Wednesday, May 22, 2019

King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain Celebrate Their Fifteenth Anniversary

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Today, Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain celebrate fifteen years of marriage.

King Juan Carlos celebrates the engagement of his son Felipe with his fiancée Letizia in 2003.


On 1 November 2003, the Spanish Royal House announced that then Infante Felipe, Prince of Asturias, was engaged to Ms Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano. Felipe (b.1968) is the only son of King Juan Carlos of Spain (b.1938) and Queen Sofía (b.1938; née Greece). Letizia (b.1972) is the eldest daughter of Jesús José Ortiz Álvarez and his first wife María de la Paloma Rocasolano Rodríguez. The announcement was met with some consternation from certain circles due to the fact that Letizia was a divorcée, having been civilly married from 1998-1999 to Alonso Guerrero Pérez (b.1962).

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The wedding of Felipe and Letizia was held on 22 May 2004 in Almudena Cathedral at the Royal Palace of Madrid. Felipe was at that time the heir to the Spanish throne. Letizia had worked as a journalist. The Roman Catholic wedding was presided over by the Archbishop of Madrid, Antonio María Rouco Varela. It was considered a state wedding, the first in Spain for more than fifty years, and it was also the first wedding to be held in the cathedral of Madrid, which had been consecrated in 1993.

Five hours of the coverage of the royal couple's wedding can be viewed at the link:



To view the guest list and to see where attendees were seated during the ceremony, please visit this link from the Royal House: Marriage of His Royal Highness the Prince of Asturias with Doña Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano

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