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The surprising way Queen Letizia is following in Kate Middleton's footsteps

The Spanish royal has been spotted in this outfit before…

Jenni McKnight

Queen Letizia of Spain is following the likes of the Duchess of Cambridge and supporting her country's high street shops.

Just as Kate is often spotted in pieces from British brands, including Whistles, Hobbs and even Topshop, Letizia championed Spain's high street by wearing a gorgeous tweed waistcoat from Zara.

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The Spanish royal was spotted on Thursday wearing the sleeveless jacket as she headed back to Madrid following a trip to Merida, western Spain. It's clearly a favourite item in her wardrobe as she has been spotted wearing it on a number of occasions.

Zara's longline waistcoat features an inverted collar, invisible hook fastening, and can be layered over dresses or jeans like Letizia has done.

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Queen Letizia of Spain looked fab in her trusted Zara waistcoat

Sadly, Letizia's exact waistcoat is no longer available, but Zara has some other great styles that would no doubt have the royal's seal of approval.

Zara isn't the only Spanish brand the royal is keen to support. Earlier this month, Letizia surprised in head-to-toe high street as she strolled around the old town in Cuenca, alongside her husband King Felipe.

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Wearing a zebra-print jumpsuit from one of her go-to brands, Mango, the stunning royal certainly turned heads in her outfit, which she accessorised with cream espadrille wedges and a black crossbody bag. Retailing at just £49.99, Letizia's striking jumpsuit is perfect for heatwave weather.

Made from a lightweight floaty fabric, it features a classic shirt collar, ribbon waist-tie, and short sleeves. A summer staple suited to all occasions, dress it up by adding a pair of stylish stilettos, statement earrings, and a vibrant clutch bag into the mix. Looking for something more casual? Coordinate with a black crossbody bag and box-fresh trainers.

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