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Queen Letizia of Spain put to pay tribute to country's coronavirus victims

Queen Letizia of Spain cut a sombre figure today as she and her family attended a state tribute to the country's coronavirus victims and frontline workers alongside the Spanish prime minister. 

The royal, 47, joined her husband 52, and daughters Princess Leonor, 14, and Princess Sofia, 12, as they donned masks and wore dark colours to pay their respects at the royal palace in Madrid. 

It marks another outing for the two young princesses whose presence in the public eye has increased in recent months, joining their parents at multiple official engagements.  

The mother-of-two wore a long -sleeved knee-length skirt navy blue dress which she teamed with matching court shoes as as spoke to the country's leader, Pedro Sanchez.

Queen Letizia of Spain (second right) put on a solemn display as she joined her husband King Felipe (second left) and daughters (Sofia, left and Leonor, right) to meet the Spanish Prime Minster and pay tribute to the country's victims of the coronavirus crisis

 The royal, 47, joined her husband 52, and daughters Princess Leonor, 14, and Princess Sofia, 12, as they donned masks and wore dark colours to pay their respects at the royal palace in Madrid.

Meanwhile Princess Leonor, 14, matched her mother in a knee-length navy shirt dress and black pumps, while little sister Sofia, 13, opted for a black T-shirt and grey patterned A-line skirt.

King Felipe also chose dark colours, sporting a dark navy suit, a crisp white shirt and a polka dot tie.

The family met with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez upon their arrival at the Royal Palace to attend the state tribute for victims of coronavirus disease, and for people working on the front line to fight against pandemic.

Felipe and Letizia have been attending a range of touristic and cultural engagements to help boost the country's economy following their stringent lockdown. 

The mother-of-two wore a long -sleeved knee-length skirt navy blue dress which she teamed with matching court shoes as she joined her family to pay tribute to the fallen

Princess Leonor, 14, (right ) matched her mother in a knee-length navy shirt dress and black pumps, while little sister Sofia, 13,  (left) opted for a black T-shirt and grey patterned A-line skirt.

Yesterday, Letizia wore a floral maxi dress to speak with older residents in the town square in Vinuesa. 

The trip was part of a royal tour taking King Felipe and Queen Letizia through several Spanish Autonomous Communities with the objective of supporting economic, social and cultural activity after the coronavirus outbreak.

Last week, they attended a funeral mass at La Almudena Cathedral in Madrid, where they stood at the front of church to listen to the service marking the tragic events. 

Crown Princess Leonor, King Felipe of Spain, Queen Letizia of Spain and Princess Sofia arrive to the State tribute to the victims of the coronavirus at the Royal Palace

Pictured, left to right: Princess Sofia, King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia and Crown Princess Leonor. The family all wore facemasks as they sat near a cauldron at the Royal Palace for the sombre occasion

Others at the service stood up to mark the family's arrival. They also had flags of each Spanish state present

Earlier this month, they visited Benidorm and Valencia, joined by Ximo Puig, the President of the Valencian Government, to attend the 2019 Innovation and Design Awards ceremony.

Speaking at the ceremony, King Felipe said: 'Today more than ever, we need to undertake—create—on the basis of design and innovation. As we also need to increase the resources dedicated to research, which is the previous step to knowledge-based innovation.

'In this way, we will be able to build the future with much more solid foundations.' 

Yesterday, Letizia (right) worea floral maxi dress to speak with older residents in the town square in Vinuesa. She is pictured with King Felipe

The trip is part of a royal tour that will take King Felipe and Queen Letizia through several Spanish Autonomous Communities with the objective of supporting economic, social and cultural activity after the coronavirus outbreak

He added: 'Spanish design and innovation are excellent letters of introduction of our country—of our creativity and our economy—internationally.

'These elements, the result of innovation and investment in R&D, are more necessary than ever because of their ability to drive our economic growth.

'A sector that is also truly necessary, because if we want to make our economic system also sustainable, we have to generate innovative products, create patents and promote exports. In this challenge, the design and the exploitation phase of the knowledge that innovation implies play an essential role.'

The royal coupled are pictured yesterday arriving at a meeting for the Demographic Challenge  in Vinuesa, Spain. They posed for a socially distance photo

More than 300,000 people have been infected with Covid-19 in Spain, with the country's death toll at 28, 413 according to latest figures. 

British tourists were allowed to enter Spain for the first time in three months on June 21 when the country's state of emergency ended.   

In the first lockdown of its kind since the end of the state of emergency around 140,000 people in Lleida,  a city just under two hours drive west of Barcelona have been told to remain in doors and only leave for food or to work if 'essential'. 

People in another seven municipalities near Lleida in the Segrià region have also been given the new lockdown order, which means they can only venture outdoors to buy food or go to the bank or for work if it is an 'essential service' and cannot be done from home.

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