05/28/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

SPANISH FLY: Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Visits Madrid, Kisses Queen (PHOTOS, POLL)

When Carla Bruni-Sarkozy accompanied husband President Nicolas Sarkozy to Madrid on Monday, she stole the show with her outfit change, wearing black and white to meet Queen Sofia and King Juan Carlos and royal purple to lunch with Princess Letizia and Prince Felipe.

She also stirred a mini-controversy reminiscent of Michelle Obama's embrace of Queen Elizabeth when she kissed Spain's Queen Sofia on both cheeks instead of curtsying. According to the Agence France-Press curstying before a Spanish monarch "is not an absolute obligation, but a habit adopted by some people," said a spokesman for the palace.

Bruni-Sarkozy went on to kiss Princess Letizia as well.

Photos below.

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