By now, Queen Elizabeth is used to the public knowing everything about her. But that’s not the case with every royal. What about Spain’s leading lady, Queen Letizia?
From her pre-royal life to her meet-cute with King Felipe, here’s everything you need to know about Queen Letizia.
1. Who is Queen Letizia?
She’s the wife of King Felipe VI of Spain. They’ve been married for 15 years.
2. How was her pre-royal life?
Prior to meeting and marrying King Felipe, Letizia studied journalism at the Complutense University of Madrid and the Institute for Studies in Audiovisual Journalism. She worked as a reporter before becoming a news anchor for CNN+ and Televisión Español.
3. How did Queen Letizia meet King Felipe?
Letizia met the then-Prince of Asturias while she was working as a news anchor. King Felipe must have seen one of Letizia’s broadcasts, because he asked a mutual friend, Pedro Erquicia, to set them up. Although it took a few months to make it happen, the rest is history.
4. Was she welcomed by the royal family?
Not really. Letizia was previously married to Alonso Guerrero Pérez. Although the marriage only lasted a year, her status as a “divorcée” didn’t sit well with the royal family. This forced the couple to keep their relationship under wraps at first.
5. When did Queen Letizia and King Felipe get married?
In May 2004, Queen Letizia and King Felipe tied the knot at the Catedral de la Almudena in Madrid. The bride’s dress was designed by Spanish couturier Manuel Pertegaz and featured heavy embroidery and a high-standing collar.
6. What is she known for?
Apart from her role in the royal family, Queen Letizia is known for her impeccable fashion choices. From red culottes to a pink fuzzy jacket, the monarch has redefined what it means to dress like a queen.
7. Does she have any children?
Queen Letizia shares two daughters with King Felipe: Leonor, Princess of Asturias (14) and Infanta Sofía (12). Princess Leonor is first in the line of succession to the Spanish throne, followed by her sister.