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Princess Letizia: Spain's new queen after abdication

Move over Kate, and step aside Mary: there's another commoner set to become queen.

After ruling Spain for 39 years, 76-year-old King Juan Carlos will pass  the throne to his son, Prince Felipe de Borbon, 46, and his wife, Princess Letizia.

Letizia Oritz, like Kate Middleton and Mary Donaldson, once had the ordinary life of a commoner before she caused a stir with her marriage to the Crown Prince of Spain.

Before her engagement to Prince Felipe in 2003 she was a well known television presenter and reporter who worked for Bloomburg, CNN and TVE.

The Princess reported on the presidential election from Washington DC in 2000, and received an award the same year for most accomplished journalist under 30.

She also reported from ground zero, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the twin towers in New York.


The divorcee gave up her career when she married the Prince of Asturias in 2004 and the couple have two daughters.

Eight-year-old Leonor and seven-year-old Sofia are often walked to school by their down-to-earth royal parents, who even made the trip on their tenth wedding anniversary on May 22.

The royals posted a photograph of the young family on their official twitter account to mark the anniversary.

Princess Letizia will also be the first divorcee to become Queen of Spain.

The 41-year-old married Alonso Guerrero Pérez in 1998 in a civil ceremony, and the couple divorced the next year.

Because her previous marriage was not through the church, her Roman Catholic wedding to the Prince did not require an annulment of her first marriage.

Princess Letizia’s fashion

Not just a princess with a successful career and a grounded attitude, Princess Letizia has style to rival the Duchess of Cambridge.

Looking equally as comfortable in ball gowns as she does in leather and animal print, there has been interest in her wardrobe since her wedding in 2004.

For the ceremony she wore a high-collared, long sleeve gown by Spanish designer Manuel Pertegaz.

The ivory gown had a  4.5 metre train  and she wore the same platinum and diamond tiara that her mother-in-law Queen Sofia wore for her own wedding.

A regular fan of sheath dresses with blazers and heels, the princess also regularly recycles outfits – just like Kate Middleton.

Princess Letizia is also a fan of casual clothing, often donning a leather jacket and slacks when out and about.

One of her favourite local designers is Felipe Varela, who she has worn regularly at formal engagements.

The Princess notably wore a Varela gown to meet then French president Nicolas Sarkozy in 2009, and she also wore a cream Varela dress to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011.

There is a blog called Princess Letizia's Wardrobe devoted to documenting the style of Princess Letizia, which names designers and counts the number of times the Princess has repeated an outfit.

Her style is often daring and we can be sure she will dress nothing like the Queen of England. 

She is certainly not afraid of showing some skin, a favourite dress is a black lace off-the-shoulder number by Varela, which she has worn at least three times to royal events.

Animal print is something unexpected for a royal to wear, but it makes a regular appearance in the Princesses outfits and accessories.

When she gains the title of Queen of Spain, you can look forward to more regular appearances from the fashionable royal.