Queen Letizia

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Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano was born on September 15, 1972 at the Sanatorio Miñor in Oviedo, Asturias, the first of three daughters born from the marriage of Jesús Ortiz and Paloma Rocasolano.

Letizia Ortiz is the eldest daughter of the journalist Jesús José Ortiz Álvarez (December 24, 1949) and María Paloma Rocasolano Rodríguez (April 15, 1952). 

Her grandparents on the paternal side are José Luis Ortiz Velasco (1923-2005) and Menchu Álvarez del Valle (1928-); and on the maternal side Francisco Julio Rocasolano Camacho (1918-2015) and Enriqueta Rodríguez Figueredo (1919-2008).


Letizia's parents were married from 1971 until their divorce and had two more daughters: Telma (October 25, 1973), an economist who worked for Doctors without Borders7 and as assistant director of International Relations at the Barcelona City Council (from 2009 to 2012), and Érika (April 16, 1975, February 2007), who worked as an interior and graphic designer for the production company Globomedia. Letizia Ortiz's paternal grandmother, Menchu Álvarez del Valle, was a radio broadcaster in Asturias for over 40 years.


On September 29, 1972 she was baptized in the Parish of San Francisco de Asís de Oviedo. Her godparents were her maternal uncle, Francisco Rocasolano Rodríguez and her paternal aunt, Cristina Ortiz Álvarez. 



He received his General Basic Education at the public school La Gesta in Oviedo and continued his studies at the Alfonso II Institute, while taking ballet classes three days a week. Due to her father's work, the whole family had to move to the town of Rivas-Vaciamadrid so Letizia Ortiz, who was 15 years old, continued her education at the Instituto Ramiro de Maeztu.


After finishing high school, Ortiz enrolled in the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, where she graduated with a degree in Information Sciences, a branch of journalism. While still in college, he began collaborating with the newspaper ABC and the EFE Agency, integrating himself into the latter's international policy area during his final year. Later, between 1992 and 1993, she did an internship at the newspaper La Nueva España in Oviedo, working in the areas of economics, television and entertainment. She then obtained a master's degree in audiovisual information and traveled to Guadalajara (Mexico) to begin her doctoral studies (which she did not finish) and work at the Siglo 21 newspaper.


In 2000 Letizia Ortiz was awarded the Mariano José de Larra Prize by the Madrid Press Association for her work as the best journalist under 30 years of age.



Letizia Ortiz started working in television at CNN, a private news channel of Grupo PRISA. Together with Marta Fernández, she spent two years broadcasting the news in the morning shift, which started at five in the morning. She also worked before, from 1997 to 1999, in the American channel Bloomberg TV, another private channel, specialized in economy, finances and markets, with headquarters in Spain, under the supervision of the EFE Television Agency.


In 2000, he joined the state-owned television station, Televisión Española, where he was in charge of the presentation of the weekly report in the summer, and later worked with the editing team of Telediario Segunda Edición, which reached audiences of four million people as of 2003. She also presented the morning news, the specials on the euro that were offered on the TVE news and was sent on special to different points around the world to cover current events, such as the attacks of September 11, 2001, the sinking of the Prestige or the invasion of Iraq. In fact, she covered the information of this last event maintaining already a secret relationship with the Prince of Asturias. Months before the announcement of the engagement with the Prince, he began to co-present the second edition of TVE's newscast with the highest audience.



1. She is famous in her own right

Before marrying the Prince, she was a well-known television presenter and journalist. She won an award for the best Spanish journalist under 30 years old in 2002, just before she met Felipe.


2. It took her a while to win the public's favor

But after her younger sister, Erika, committed suicide at the age of 31, the public became a little more sympathetic to her, or so the news about the Royal House (in spanish: noticias sobre la Casa Real) seems to say. "Thank you to all those who have felt saddened by the death of my little sister," she said through tears at the funeral.


3. She was at Ground Zero

During the 2001 tragedy, he reported the chaotic scene at Ground Zero. Before finishing her career, Letizia's life was filled with heavy tasks, including one that covers a story about an oil spill in northern Spain, the Prestige tragedy, in November 2002, where she and Felipe began their romance.

4. Her wedding dress was like a fairy tale

Princess Letizia's long-sleeved, collared wedding dress for her 2004 was made by Manuel Pertegaz. She wore it with a 15-foot train and put on the same diamond and platinum tiara that Queen Sofia wore at her wedding to King Juan Carlos.


5. She is behaving like a great mother with her daughters, whom she attends to constantly

A leading Spanish newspaper reported that she and her husband take their two daughters, Leonor and Sofia, to school.


6. She is divorced

It has been mentioned in several websites of current kings of Spain (actualidad reyes de España) that in 1998 Letizia was married for a short period of time to a teacher named Alfonso Guerrero. The previous marriage caused controversy in Spain, but because it was a civil ceremony, it did not require an annulment before her Roman Catholic marriage to the Prince in 2004.


7. She is a fan of fashion recycling

Although she is known for her incredible sense of style, the princess is not afraid to wear things twice. And there's a popular blog dedicated to counting the number of times she wears the clothes. She has worn her favorite pair of Magrit suede shoes in at least twelve public appearances.


8. She was not born into a family of royal blood

She is the granddaughter of a cab driver, Letizia is not royal by blood, but she will be the first queen of Spanish descent since Maria de las Mercedes de Orleans y Borbon, first wife of the great-grandfather of Felipe Alfonso XIII, who died in 1904.


9. She has been through several times in the operating room to retouch her appearance

In 2008, he underwent nose surgery to correct a breathing problem, Palacio said. It is known that his passage through surgery has happened on more occasions.

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