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Thursday, Queen Letizia of Spain used her clothing to make a political statement about her country. Her appearance in a vyshyvanka blouse, traditionally worn by Ukrainian women, seemed to indicate her support for her country. According to the Embassy of Ukraine in the Kingdom of Denmark, it is defined as a vyshyvanka as a “national embroidered shirt of Ukrainian origin.”
The embassy reported that Ukrainians “think that needlework is a distinctive talisman guarding against everything evil and that they attempt to reflect happiness, destiny, life, and power in the ornaments.”
Letizia paired her shirt with black slacks, heels, and a belt for her visit to the Mutua Madrid Auditorium. She was presented with a grant from the Mutua Madrilea Foundation for Social Projects.
Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, several other royals have spoken out, including Letizia of Spain, who seems to have used fashion to convey a statement. Among those who have shown support for Ukraine are Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Prince Albert of Monaco, Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Earlier this week, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed gratitude to the Cambridges and the Dutch kings. “Olena and I are thankful to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Royal Family @RoyalFamily that, at this critical moment, when Ukraine is heroically resisting Russia’s invasion, they stand by our nation and support our brave folks,” President Zelensky said in a Twitter post on Tuesday. “The forces of goodwill prevail.”