Queen Letizia of Spain and Jill Biden meet in New York

Ladies in white! Queen Letizia of Spain wears American designer Ralph Lauren as she reuinites with US first lady Jill Biden at a medical centre in New York – two days after they both attended the Queen’s funeral

After both attending the Queen‘s emotional funeral on Monday, the Spanish Queen and the US first lady were reunited for a very different event today in New York. 

Letizia, 50, and Jill Biden, 71, both visited Columbia University’s new Irving Medical Centre, where they addressed the room ahead of World Cancer Research Day this afternoon. 

It was reported the Spanish royal left the Queen’s funeral halfway through on Monday in order to make her flight to the Big Apple, while Joe Biden‘s wife stayed until the end of the committal service in Windsor. 

Many world leaders and their wives who met at the historical event are expected to see each other this week in New York, as the United Nations‘ 77th session is underway. 

Queen Letizia, 50, and Jill Biden, 71, both visited Columbia University's new Irving Medical Centre, where they addressed the room ahead of World Cancer Research Day this afternoon

Queen Letizia, 50, and Jill Biden, 71, both visited Columbia University’s new Irving Medical Centre, where they addressed the room ahead of World Cancer Research Day this afternoon

Letizia, who is the Honorary President of the Spanish Association Against Cancer, delivered a speech during the visit

Letizia, who is the Honorary President of the Spanish Association Against Cancer, delivered a speech during the visit 

Jill and Letizia sported similar looks in white, with the First Lady wearing a stylish white maxi dress from Gabriella Hearst adorned with gold art-nouveau patterns. 

She first donned the dress for her cover of Harper’s Bazaar in August.  

She paired the long-sleeved number with a thin belt and nude heels and kept the ensemble simple by scaling back her jewellery. 

Her blonde hair was styled in a layered bob, and she sported a dash of bronzer and a natural makeup to complete her healthy glow. 

The first lady and the Spanish Queen matched their outfit, with Jill wearing a stylish white dress adorned with a golden pattern

Meanwhile, Letizia opted for an off-white Ralph Lauren dress

The first lady and the Spanish Queen matched their outfit, with Jill wearing a stylish white dress adorned with a golden pattern while Letizia opted for an off-white Ralph Lauren dress 

Letizia addressed the crowd. She is understood to have flown to New York from London on Monday in order to meet her US commitments

Letizia addressed the crowd. She is understood to have flown to New York from London on Monday in order to meet her US commitments 

Meanwhile, Letizia went for an off-white ensemble by Ralph Lauren made of a midi-length pleated skirt and a airy blouse. 

While she picked an American designer for her outfit in a nod to her host, the royal wore it with a clutch bag in camel from beloved Spanish designer Carolina Herrera and shoes in the same tone from Magritt. 

Her brown locks were styled into a bouncing blow-dry, and she completed the glamourous look with her trademark smoky eye and sculpted brow. 

She and Jill toured Columbia’s University newly opened Irving Medical Centre, where Letizia, who is Honorary President of the Spanish Association Against Cancer, addressed the room to discuss the fight against cancer, ahead of World Cancer Research Day, which falls this Saturday. 

The First lady also delivered a speech during the visit, and seemed delighted to be accompanied by the Spanish Queen.

Jill and Letizia, who both attended the Queen's funeral on Monday, seemed to be delighted to be once again in each others company

Jill and Letizia, who both attended the Queen’s funeral on Monday, seemed to be delighted to be once again in each others company 

The First Lady, who was sporting a natural makeup with a dash of mascara and bronzer, was sat next to the glamourous Spanish Queen

The First Lady, who was sporting a natural makeup with a dash of mascara and bronzer, was sat next to the glamourous Spanish Queen 

It was reported by Spanish media yesterday that Letizia was forced to leave the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II early due to scheduling conflicts. 

The mother-of-two, 50, did not attend Her Majesty’s Committal Service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor – leaving her husband King Felipe, 54, to attend with his 83-year-old mother Queen Sofia.

Footage shared online by royal fans show Letizia leaving the Spanish Embassy in London on Monday, where she had been staying since arriving alongside Felipe the day before.

Letizia and Jill were given a tour of the new facilities of the Irving Medical Centre at Columbia University this afternoon

Letizia and Jill were given a tour of the new facilities of the Irving Medical Centre at Columbia University this afternoon 

Jill seemed in great spirit and was seen laughing and smiling while Letizia and her got to meet

Jill seemed in great spirit and was seen laughing and smiling while Letizia and her got to meet 

Letizia leaned in so she could hear one of the patient staying at the centre during her tour this afternoon

Letizia leaned in so she could hear one of the patient staying at the centre during her tour this afternoon 

It is thought the Spanish Queen was unable to attend the Windsor ceremony due to ‘scheduling reasons’, according to Hola!, the royal is understood to be undertaking meetings with UNICEF and an audience with the First Lady of the United States, Jill Biden, as well as marking World Cancer Research Day during the two-day visit.

‘This trip to the Big Apple is one of the most important events of the year on Letizia’s international agenda and… it has been in preparation for a long time, so it cannot be modified, not even for the funeral of Elizabeth II,’ reported Vanitatis.

Thanks to family ties that date back generations, many European royals have a close relationship to the Queen, with King Felipe fondly referring to Her late Majesty as ‘Aunt Lilibet’.

Both Jill and Letizia looked in good spirits, after an emotional start of the week at the Queen's funeral in London

Both Jill and Letizia looked in good spirits, after an emotional start of the week at the Queen’s funeral in London

Keen to express their grief, Felipe and Letizia were among the first monarchs to view Her Majesty lying-in-state at Westminster Hall on Sunday – before joining other world leaders and royals at the Buckingham Palace for the so-called ‘reception of the century’, hosted by King Charles III and the Queen Consort.

The pair looked solemn and bowed as they paused to look at the late monarch’s coffin on the catafalque in Westminster Hall. Felipe also made the sign of the cross over his chest as he appeared to say a little prayer for the Queen.

The Spanish King and Letizia linked arms as the royal couple, both dressed in black to symbolise their mourning, arrived at the palace in London on Sunday evening.

On Monday, the couple walked arm-in-arm into Westminster Abbey to join 2,000 British and European royals, world leaders, VIPs and hundreds of members of the public for the state funeral.

Letizia, who worked as a journalist before marrying Felipe, appeared deeply solemn as the couple arrived for the historic event. They were joined by Felipe’s parents King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía of Spain.

The mother-of-two, who attended the funeral without her two daughters, Leonor and Sofía, wore a black belted dress with a black fascinator and net detailing for the occasion.

Queen Letizia of Spain left Queen Elizabeth II's funeral after the Westminster Abbey service (pictured) to travel to New York for the UN General Assembly, local reports have claimed

Letizia at the Spanish Embassy in London

Queen Letizia of Spain left Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral after the Westminster Abbey service (pictured left) to travel to New York for the UN General Assembly, local reports have claimed. Pictured right, Letizia outside the Spanish Embassy in London

According to reports, the mother-of-two, 50, did not attend Her Majesty's Committal Service at St George's Chapel in Windsor - leaving her husband King Felipe, 54, to attend with his 83-year-old mother Queen Sofia (pictured)

According to reports, the mother-of-two, 50, did not attend Her Majesty’s Committal Service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor – leaving her husband King Felipe, 54, to attend with his 83-year-old mother Queen Sofia (pictured)

Footage shared online by royal fans is said to show Letizia leaving the Spanish Embassy in London on Monday, where she had been staying since arriving alongside Felipe the day before. Pictured, the Spanish royal couple at the Westminster Abbey service

Footage shared online by royal fans is said to show Letizia leaving the Spanish Embassy in London on Monday, where she had been staying since arriving alongside Felipe the day before. Pictured, the Spanish royal couple at the Westminster Abbey service

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