15 Sep, 2022 @ 16:00
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From journalist to Queen of Spain: Letizia celebrates her 50th birthday

Queen Letizia And King Felipe Attend The Opening Of The Picasso Yea
12-09-2022 Madrid Queen Letizia arriving for the tribute to Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) on occasion of the beginning of the Picasso year held at the Reina museum in Madrid. Picasso Year marks the 50th anniversary of the painter's death and will be celebrated all along 2023 with 42 art exhibitions and several activities dedicated to Picasso's life and his work. No Spain Â' PPE/Thorton//PICTUREPRESSEUROPE_08520023/2209130907/Credit:PPE/SIPA/2209130921 *** Local Caption *** 01087715

SPAIN’S Queen Letizia is today celebrating her 50th birthday.

Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, was a well known face amongst Spanish households being a news presenter for RTVE when she caught the eye of the then Prince Felipe.

Their romance led to the couple’s marriage at the El Pardo Palace in Madrid in 2004.

She was born in Oviedo in 1972  where she spent the first 14 years of her life before moving with her family to Madrid.

Letizia studied journalism at the Complutense University of Madrid gaining a master’s in broadcast journalism.

She worked at Spanish News Agency EFE before moving on to RTVE.

Spanish King Felipe Vi And Letizia During Santiago Apostle Festivity Act In Santiago De Compostela, A Coruña On Monday, 25 July 2022.
Spanish King Felipe VI and Letizia with their daughters during the Santiago Apostle festivity act in Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña . Photo: Cordon Press

It was in 2002 that Letizia met Felipe at a friend’s dinner party, and the duo soon fell in love, with their relationship made public later that year.

Before getting married, both visited Asturias where Felipe was introduced to her family.

She has become the darling not just of Spain but also the international media, with her fashion choices broadcast around the world.

Gluk Wedding Palace
Letizia and Felipe on their wedding day. Photo:© Alfaqui/ZUMA Wire via Cordon Press

Letizia has been involved in several confrontations with members of the Royal Family, in April 2004 Queen Letizia did not allow the former Queen Sofia to take a picture with her granddaughters. 

Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez has marked her birthday in a tweet , saying ‘Thanks to Queen Letizia for her loyalty, work and solidarity. On such a special day, I join in the congratulations of all of us who recognise her dedication to others and her sense of duty to our country.”

Jorge Hinojosa

Jorge Hinojosa Mena was born and bred in Madrid before moving to the UK to study. After an undergraduate degree in Manchester, he completed an MA in International Journalism at City. He has worked in radio and for Spain’s Efe news agency before joining the Olive Press in March 2022. Contact: Jorge@theolivepress.es

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