Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, Princesa de Asturias MP

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Nicknames: "Princesa de Asturias"
Location: Madrid, España
Birthdate: (40)
Birthplace: Olviedo, Asturias, España
Occupation: CNN television journalist, Princess of Asturias
Managed by: Susanna Engberg Barnevik
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About Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, Princesa de Asturias

Wikipedia:

English: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letizia,_Princess_of_Asturias

Español: http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letizia_Ortiz

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Letizia, Princess of Asturias

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Letizia, Princess of Asturias (Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano; September 15, 1972, Oviedo, Spain) is the wife of Felipe, the Prince of Asturias, who is heir apparent to the Spanish throne. She is styled HRH The Princess of Asturias.

Family

Letizia is the eldest daughter of Jesús Ortiz Álvarez, a journalist, and Paloma Rocasolano Rodríguez, (born April 15, 1952) a registered nurse and also a hospital union representative[1]. Her parents divorced in 1999 and her father remarried fellow journalist Ana Togores [2]. Letizia's paternal grandmother, Menchu Álvarez del Valle, was a well known radio broadcaster in Asturias for over 40 years.

Letizia has two sisters (one now deceased):

Telma Ortiz Rocasolano, (born October 25, 1973) an economist who works for Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières)[3]. With her fiance Dr Enrique Martin she has one daughter Amanda born on March 28th 2008.

Érika Ortiz Rocasolano, (April 9, 1975 - February 6, 2007) had a Fine Arts degree 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, from her relationship with Antonio Vigo (a sculptor who she had separated from shortly before her death).[4]

Letizia also has an aunt, Henar Ortiz (mother of one daughter). Henar lives in Letizia's hometown, Oviedo, and has a decoration and furniture shop. She was interviewed by the Spanish press (¡Hola! and Vogue Spain) about decoration.

Education and career

Letizia attended school at the La Gesta school in Oviedo, before her family moved to Madrid, where she attended high school at the Ramiro de Maeztu high school.[5]. She completed a Bachelor’s Degree in 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. [6].

During her studies, Letizia worked for the Asturian daily newspaper La Nueva España and later for the newspaper ABC and the news agency EFE[5] [6]. 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+.[6]

In 2000, she moved to and 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 the TVE [5] [6]. In August 2003, a few months before her engagement to Felipe, Letizia was promoted to anchor of the TVE daily evening news program Telediario, 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.

[edit]First marriage with schoolteacher

Letizia married Alonso Guerrero Pérez, high-school literature teacher and previous teacher of hers, on August 7, 1998, at Almendralejo, in Badajoz, after a 10-year courtship [7]. The marriage was dissolved by divorce in 1999. They had no children.

[edit]Engagement and second marriage with the prince

On 1 November 2003 to the surprise of many, the Royal Household announced Letizia's engagement to the Prince of Asturias[6]. Afterwards, she moved to live in a wing of the La Zarzuela Palace until the day of her wedding.[8]

The wedding took place on May 22, 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 Seville and Barcelona respectively.

As Letizia's previous marriage involved only a civil ceremony, the Roman Catholic Church regarded it as legally but not sacramentally 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 La Zarzuela Palace grounds.[9]

[edit]Children

It was announced on May 8, 2005 that Letizia was pregnant and on October 31, 2005 at 1:46am at the Ruber Clinic in Madrid, she gave birth to a girl, Infanta Leonor, the first child for the couple, who was baptised on January 14, 2006. The godparents were the King and Queen of Spain.

It may be likely the Spanish law of succession could be changed to introduce the fully equal primogeniture, meaning that the firstborn child of the monarch succeeds, regardless of gender, making Infanta Leonor second in line behind her father even if she has younger brothers, and would become a female heir apparent.

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 born. But the logic of the times means that if the reform that the administration is planning takes place, she will be."

On September 25, 2006 the Royal House announced that the couple were expecting their second child in May 2007. [10] On November 27, 2006 it was announced that the second child the Princess was expecting was also a girl. On April 29, 2007, at 16:50h, 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.

References

^ DiariodeNavarra.es - Paloma Rocasolano, enlace sindical

^ DiariodeNavarra.es - Jesús Ortiz, el discreto consuegro del Rey

^ DiariodeNavarra.es - Telma Ortiz Rocasolano

^ ElMundo.es - La pareja de Erika Ortiz encontró su cadáver en la casa y avisó por teléfono a la policía

^ a b c - El traslado de su familia a Madrid marcó la dirección de su vida

^ a b c d e The Royal Household of His Majesty the King - Her Royal Highness the Princess of Asturias

^ DiariodeNavarra.es - Prefiere los pantalones a la falda

^ elmundo.es |Boda Real - Palacio de la Zarzuela

^ elmundo.es |Boda Real - Su casa

^ Anuncio del próximo nacimiento del segundo hijo de SS.AA.RR. los Príncipes de Asturias

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Letizia Ortiz, Princesa consorte de Asturias's Timeline

1972
September 15, 1972
Olviedo, Asturias, España
1998
1998
Age 25
1999
1999
Age 26
2004
May 22, 2004
Age 31
Madrid, España
2005
October 31, 2005
Age 33
Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, España
2008
September 15, 2008
Age 36

Leonor starts school

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- present
La Gesta School
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Institute for Studies in Audiovisual Journalism
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Complutense University of Madrid