Letizia, the anchorwoman who became Queen of Spain

Letizia: born on September 15
Letizia Ortiz grew up to be a journalist
Letizia Ortiz, journalist on national TV
From anchorwoman to queen
How reporter Letizia met Prince Philip
Divorced woman
The royal wedding of Letizia and Philip
A new life for Letizia
Letizia, always in the media
The many looks of Letizia
Official appearances by Letizia
Letizia Ortiz pregnant with Leonor
The birth of Leonor of Bourbon
Leonor, future Queen of Spain?
The death of her younger sister
The birth of Sofía
Trained to interact with the press
Leonor out of the house
Letizia the fashionista
Letizia in all her elegance
She loves high heels
Letizia's hairstyles
Letizia's make-up
Letizia crowned as Queen of Spain
Letizia's relationship with her mother-in-law
Letizia among other royals
Letizia: born on September 15

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 grew up to be a journalist

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.

Letizia Ortiz, journalist on national TV

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.

From anchorwoman to queen

For many years, Letizia Ortiz was the anchor of the TVE news broadcast. This is one of the best watched programs in the country.

How reporter Letizia met Prince Philip

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.

Divorced woman

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.

The royal wedding of Letizia and Philip

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.'

A new life for Letizia

After the royal wedding, Letizia abandoned her career as journalist to perform the duties of a princess.

Letizia, always in the media

The beautiful Princess Letizia became the center of media attention, wherever she went. For example, on her ski vacation.

The many looks of Letizia

Her new life she lived with a fabulous and always surprising appearance. Letizia is a fashion lover and often changes her look.

Official appearances by Letizia

The agenda of Letizia is always filled with official visits, receptions, appearances, and ceremonies.

Letizia Ortiz pregnant with Leonor

Letizia, pregnant with her first daughter Leonor, enjoyed a vacation in Palma de Mallorca.

The birth of Leonor of Bourbon

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.

Leonor, future Queen of Spain?

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 death of her younger sister

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.

The birth of Sofía

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.

Trained to interact with the press

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.

Leonor out of the house

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.

Letizia the fashionista

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.

Letizia in all her elegance

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.

She loves high heels

One of Letizia's characteristics is her love for high heels. She rarely appears in public without them.

Letizia's hairstyles

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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Letizia's make-up

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.

Letizia crowned as Queen of Spain

On June 19, 2014, after King Juan Carlos abdicated, his son Philip and Letizia were crowned King and Queen of Spain.

Letizia's relationship with her mother-in-law

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 among other royals

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.

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