Meet Princess Letizia: Spain's Glamorous Next Queen

Spain's next queen is the glamorous Princess Letizia.

ByCOLLEEN CURRY
June 04, 2014, 2:38 PM
PHOTO: Princess Letizia of Spain attends the wedding ceremony of Prince Guillaume Of Luxembourg, Oct. 20, 2012, in Luxembourg.
Princess Letizia of Spain attends the wedding ceremony of Prince Guillaume Of Luxembourg, Oct. 20, 2012, in Luxembourg.
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June 4, 2014— -- The glamorous Princess Letizia of Spain has already drawn comparisons to another fashionable, beautiful royal -- England's Kate Middleton -- but Spain's favorite royal will be the first to ascend the throne.

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Spanish King Juan Carlos announced earlier this week that he was abdicating his throne and would be replaced by his son, Letizia's husband, Prince Felipe.

PHOTO: Princess Letizia of Spain attends 'Feriarte 2010' at IFEMA, Nov. 19, 2010, in Madrid.
Princess Letizia of Spain attends 'Feriarte 2010' at IFEMA, Nov. 19, 2010, in Madrid.
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All eyes quickly pivoted to Princess Letizia Ortiz, the chic former journalist who has been a star in Spain's fashion world for years. Online fashion blogs are devoted to covering her every outfit.

PHOTO: Princess Letizia of Spain with Pope Benedict XVI, Nov. 6, 2010, in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Princess Letizia of Spain with Pope Benedict XVI, Nov. 6, 2010, in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
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The 41-year-old was not born to a noble family and became a career woman after university. She married a teacher, but the pair divorced in 1999.

PHOTO: Princess Letizia of Spain attends the 'El Barco de Vapor' and 'Gran Angular' children and youth literary awards ceremony at the Real Casa de Correos, April 1, 2014, in Madrid.
Princess Letizia of Spain attends the 'El Barco de Vapor' and 'Gran Angular' children and youth literary awards ceremony at the Real Casa de Correos, April 1, 2014, in Madrid.
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Ortiz was working as TV news anchor when she met her second husband, Prince Felipe, and the couple married in 2004. Ortiz left her career after marrying Felipe.

PHOTO: Princess of Asturias, Letizia Ortiz and her husband Spanish Crown Prince Felipe of Bourbon wave to the crowd after their their wedding ceremony, May 22, 2004.
Princess of Asturias, Letizia Ortiz and her husband Spanish Crown Prince Felipe of Bourbon wave to the crowd after their their wedding ceremony, May 22, 2004.
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The couple has two daughters Leonor, 8, and Sofia, 7.

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