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Letizia Ortiz: From TV presenter to queen of Spain

Published on Jun 3, 2014 10:15 AM

MADRID (AFP) - A former television presenter from a modest background, Letizia Ortiz will break the mould of the classic royal when she is crowned queen of Spain.

Ortiz, the granddaughter of a taxi driver, got married on May 22, 2004 to Crown Prince Felipe de Bourbon who is now to take over the throne after the abdication of his father, King Juan Carlos.

The couple's sumptuous and rain-soaked marriage ceremony at Madrid's Almudena Cathedral ended years of speculation over the love life of the prince, five years older than her.

The photogenic 41-year-old will be the first Spanish-born queen since Maria de las Mercedes de Orleans y Bourbon, first wife of Felipe's great-grandfather Alfonso XIII, who died in 1904.

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