King & Queen of Spain’s US Tour: First stop, Washington D.C.

Spanish Royals in Washington DC

King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain are currently on a US tour. They kicked it off with a visit to Capital Hill.

Bienvenido to America!

Washington, D.C., is getting the royal treatment this week as the city plays host to Queen Letiziaand King Felipe of Spain.

The glamorous couple – who rose to the throne after Felipe’s father, King Juan Carlos, abdicated in 2014 – are on a four-day tour of the U.S., starting in the nation’s capital.

For their first official visit to the U.S. as king and queen, the Spanish royals took care to start off with spots that held a significance for their homeland. They requested that their first visit be to George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, “to highlight the long-standing historic relations between our two countries,” said Ramón Gil-Casares, Spanish Ambassador to the United States. (People magazine.)

You can see more photos from their time in Washington, D.C. here.

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Royals in the Age of Twitter

LetiziaLast night upon seeing Kate’s latest look from her latest event, I tweeted without thinking. I tweeted it from my personal account, which I use for a lot of “thinking out loud,” as Twitter is seemingly designed for. More than anything, I wanted to highlight how fierce Queen Letizia is, and to bring my followers’/friends’ attention to it.

Then Regal Media was kind enough to retweet it. Which was pretty cool. And a few people agreed.

Rad, no?

Well, apparently I really ruffled some feathers… Some people responded that I was just “jealous,” which, HELLO, OF COURSE I AM. And someone else replied that Kate shouldn’t follow the fashion advice of a royal of a “failing royal house…”

For what it’s worth, I do love Queen Letizia and show favor to her as of late opposed to Kate… She’s a fellow journalist and you can’t deny her sassiness. But is this a personal attack on Kate, in the words of aforementioned tweets, “nah.”

 

 

King Felipe and Queen Letizia’s Family Vacationing in Palma de Mallorca

Spanish Royals pose for photographers at Marivent Palace1 2 3 4 6 7 King Felipe, Queen Letizia, and their daughters Leonor, Princess of Asturias, and Infanta Sofia are currently on vacation in Palma de Mallorca. They posed for photographers on the steps of Marvient Palace — then, they met and thanked the press.

I cannot get over how PR savvy and respectful they seem to be with the media. I suspect Queen Letizia’s background in journalism has something to do with it, or they simply respect the people that keep them relevant. Other royals could take note…

Before They Were Royals: Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, Soon-to-be Queen Letizia of Spain

Before Royalty: Letizia

I’ve been wanting to start this series for a while now, and on the heels of Monday’s abdication announcement, I figured it’d be a perfect time to start.  Let’s start with one of my personal favorites from commoner-to-royalty story, that of Letizia, Princess of Asturias, soon-to-be Queen (consort) of Spain.

Before Royalty: Letizia

Name: Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano

Birth: September 15, 1972, Oviedo, Asturias, Spain

Spouse: Alonso Guerrero Pérez (m. 1998; div. 1999); Felipe, Prince of Asturias (m. 2004)

Children: Infanta Leonor (b. 2005); Infanta Sofía (b. 2007)

Official Title: Her Royal Highness Doña Letizia, Princess of Asturias, Princess of Viana, Princess of Girona, Duchess of Montblanc, Countess of Cervera and Lady of Balaguer

Line of Succession: None, married to Felipe, Prince of Asturias, soon-to-be King of Spain, making her Queen Consort Letizia of Spain

Life before royalty

Letizia is the oldest of three sisters, one of whom passed away in 2007 after a battle with severe depression.

She followed in her father and grandfather’s footsteps and pursued a career in journalism.

She completed her Bachelor’s Degree and a Licentiate’s Degree in Sciences of the Information, in the branch of Journalism, at the Complutense University of Madrid. She also earned a Master’s Degree in Audiovisual Journalism at the Institute for Studies in Audiovisual Journalism.

Prince Felipe And Leticia Ortiz Wedding AnnouncedAfter her studies, she went to work in Guadalajara, Mexico at a newspaper, then returned to Spain and quickly moved up the ranks of professional journalists. She soon became one of the most popular news anchors in Spain. She reported live from Ground Zero, as well as Iraq and the US Elections of 2000.

One of the more “controversial” aspects of her life has been her previous marriage. In 1998, she married her boyfriend of nearly ten years, professor and author, Alonso Guerrero. They divorced in 1999, and, since having had only a civil service, their marriage was not recognized by the Roman Catholic Church. This made it possible for her to marry Prince Felipe in a Catholic Church without an annulment.

In 2002, she first met Prince Felipe at a dinner party, however, it wasn’t until meeting a few months later during one of her news assignments that the Prince asked her on a date. It’s alleged she turned down his first four attempts, she was not wanting to start a relationship with such a high-profile person, especially since she had recently been promoted at her job.

It’s not said what exactly caused her change of heart, but after meeting with the Prince it seemed to be a relatively swift courtship.

Though facing much opposition from his father, Prince Felipe proposed to Letizia in 2004, a few days after she had quit her job.

She faced a lot of push back the first few years. Though many praised the Prince’s choice of an independent commoner to be their someday Queen, many found her to be a bit cold and snobby.

Her cousin recently penned a book which reveals many “secrets” of the Princess, including claims that she had an abortion, and has become “obsessively” concerned with people leaking stories to the press.

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She is not afraid to rock some fierce styles, and manages to pull off every single one. (One of her most memorable looks came from one of her first international royal events, the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik to Mary in 2004. Pictured above.)

Letizia has attended 190 official events and has had 107 audiences without her husband (and the number continues to grow quickly).

princess-letizia-and-her-peasNow a mother to two beautiful girls, she splits her time between royal engagements/patronages and being a mom. She and Prince Felipe often walk the girls to school together.

She is a hardworking, independent woman, who found success before royalty, and certainly has since.

 

After 39 Years on the Throne, King Juan Carlos I Announces Abdication

SPAIN-POLITICS-ROYALS-ABDICATIONWhile most were transfixed to their television screens last night watching the fictional Game of Thrones, those on the Spanish court were preparing the announcement of the latest move of their own throne.

King Juan Carlos AbdicationAdmittedly a shock to most royal watchers, King Juan Carlos I had been swimming in more and more controversy as of late, and abdication had been a topic of more discussion.

SPAIN-POLITICS-ROYALS-ABDICATIONOn the heels of the abdication of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in January of 2013, and King Albert II of Belgium in July of 2013, some think this is becoming a trend. Going out ‘on top.’

Though many Swedes reportedly wish their King–King Carl XVI Gustaf–to do the same, it’s quite unlikely. He is still young (68), respectively, and Crown Princess Victoria still has a young, growing family.

Crown Prince Frederik is known as ‘the reluctant King,’ so I think the same is to be said for the Danish royals–not just yet.

As for Queen Elizabeth II, as much as Prince Charles may have urged his mother to relinquish the throne to him in the past, I think he has accepted the fact that she will stick to what she had said more than 65 years ago on her 21st birthday:

“I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and to the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”

As pointed out by many on Twitter, every heir (aside from CP Victoria) will soon be under 12 years old, except for England, where the heir is nearly 70.

Nonetheless, an exciting day for royal news, especially soon-to-be King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia*!

*Queen Consort