Queen Letizia in sneakers to celebrate the bicentenary of the National Police despite her fracture

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia celebrated the 200th anniversary of the National Police on May 8, 2024, during a festive event organized in front of the Royal Palace in Madrid. Once again, Queen Letizia had put away her high heels due to her broken toe. Queen Letizia attended the event wearing white sneakers and took it easy, remaining seated for much of the time.

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Queen Letizia still fulfills her commitments despite her broken phalanx

This May 8, 2024, the Spanish National Police organized the official ceremony of its bicentenary. On January 13, 1824, the General Police of the kingdom was created by a royal decree. This is the first time that a police force on a national scale has been set up in Spain to ensure the public safety of all citizens throughout the territory and no longer just at the local level. Throughout 2024, various festive events are organized. The ceremony on May 8 was the main official event, attended by the King and Queen of Spain.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia join their stands to attend the anniversary ceremony of the 200 years of the National Police. Queen Letizia wears sneakers on her feet again due to her fracture (Photo: Angel Díaz Brinas/Europa Press/ABACAPRESS.COM)

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In front of the Royal Palace of Madrid, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia were welcomed by the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez and by the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, as well as senior police officers. They then joined the stand installed opposite the main gate of the royal palace. Queen Letizia wore white sneakers from the Vivobarefoot brand. This is the third public engagement in which she has participated, despite her fracture which requires the immobilization of certain toes.

Queen Letizia chose comfortable shoes from the Vivobarefoot brand (Photo: Angel Díaz Brinas/Europa Press/ABACAPRESS.COM)

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Queen Letizia opts for sneakers and remains seated at the 200th anniversary ceremony of the National Police

A few days ago, Queen Letizia fractured a phalanx of the middle toe of her right foot during a domestic accident. Queen Letizia hit a coffee table with her foot. Although doctors recommended that the queen immobilize her toes, she chose not to cancel her commitments and simply adapt her shoe style. She wears a syndactyly splint, which means two toes are tied to prevent moving.

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In addition, the Queen of Spain suffers from Morton’s neuroma, a chronic syndrome which causes her regular pain. This syndrome manifests itself as pain at the base of the foot, due to intense sensitivity of a nerve. Queen Letizia then suffers particularly when she wears high heels.

Queen Letizia remained seated for most of the ceremony due to a broken toe joint (Photo: Angel Díaz Brinas/Europa Press/ABACAPRESS.COM)

Queen Letizia remained seated for much of the ceremony on Wednesday. Two police officers arrived at the square and were dropped off by helicopter, bringing a special flag which two children presented to the rulers as a gift.

Francisco Pardo, Director General of the Police, gave a speech, then King Felipe presented the plaque of honor of the Order of Constitutional Merit to the National Police. It was the deputy operational director who collected the award on behalf of the entire institution. King Felipe and Queen Letizia then attended a land, motorized, equestrian and aerial parade, which ended with a parade of the canine unit.

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Nicolas Fontaine


Nicolas Fontaine has been a designer-editor and author for numerous Belgian and French brands and media. A specialist in royal family news, Nicolas founded the site Histoires royales of which he is the editor-in-chief. [email protected]



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