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Letizia Ortiz

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Letizia, Princess of Asturias (née Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano; September 15, 1972, Oviedo, Spain) is the wife of Felipe, the Prince of Asturias, who is heir apparent to the Spanish throne. She is styled HRH The Princess of Asturias.

Letizia is the eldest daughter of Jesús Ortiz Álvarez, a journalist, and Paloma Rocasolano Rodríguez, (born April 15, 1952) a registered nurse and also a hospital union representative. Her parents divorced in 1999 and her father remarried fellow journalist Ana Togores . Letizia's paternal grandmother, Menchu Álvarez del Valle, was a well known radio broadcaster in Asturias for over 40 years.

During her studies, Letizia worked for the Asturian daily newspaper La Nueva España and later for the newspaper ABC and the news agency EFE . After completing her studies, she spent some time in Guadalajara, Mexico, working at the newspaper Siglo XXI. After returning to Spain, she worked for the Spanish version of the economic channel Bloomberg before moving to the news network CNN Plus.

In 2000, she moved to and TVE, where she started working for the news channel 24 Horas. In 2002, she anchored the weekly news report program Informe Semanal and later the daily morning news program Telediario Matinal on the TVE . In August 2003, a few months before her engagement to Felipe, Letizia was promoted to anchor of the TVE daily evening news program Telediario, the most viewed newscast in Spain.

In 2000 Letizia reported from Washington, D.C. on the presidential elections. In September 2001 she broadcast live from Ground Zero following the 9/11 attacks in New York and in 2003 she filed reports from Iraq following the war. In 2002 she sent several reports from Galicia in northern Spain following the ecological disaster when the oil tanker Prestige sank.

As Letizia's previous marriage was only a civil ceremony, the Roman Catholic Church did not object to her marrying the Prince of Asturias.

It may be likely the Spanish law of succession could be changed to introduce the fully equal primogeniture, meaning that the firstborn child of the monarch succeeds, regardless of gender, making Infanta Leonor second in line behind her father even if she has younger brothers, and would become a female heir apparent.

As for the infanta's future as a possible monarch, The Prince of Asturias was quoted in the Spanish Herald, when asked by a reporter if "a queen has born," the prince answered, "For now a princess has born. But the logic of the times means that if the reform that the administration is planning takes place, she will be."

Her official title is "Her Royal Highness, Doña Letizia, the Princess of Asturias", Princess of Gerona, Princess of Viana, Duchess of Montblanc, Countess of Cervera and Lady of Balaguer.

Letizia has been a loyal supporter of Spanish fashion. Her daytime wardrobe is mainly designed by Miguel Palacio, Adolfo Dominguez or Felipe Varela, while her nightgowns have been designed by Lorenzo Caprile, mostly. Her wedding dress was designed by veteran Spanish designer Manuel Pertegaz. She also wears accesories from Loewe (bags) or Yves Saint Laurent or Manolo Blahnik, Pura Lopez or Sara Navarro (shoes). Among international brands, she prefers Armani (her suit in the engagement was from this label), Gucci or Jimmy Choo.



 


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