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Spain's Princess Letizia gives up rock for throne

Published on Jun 16, 2014 7:32 PM
Spain's Princess Letizia arrives at the inauguration of the exhibition El Ultimo Viaje de la Fragata Mercedes (The Last Voyage Of Tthe Frigate Mercedes) at the Naval museum in Madrid on June 12, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - When Spain's Princess Letizia is crowned queen on Thursday, she will surrender a tiny corner of privacy that has allowed her to sneak out with friends to cafes, plays and a string of indie rock concerts.

The elegant 41-year-old royal's secretive mingling with the public, often with a few girlfriends and in non-regal attire, has provided rich fodder to the Spanish gossip media.

The blonde-haired former television news presenter was snapped in jeans and black leather jacket in April last year outside a Madrid concert by US alternative rock group Eels.

A few months earlier, she joined spectators at a concert by 1990s Spanish indie group Los Planetas.

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