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Letizia, Princess of Asturias (Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, 15 September 1972, Oviedo, Spain), is the wife of Felipe, Prince of Asturias, who is heir apparent to the Spanish throne. Before her marriage to the prince, she was a journalist.

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).

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. 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.

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+.

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. 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.

Letizia married 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. The marriage was dissolved by divorce in 1999. They had no children. He is now married to María del Carmen Astero N.

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

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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Princess Letizia of Spain and Prince Felipe of Spain attend John Paul II Beatification Ceremony held by Pope Benedict XVI on May 1, 2011 in Vatican City, Vatican.

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