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Letizia
Princess of Asturias
Princess of Asturias
Tenure 22 May 2004 - present
Spouse Alonso Guerrero Pérez
(1998-1999)
Felipe, Prince of Asturias
(2004-)
Issue
Infanta Leonor of Spain
Infanta Sofía of Spain
Father Jesús Ortiz Álvarez
Mother Paloma Rocasolano Rodríguez
Born 15 September 1972 (1972-09-15) (age 37)
Oviedo, Spain

Letizia, Princess of Asturias (Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, 15 September 1972, Oviedo, Spain) is the wife of Felipe, the Prince of Asturias, who is heir apparent to the Spanish throne. Before her marriage with the prince, she was a journalist. She is styled HRH The Princess of Asturias. She bears the official titles of HRH Princess of Asturias, Princess of Viana, Princess of Girona, Duchess of Montblanc, Countess of Cervera and Lady of Balaguer.

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Family

Letizia is the eldest daughter of Jesús José Ortiz Álvarez (born in Oviedo on 24 December 1949), a journalist, and first wife Paloma Rocasolano Rodríguez, (born in Madrid on 15 April 1952) a registered nurse and also a hospital union representative.[1] Her parents divorced in 1999 and her father remarried on 1 September 2000 or in Madrid on 18 March 2004 fellow journalist Ana Togores N, born ca. 1955[2]. Letizia's paternal grandparents were José Luis Ortiz Velasco (ca. 1923 - Sardéu, Ribadesella, 30 March 2005), a retired commercial employee at Olivetti who died of a pulmonary disease,[3] and wife (m. 1949) María del Carmen (Menchu) Álvarez del Valle (Santander, ca. 1928 -), a well known radio broadcaster in Asturias for over 40 years, daughter of N Álvarez N and wife Placida del Valle N. Her maternal grandparents are Francisco Julio Rocasolano Camacho (ca. 1918 -), a mechanic and a cab driver in Madrid for over 20 years, and wife (m. Madrid, 1950) Enriqueta Rodríguez Figueredo (Oviedo, 1919 - Madrid, 22 June 2008).

Letizia has two sisters (one now deceased) :

  • Telma Ortiz Rocasolano, (born in Oviedo on 25 October 1973), a Licentiate in Economics from the University of Barcelona and an economist who works for international aid agencies. She has one daughter, Amanda (with partner Enrique Martín Llop), who was born on 28 March 2008.
  • Érika Ortiz Rocasolano, (Oviedo, 9 April 1975 - Madrid, 7 February 2007), a Licentiate in Fine Arts and worked as a literary agent. On 7 February 2007, she was found dead in her apartment in Madrid. In recent months, she had taken a leave of absence from work due to severe depression. Her premature death was probably due to an intentional prescription drug overdose. She was survived by a daughter, Carla Vigo Ortiz, born in 2000, from her relationship with Antonio Vigo Pérez, born in Madrid in 1972 (a Licentiate in Fine Arts and a sculptor from whom she had separated shortly before her death).[4]

Letizia has two paternal aunts (one now deceased) :

  • Henar Ortiz Álvarez (married to Roberto González N and mother of one daughter : Claudia González Ortiz), who lives in Letizia's hometown, Oviedo, and owns a decoration and furniture shop. She was interviewed by the Spanish press (¡Hola! and Vogue Spain) about decoration.
  • Cristina Ortiz Álvarez, a schoolteacher, now deceased.

Letizia has two maternal uncles :

  • Francisco Rocasolano Rodríguez (married to María Concepción Lláser Moyano, in turn parents of two sons and one daughter : David Rocasolano Lláser married to Patricia Reyna Martínez, Abigall Rocasolano Lláser married to Juan José Morueco, and Alfonso Rocasolano Lláser)
  • Alfonso Rocasolano Rodríguez.

Letizia's grandaunts on her father's side are María Flora Álvarez del Valle (born in 1921) and María Soledad (Marisol) Álvarez del Valle (born in 1936), married to Tomás Caparrós Fernández de Aguilar.

Education and career

Letizia attended La Gesta School in Oviedo, before her family moved to Madrid, where she attended high school at the Ramiro de Maeztu High School.[5]. She completed a Bachelor's Degree and a Licentiate's Degree in Sciences of the Information, branch of Journalism, at the Complutense University of Madrid, as well as a Master's Degree in Audiovisual Journalism at the Institute for Studies in Audiovisual Journalism. [6]

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HM The King
HM The Queen

During her studies, Letizia worked for the Asturian daily newspaper La Nueva España and later for the newspaper ABC and the news agency EFE[5][6]. 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+.[6]

In 2000, she moved to 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 TVE 1 [5][6]. In August 2003, a few months before her engagement to Felipe, Letizia was promoted to anchor of the TVE daily evening news program Telediario 2, 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.

First marriage with schoolteacher

Letizia married, a non-religious marriage, Alonso Guerrero Pérez, born in Mérida in 1962, son of Juan Francisco Guerrero N and wife María de los Dolores Pérez N, a Licentiate in Philosophy from the University of Extremadura, a writer and a high-school literature teacher, on 6/7 August 1998, in a simple civil ceremony at Almendralejo, in Badajoz, after a 10-year courtship [7]. The marriage was dissolved by divorce in 1999. They had no children. He is now married to María del Carmen Astero N.

Engagement and second marriage

On 1 November 2003 to the surprise of many, the Royal Household announced Letizia's engagement to the Prince of Asturias[6]. Afterwards, she moved to live in a wing of Zarzuela Palace until the day of her wedding.[8]

The wedding took place on 22 May 2004 in the Cathedral Santa María la Real de la Almudena in Madrid. It was the first royal wedding in this cathedral, which was consecrated by the Pope in 1993. It had been nearly a century since the capital celebrated a royal wedding, as the present king and queen married in Athens, and the prince's sisters, Infanta Elena and Infanta Cristina, married in Sevilla and Barcelona respectively.

As Letizia's previous marriage involved only a civil ceremony, the Roman Catholic Church does not consider it valid and therefore did not require an annulment before her Catholic marriage to the Prince of Asturias.

After the wedding, she moved with her new husband to his residence, a 3,150-square meter palace built within the Zarzuela Palace grounds.[9]

Role as Princess of Asturias

Letizia joined from the beginning the duties of her husband Felipe, Prince of Asturias, and traveled extensively through Spain in representation of the King. They also represented Spain in other countries: the Princess has traveled along with the Prince to Jordan, Mexico, Hungary, Dominican Republic, Panama, the United States of America, Serbia, Brazil, Uruguay, Sweden, Denmark, Japan, China and Portugal. She also greeted, along with other members of the royal family, international dignitaries. Letizia also attended foreign royalty gatherings in Luxembourg and The Netherlands, for the silver wedding anniversary of The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, as well as the 40th birthday celebrations of The Prince of Orange.

Her solo agenda was announced in 2006, shortly after the announcement of her second pregnancy. Letizia has performed a couple of audiences and her work will focus on social issues such as children rights, culture and education.

In late 2007, her solo agenda started to grow in the quantity of events she performed by herself and Felipe's and Letizia's agendas became more distinct and separate.

Children

It was announced on 8 May 2005 that Letizia was pregnant and on 31 October 2005 at 1:46 a.m. at the Ruber Clinic in Madrid, she gave birth to a girl, Infanta Leonor, the first child for the couple, who was baptized on 14 January 2006. The godparents were the King and Queen of Spain.

It may be likely the Spanish law of succession could be changed to introduce 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 [been] born", the prince answered, "For now a princess has been born. But the logic of the times means that if the reform that the administration is planning takes place, she will be."

On 25 September 2006 the Royal House announced that the couple were expecting their second child in May 2007. [10] On 27 November 2006 it was announced that the second child the Princess was expecting was also a girl. On 29 April 2007, at 16:50 h, her second daughter, Infanta Sofía, was born. Her godparents were Paloma Rocasolano and Konstantin-Assen, Prince of Vidin of Bulgaria and her baptism was on 15 July 2007.

Titles, styles, honours, and arms

Titles and styles

  • Ms. Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano (1972 - 1998, 1999 - 2004)
  • Mrs. Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano (1998 - 1999)
  • Her Royal Highness The Princess of Asturias (since 22 May 2004)

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

Honours

The personal coat of arms of HRH, Letizia the Princess of Asturias

Spanish honours

Foreign honours

Other Honours

  • Favourite Daughter of Oviedo (Hija Predilecta de Oviedo, 2007)
  • Adoptive Daughter of Ribadesella (Hija Adoptiva de Ribadesella, 2004)
  • 'Lazo de Dama' of the Royal Masterhood of Cavalry of Seville, 2008

Arms

The coat of arms of Letizia impales her husband's shield to the dexter (viewer's left) with her family arms -1st and 4th quarters, the arms of her father Jesus Ortiz Azure an eight points star Or a bordure chequy Gules and Argent; 2nd and 3rd quarters, the arms of her maternal grandfather Francisco Rocasolano Or a rose Gules barbed and seeded Vert; all surmounted by Prince of Asturias's crown as heir-apparent (Crown's arches differenced as consort) and surrounded by the ribbon of the Order of Charles III. It was designed by Asturian Academy of Heraldry and Genealogy (Academia Asturiana de Heráldica y Genealogía). The Princess's coat of arms has no official status, it is for heraldic (personal) use. In Spain only the coats of arms of the King and the Prince of Asturias are official.[12][13]

Trivia

Letizia was originally named Leticia with "c", the Spanish spelling for this name, but at the time, it was necessary to get permission from the Pope to give names that were not classical or included in the list of saints. Papal authorities changed the spelling to the Italian spelling Letizia, and the register officer in Spain did not amend the error. [14]

She is interested in leisure activities such as cinema, theatre, literature and sports such as ski, sailing (since her marriage to the Prince) and hunting. This last activity was reported by some Spanish journalists with credible evidences, although no presential or official information is known.

Royal styles of
Letizia, Princess of Asturias

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Reference style Her Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Ma'am

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 evening gowns have been designed by Lorenzo Caprile, mostly. Her wedding dress was designed by veteran Spanish designer Manuel Pertegaz. She also wears accessories from Loewe (bags) or Yves Saint Laurent or Manolo Blahnik, Pura Lopez or Sara Navarro (shoes). Among international brands, she prefers Armani (her suit at the engagement was from this label), Gucci or Jimmy Choo. She has also used several Spanish high-street brands, such as Mango or Massimo Dutti and reportedly bought clothes for her daughters at Zara Kids.

In August 2008, Letizia had cosmetic surgery to fix her nose.[15]

When Prince Felipe is expected to take the throne she would become the first Spanish Queen to have been born a commoner.

See also

Ancestry

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
16. ? Ortiz
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8. José Ortiz Pool
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
17. ? Pool
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4. José Luis Ortiz Velasco
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
9. Carmen Velasco Gutiérrez
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2. Jesús José Ortiz Álvarez
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10. ? Alvarez
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5. María del Carmen Álvarez del Valle
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11. Placida del Valle
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1. Letizia, Princess of Asturias
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
24. Miguel Rocasolano y Perez
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12. Miguel Rocasolano y Cebrián
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
25. Francisca Cebrián
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6. Francisco Rocasolano y Camacho
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
13. Maria Camacho
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3. María de la Paloma Rocasolano Rodríguez
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7. Enriqueta Rodríguez Figueredo
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

References

  1. ^ DiariodeNavarra.es - Paloma Rocasolano, enlace sindical
  2. ^ DiariodeNavarra.es - Jesús Ortiz, el discreto consuegro del Rey
  3. ^ http://www.elperiodicodearagon.com/noticias/noticia.asp?pkid=181905
  4. ^ ElMundo.es - La pareja de Erika Ortiz encontró su cadáver en la casa y avisó por teléfono a la policía
  5. ^ a b c - El traslado de su familia a Madrid marcó la dirección de su vida
  6. ^ a b c d e The Royal Household of His Majesty the King - Her Royal Highness the Princess of Asturias
  7. ^ DiariodeNavarra.es - Prefiere los pantalones a la falda
  8. ^ elmundo.es|Boda Real - Palacio de la Zarzuela
  9. ^ elmundo.es |Boda Real - Su casa
  10. ^ Anuncio del próximo nacimiento del segundo hijo de SS.AA.RR. los Príncipes de Asturias
  11. ^ (Spanish) [1] BOE 04-05-22, Spanish Official Journal (accessed on 31 October 2008)
  12. ^ (Spanish) Armas de Doña Leticia, Revista Internacional de Protocolo, ISSN 1135-9692, Number 33, 2004, pp. 64-65
  13. ^ Template:EsiconLabel’s position correction by RIAG, Registro Internacional de Armas Gentilicias. (accessed on 17 June 2009)
  14. ^ La ´z´ de Letizia llena los registros civiles - Gente - www.lavozdeasturias.es
  15. ^ 20minutos.es - La Princesa Letizia se opera la nariz

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Title last held by
Maria Antonia of Naples and Sicily
Princess of Asturias
as spouse of the Prince of Asturias
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