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Queen Letizia joins the Chinese President and the First Lady for a gala dinner in Spain

She is famed for her cutting edge approach to royal fashion but Letizia was the epitome of a Queen this evening.

The Queen of Spain joined her husband King Felipe VI and their guests the President of China Xi Jinping and his wife wife Peng Liyuan for a gala dinner on Wednesday.

The dinner this evening will celebrate the couple’s visitors’ final evening in Spain as they come to the end of their two-day tour.

Letizia, 46, looked typically glamourous in a floor length black velvet gown for the banquet which was held at the Royal Palace.

Letizia, 46, looked typically glamourous in a floor length black velvet gown for the banquet which was held at the Royal Palace

The Queen of Spain joined her husband King Felipe VI and their guests the President of China Xi Jinping and his wife wife Peng Liyuan for a gala dinner on Wednesday

The Queen of Spain joined her husband King Felipe VI and their guests the President of China Xi Jinping and his wife wife Peng Liyuan for a gala dinner on Wednesday

The dinner this evening will celebrate the couple's visitors' final evening in Spain as they come to the end of their two-day tour

The dinner this evening will celebrate the couple’s visitors’ final evening in Spain as they come to the end of their two-day tour

The dress had a hint of Hollywood in the form of diamante cuffs and naturally the crowning glory was the royal consort’s tiara.

For tonight’s event Letizia opted for the Diamond and Pearl tiara of Queen Maria Christina previously favoured by her mother-in-law Queen Sofia.

She could also be seen wearing the sash of the Royal and Distinguished Spanish Order of Charles III as is customary during ceremonial engagements.

King Felipe, 50, looked suitably dapper in black tie and could be seen wearing the same sash as his wife.

The two couples appeared to be in high spirits as they shook hands ahead of the event this evening 

The two couples appeared to be in high spirits as they shook hands ahead of the event this evening 

The foursome posed for official photos together before proceeding to the dining room for tonight's dinner

The foursome posed for official photos together before proceeding to the dining room for tonight’s dinner

 Peng Liyuan (left) looked elegant in a monochrome gown as she stood by her husband's side at the banquet

 Peng Liyuan (left) looked elegant in a monochrome gown as she stood by her husband’s side at the banquet

Queen Letizia (pictured) looked regal in her form fitting dress and sash as she flashed a smile for the cameras

Queen Letizia (pictured) looked regal in her form fitting dress and sash as she flashed a smile for the cameras

She wore the Diamond and Pearl tiara of Queen Maria Christina (pictured) previously favoured by her mother-in-law Queen Sofia

She wore the Diamond and Pearl tiara of Queen Maria Christina (pictured) previously favoured by her mother-in-law Queen Sofia

Their guests meanwhile put on an equally elegant display with the President wearing a formal jacket and trouser and his wife looked graceful in a monochrome floor-length gown.

The foursome posed for official photos together before proceeding to the dining room for tonight’s dinner. 

Earlier today Letizia joined her husband and their guests for a visit tothe Royal Theatre. 

The royal and the President's wife showed off their blossoming bond (pictured) and seemed happy to be in each other's company

The royal and the President’s wife showed off their blossoming bond (pictured) and seemed happy to be in each other’s company

Peng Liyuan (left) carried a delicate black clutch bag and flashed a coat of coral nail polish at the event

Peng Liyuan (left) carried a delicate black clutch bag and flashed a coat of coral nail polish at the event

Queen Letizia gave just a flash of her skyscraped black stilettos (pictured), which had a peep toe detail

Queen Letizia gave just a flash of her skyscraped black stilettos (pictured), which had a peep toe detail

The group appeared to be in high spirits as they all gathered around to pose for a group photograph at the banquet

The group appeared to be in high spirits as they all gathered around to pose for a group photograph at the banquet

The oppulent royal palace (pictured) was the perfect place to hos the Chinese President and his wife

The oppulent royal palace (pictured) was the perfect place to hos the Chinese President and his wife

Felipe and Xi also reviewed Spain’s guard of honour at the Royal Palace while Chinese Peng and Letizia observed the ceremony from a podium.

The tour marks the first time a Chinese leader has visited the country in 13 years, and the two countries are expected to sign around 20 intergovernmental and business agreements later today.

This should include a deal to export on-the-bone legs of Iberian ham to the Chinese market, and rules to avoid double-taxation.

The tour marks the first time a Chinese leader has visited the country in 13 years and tonight the group enjoyed a banquet at the Palace on the final night of the visit

The tour marks the first time a Chinese leader has visited the country in 13 years and tonight the group enjoyed a banquet at the Palace on the final night of the visit

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and his wife Maria Begona Gomez (pictured right) were also introduced to the President and his wife

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and his wife Maria Begona Gomez (pictured right) were also introduced to the President and his wife

Presdient XI and his wife Peng also met and shook hands with Mayor of Madrid Manuela Carmena (pictured)

Presdient XI and his wife Peng also met and shook hands with Mayor of Madrid Manuela Carmena (pictured)

First Lady Peng looked in high spirits as she shook hands with Spanish tenor Placido Domingo at the banquet (pictured)

First Lady Peng looked in high spirits as she shook hands with Spanish tenor Placido Domingo at the banquet (pictured)

Placido Domingo also shook hands with the President who stood with King Felipe and his wife by his side (pictured)

Placido Domingo also shook hands with the President who stood with King Felipe and his wife by his side (pictured)

King Felipe shook hands with Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell (pictured) at the gala dinner

King Felipe shook hands with Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell (pictured) at the gala dinner

Both countries will also explore joint bids in infrastructure, energy and telecommunications projects in Africa and Latin America.

Yesterday Peng and Xi joined Letizia and Felipe at Zarzuela Palace, with both women opting for navy blue dresses.

Letizia dazzled in a mid-length blue dress that had a sleeveless design and a lace hem, while Peng wore an oriental style dress in navy that complimented Letizia’s own outfit perfectly.

The Chinese leader will flying to Argentina on Thursday for a G-20 leaders’ summit the next day, and visits to Panama and Portugal until December 5.

King Felipe and President Xi Jinpig led the guests into dinner at the high-profile event tonight (pictured)

King Felipe and President Xi Jinpig led the guests into dinner at the high-profile event tonight (pictured)

The President of Spain and his wife closely followed behind the King and President into the dinner (pictured)

The President of Spain and his wife closely followed behind the King and President into the dinner (pictured)

Queen Letizia and the Spanish Prime Minister clinked classes (pictured) during a toast at dinnertime

Queen Letizia and the Spanish Prime Minister clinked classes (pictured) during a toast at dinnertime

The Chinese leader will flying to Argentina on Thursday for a G-20 leaders' summit the next day, and visits to Panama and Portugal until December 5. Pictured: The guests share a toast at the banquet

The Chinese leader will flying to Argentina on Thursday for a G-20 leaders’ summit the next day, and visits to Panama and Portugal until December 5. Pictured: The guests share a toast at the banquet

Both countries were said to explore joint bids in infrastructure, energy and telecommunications projects in Africa and Latin America during the visit. Pictured: The crowd applauds during the banquet

Both countries were said to explore joint bids in infrastructure, energy and telecommunications projects in Africa and Latin America during the visit. Pictured: The crowd applauds during the banquet

President Xi Jinping gave a speech a the gala dinner (pictured second left) while the Queen and Prime Minister appeared to read a translation (second and first right)

President Xi Jinping gave a speech a the gala dinner (pictured second left) while the Queen and Prime Minister appeared to read a translation (second and first right)

The guests looked deep in concentration as they appeared to read a translation during the President's speech (pictured)

The guests looked deep in concentration as they appeared to read a translation during the President’s speech (pictured)

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