Letizia, the anchorwoman who became Queen of Spain
Queen Letizia of Spain was born as an ordinary girl on September 15, 1972. Her dream was to be a reporter, but there was something else on her life path as well.
Letizia Ortiz went to public schools in Oviedo and Madrid. At university, she got a master in Audiovisual Communication with a specialization in international politics.
By 2000, Letizia was a talented journalist; the Spanish Association of the Press named her the best reporter under 30. She covered world events like the September 11 attacks and the Iraq war for the Spanish public television station TVE. She was even a special correspondent in the Middle East.
For many years, Letizia Ortiz was the anchor of the TVE news broadcast. This is one of the best watched programs in the country.
This is the famous image of Letizia meeting Prince Philip of Spain. At the time of this encounter, they obviously didn't know that they would end up married. The journalist and the prince met at a private party of a mutual friend in October 2002. By August 2003, they spent their holidays together. But their relationship remained secret.
Finally, the Prince of Spain asked the journalist Letizia Ortiz to marry him. She was a divorced woman, having been in a civil marriage with a literature professor for only a year in 1998, but this did not appear to be an issue for the Spanish royal family.
On May 22, 2004, Prince Philip of Bourbon said 'I do' to Letizia Ortiz in a televised wedding with 1,200 guests. The marriage changed Letizia's title to 'Her Royal Highness, Princess of Asturias.'
After the royal wedding, Letizia abandoned her career as journalist to perform the duties of a princess.
The beautiful Princess Letizia became the center of media attention, wherever she went. For example, on her ski vacation.
Her new life she lived with a fabulous and always surprising appearance. Letizia is a fashion lover and often changes her look.
The agenda of Letizia is always filled with official visits, receptions, appearances, and ceremonies.
Letizia, pregnant with her first daughter Leonor, enjoyed a vacation in Palma de Mallorca.
Leonor of Bourbon was born on October 31, 2005. The baby's first name was based on longstanding royal traditions. To celebrate her birth, certain airlines offered free flights to every Spanish person with the same name.
With the birth of Leonor began a tradition of endearing family portraits. The little princess even comes first in the line of succession for the Spanish crown. She precedes her aunt Elena. Anyway, this will continue only if her mother does not give birth to a son!
The sudden passing of Letizia's younger sister Erika Ortiz, at the age of 31, was a big tragedy in 2007. The royal family showed its support and surrounded her with love in this difficult time.
Baby Sofía was born on April 29, 2008. She is the second child of Letizia and Philip. Her name comes from her grandmother, Queen Sofía.
Since their young age, Leonor and Sofía have been accustomed to dealing with the press. Little by little, they have been introduced to the public and brought to official events.
Since September 2021, Princess Leonor is studying at the exclusive Atlantic College in Wales, where she will spend two years to get her International Baccalaureate. Letizia had to leave her 15-year-old daughter at the airport - a difficult moment for a mother.
Always into the latest fashion trends, Letizia has a large following of fans who check out her latest outfits. Her looks amaze and inspire Spanish fashionistas.
The Spanish queen is equally comfortable in outfits from stores like Zara or Mango as in haute couture. And even though her rank comes with the privilege of being surrounded by the best fashion advisers, she makes it a point to always choose her outfits herself.
One of Letizia's characteristics is her love for high heels. She rarely appears in public without them.
Letizia takes risks when she picks her hairstyles. Long hair, straight or curly, in a bun, or short.... nothing scares her!
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As far as make-up's concerned, Letizia favours natural tones in her daily life. She knows how to highlight her clear eyes and often leaves her lips bare. In the evening, she chooses a more sophisticated look.
On June 19, 2014, after King Juan Carlos abdicated, his son Philip and Letizia were crowned King and Queen of Spain.
There are rumors about possible tensions between Letizia and Sofía, her mother-in-law and the former queen of Spain. Letizia herself says: "We are different. We are two distinct Spanish women. Two ways of doing things... well."
Letizia is her own person and makes her own mark in the world of royalty. She is one of the most beautiful queens of this moment.