Queen Letizia of Spain
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|Letizia in 2014|
|Queen consort of Spain|
|Tenure||19 June 2014 – present|
|Spouse||Felipe VI of Spain (m. 2004)|
|Issue||Leonor, Princess of Asturias
Infanta Sofía of Spain
|Father||Jesús José Ortiz Álvarez|
|Mother||María Paloma Rocasolano Rodríguez|
15 September 1972 |
Oviedo, Asturias, Spain
Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano (Spanish pronunciation: [leˈtiθja]; born 15 September 1972) is the Queen of Spain as the wife of King Felipe VI, who ascended on 19 June 2014 on the abdication of his father Juan Carlos I. Before her marriage to Felipe, Letizia was a journalist and news anchor.
Letizia was born in Oviedo, Asturias. She is the eldest daughter of Jesús José Ortiz Álvarez, a journalist, and his first wife, María de la Paloma Rocasolano Rodríguez, a registered nurse and hospital union representative. She has two younger sisters, Telma (b. 1973) and Érika (1975 - 2007), whose death was widely reported by press as due to an intentional prescription drug overdose.
Letizia's paternal grandparents were José Luis Ortiz Velasco (ca. 1923 – 2005), a commercial employee at Olivetti, and María del Carmen "Menchu" Álvarez del Valle (born in ca. 1928), a radio broadcaster in Asturias for over 40 years. Her maternal grandparents are Francisco Julio Rocasolano Camacho (born in 1918), a mechanic and cab driver in Madrid for over 20 years, through him she has distant Occitan origins, and Enriqueta Rodríguez Figueredo (1919 – 2008), whose father was born in the Philippines to Spanish parents;
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. She completed a Bachelor's Degree and a Licentiate's Degree in Sciences of the Information, in the 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.
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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 programme Informe Semanal and later the daily morning news programme Telediario Matinal on TVE 1. 
Letizia married Alonso Guerrero Pérez, born in Mérida on 12 November 1962, son of Juan Francisco Guerrero N and wife María de los Dolores Pérez Díaz, a Licentiate in Philosophy from the University of Extremadura, a writer and a high-school literature teacher, on 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. He is now married to María del Carmen Astero Martín, a teacher.
Second marriage and children
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 Prince of Asturias had proposed to her with a 16-baguette diamond engagement ring with a white gold trim. She marked the occasion by giving him white gold and sapphire cufflinks and a classic book.
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 Pope John Paul II in 1993. It had been nearly a century since the capital celebrated a royal wedding, as the prince's parents married in Athens, and his sisters, Infanta Elena and Infanta Cristina, married in Sevilla and Barcelona respectively.
Letizia's bridal gown was designed by Spanish fashion designer Manuel Pertegaz, her bridal shoes by Pura López and the veil was a gift from Felipe to his bride which was made of off-white silk tulle and hand-embroidered with beautiful details.
As Letizia's previous marriage involved only a civil ceremony, the Catholic Church does not consider it canonically valid and therefore did not require an annulment to proceed with a Catholic marriage to the Prince of Asturias.
Role as Princess of Asturias
Titles, honours, and arms
At the time of her marriage to Prince Felipe, Letizia was appointed to the Grand Cross of the Royal and Distinguished Order of Charles III as dame on 21 May 2004. Since then, Letizia has received different appointments and decorations by foreign states and other Spanish honours.
From 2004 to 2014 The coat of arms used as princess was the whole differenced with a label of three points Azure (used as difference of the Spanish heir-apparent) and the crown as Spanish heir-apparent, it had four half-arches (with Crown's arches differenced as consort).
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