri/...226882/photo/1

The table is exquisitely arranged


The black color for a dress, especially at night, is a symbol of elegance in Spain. Since Felipe II that color meant majesty ... and today it is still considered the most elegant color for the night, and especially considering that it wears more jewels than those normally used. The queen was spectacular.
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Old 11-17-2021, 04:22 AM
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Yes, and Windsor they tend to erect a tropical rainforest on the table and -shudder- lampshades on the candelabras.

But there is really a middle way and a State Banquet is not about a family diner but about prestige, history, etc.

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The photo you have used of Madrid is not of a gala dinner. It is easy to differentiate it by the use of silver and gilt silver cutlery and glassware.

https://www.telemadrid.es/programas/...116084727.html

Gala dinner 2017

https://www.abc.es/espana/abci-table....html#imagen12
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The photo you have used of Madrid is not of a gala dinner. It is easy to differentiate it by the use of silver and gilt silver cutlery and glassware.

https://www.telemadrid.es/programas/...116084727.html

Gala dinner 2017

https://www.abc.es/espana/abci-table....html#imagen12

Yep, that is a much nicer laid-out table indeed!


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I thought the Sash of Isabel la Catolica was light blue and not yellow.
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I thought the Sash of Isabel la Catolica was light blue and not yellow.

That is to Order of Carlos III.
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Old 11-17-2021, 07:21 AM
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I thought the Sash of Isabel la Catolica was light blue and not yellow.
Order of Charles III is light blue
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I thought the Sash of Isabel la Catolica was light blue and not yellow.

The sash of Charles III is ligh blue with white stripes (similar to the colors of the Argentinean flag). The sash of Isabella the Catholic is yellow with white stripes.
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Does the Spanish Court ever release whats on the Menu for the State Banquet?
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Does the Spanish Court ever release whats on the Menu for the State Banquet?
Yesterday menú

https://www.heraldo.es/noticias/naci...o-1534265.html

Spider crab with sea hedgehog and cauliflower foam
Hake on a pil pil of pickles
Chestnut with vanilla and meringue
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Old 11-17-2021, 09:51 AM
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Yesterday menú

https://www.heraldo.es/noticias/naci...o-1534265.html

Spider crab with sea hedgehog and cauliflower foam
Hake on a pil pil of pickles
Chestnut with vanilla and meringue

I see that Queen Letizia insists on seafood not only on her daughters' school menu!
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