In March 3, Queen Letizia of Spain attended an event at the Mutua Madrileña Foundation in Madrid. Along with a pair of black pants and heels, the queen wore a vyshyvanka, a traditional Ukrainian embroidered blouse, to the ceremony, coming on the eighth day of Russia’s violent invasion of Ukraine.
Every stitch and decoration on the blouses have their own meaning, with the decoration traditionally considered to be a talisman against bad luck.
Spanish media has praised the royal for her outfit, with Estilo y Vida saying the queen showed ‘great sensitivity’ in opting to wear the traditional Slavic blouse.
Her appearance was to chair the 10th Annual Call for Grants for Social Projects of the Mutua Madrileña Foundation, a Spanish non-profit organization created by insurance company Mutua Madrileña to donate some of its profits to promote health-related scientific research.
Since its launch in 2004, the foundation has granted more than €1,000,000 to more than 36 social projects from a range of non-profit organisations.