It’s Christmas in June, folks.
After Kate’s 200th bum flash, I despaired of the modern princess. How do I defend ‘princess’ as something positive for women and young girls?
So I set about writing posts on Maxima of the Netherlands, Mathilde of Belgium, Letizia of Spain, and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden. These ladies are princesses par excellence, with two (Maxima and Mathilde) now Queen consorts themselves. Then, suddenly it happened – King Juan Carlos of Spain abdicated, launching Letizia into the limelight with her husband, Prince Felipe.
The soon-to-be Queen of Spain is not only gorgeous and stylish, but she’s got some serious substance. As both a journalist and a TV news personality, the Princess has covered several historical events, and during the invasion of Iraq, she traveled there to broadcast live from the front line. In 2000, Letizia won the Madrid Press Association’s Larra Award for most accomplished journalist under the age of 30.
Letizia is certainly accomplished, beautiful, and knows first-hand what the media is like. No fool, she. Top that off with the glamour, and you’ve got one hell of a great representative for your nation.
The Princess was born Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano on September 15, 1972 in Oveido, the capital city of the Principality of Asturias.
After graduating from the Complutense University of Madrid, where she majored in journalism, Letizia earned her Master’s Degree in broadcast journalism. She then went to Mexico where she worked for the newspaper Siglo XXI. Letizia soon moved back to Spain and focused on TV work, presenting the news on a Spanish CNN channel and Spain’s TVE.
In 2002, thirty-year-old Letizia met Prince Felipe, the Prince of Asturias. Felipe, the very definition of tall, dark, and handsome, also boasts an illustrious pedigree. Both of his parents, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, are direct descendants of Queen Victoria.
Letizia captured Felipe’s heart, and after a brief courtship, he proposed with a baguette diamond eternity band. Letizia was introduced to the public now as the fianceé of a Prince and as a future queen.
She had been married once before to Alonso Guerrero Pérez, a teacher. The marriage only lasted a year before they divorced. Fortunately for Letizia, the Catholic authorities in Spain permitted both parties to remarry since they did not wed in a church. She was free to marry again without a problem.
Letizia has been married to Felipe since May 22, 2004. They have two beautiful daughters: Leonor (8), and Sofia (7). Now that her parents are to be king and queen, Leonor will become Princess of Asturias in her own right.
Letizia will be the first Spanish-born queen since Maria de las Mercedes de Orleans y Borbón, the first wife of Felipe’s great-grandfather Alfonso XIII. Letizia’s mother-in-law, Queen Sofia, is of Greek and German descent.
I wish the new king and queen much success in their lives as monarchs, and I wish the Spanish people a good, prosperous future!