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Happy anniversary, King Felipe and Queen Letizia
22 May 2019 @ 13:36

IT'S exactly 15 years ago today (Wednesday) since Crown Prince Felipe of Asturias and the famous face of the ten o'clock news on Spain's first channel, TVE – reporter Letizia Ortiz – tied the knot in front of millions of television viewers at Madrid's Almudena Cathedral, a day which saw the accomplished journalist suddenly thrust into the spotlight and analysed by the media.

A commoner, a divorcée, granddaughter of radio DJ Menchu Álvarez del Valle – her grandmother, who is still living and aged 91 – a media graduate with a bachelor's and a master's from Madrid's Complutense University who has worked for ABC, Bloomberg TV, CNN, EFE, various newspapers in her home city of Oviedo, Asturias and the Diario Siglo XXI in Guadalajara, México where she studied her unfinished PhD, the brand-new Princess Letizia was inevitably compared and contrasted with the late Princess Diana following her 2004 wedding to the future King of Spain.

Even Letizia's friends did not know just how famous her fiancé was, and constantly badgered her to tell them more about her 'mystery man' – although the woman who is now Queen of Spain cryptically and repeatedly told them they would 'find out soon enough'.



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