Luckily, Prince Charles found a fun way to pass the time

By Stephanie Petit
March 14, 2019 12:37 PM
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Even a queen isn’t immune to rush hour traffic.

Queen Letizia of Spain got caught in London traffic on her way to meet Prince Charles at the National Gallery on Wednesday evening, making her 20 minutes late to the opening night of the “Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light” exhibit. However, Queen Elizabeth‘s son – who celebrated his 70th birthday in November – took advantage of that waiting time to catch of a glimpse of the art himself.

When Queen Letizia arrived, Prince Charles didn’t seem to mind the delay at all. The two royals greeted each other warmly with a double kiss on the cheek before making their way into the art exhibition featuring the work of Spanish artist Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida. It is the first major exhibition for the painter in the U.K. for over a century and includes portraits and scenes of Spanish life.

Queen Letizia and Prince Charles

Letizia, a former journalist, looked like a work of art herself in a custom Carolina Herrera dress featuring three-quarter length sleeves and a floral print featuring a combination of emerald, navy and red. She wore her hair in a ponytail and accessorized with aquamarine drop earrings.

Queen Letizia and Prince Charles
Queen Letizia and Prince Charles

At a champagne reception, chairman of the gallery Hannah Rothschild praised the royals’ unity.

“At time when it feels like Britain is turning its back on Europe, it is particularly pleasing to see you here, Your Majesty,” she said. “Art always has and always will transcend borders. British art owes a huge debt of gratitude to the Royal Family of Spain.”

Prince Charles and Queen Letizia in 2017
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Prince Charles and Queen Letizia have developed a friendly rapport through their many meetings over the years, including when the Spanish royal came to Britain on a state visit with her husband King Felipe in July 2017.