Earlier this month, King Juan Carlos of Spain abdicated the throne. The first monarch of Spain, after the Franco dictatorship, the King felt that the people of Spain needed a leader who could cater to “a new generation,” according to CNN.
This new leader is his 46 year old son, Felipe.
Felipe’s wife, Letizia Ortiz, is seen in Spain as a relatable and approachable woman, as she is frequently compared to fellow “Middle Class Queen” Kate Middleton. The soon-to-be queen even has her own mortgage on an apartment!
Her past divorce and choice to go under the knife reflects the ever-changing image of a royal. In his official speech, King Juan Carlos emphasized the necessity for change, and she and her husband are sure to usher in a new era in Spanish politics. For years, she has been a fashion icon in Europe, and will soon be seen as an ambassador to Spain and to style.
She is definitely one to watch.
The accessibility to their subjects makes this royal family popular in Spain.
Her everyday style and relatability makes her a household name in Europe.
The Princess has two daughters, Leonor and Sofia, ages 8 and 7, respectively.
In addition, she was married before she met Felipe, but got divorced. This was permissible in the Catholic country due to the fact that her first marriage was only signified with a civil ceremony.
She is a new kind of princess, as she has admitted to getting plastic surgery to fix a deviated septum.
To honor the Spanish Monarchy, Letizia donned a tiara that Queen Sofia had wore to her own wedding, about 40 years before.
She married Prince Felipe, who attended Georgetown University, in 2004.
For a while, she worked for the Spanish CNN, covering the 2000 election in the US, as well as Iraq in 2003.
After school, she worked as a TV anchor, and even covered 9/11.
Born into a family with no royal bloodlines, Letizia Ortiz earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Journalism.
She is now rising to international fame, as her husband takes the throne. Prince Felipe will rise to power, as his father, King Juan Carlos abdicated earlier this month.
Throughout Europe, the Princess, 41, is already known as a style icon.
Letizia Ortiz, a former journalist, is gaining international recognition as her husband gets ready to take the throne this summer.