Saturday, May 22, 2010

Pop History Moment: A Royal Wedding Captivates Spain

On this day in 2004 Felipe, Prince of Asturias and heir to the throne of Spain, wed Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, a television journalist formerly employed by CNN.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketTheir marriage was solemnised at the Catedral Santa María la Real de la Almudena in Madrid, the first royal wedding ever held there and the first royal wedding in the Spanish capital for nearly a century. The guest list included the Kings of Sweden, Norway, and Belgium, Queens of Jordan, Denmark and Holland, crown princes of the UK and Japan, as well as Spanish celebrities and politicians.

Her Royal Highness will be the first commoner ever to become Queen of Spain; she is also a divorcee, having been previously married to Alonso Guerrero (from whom she was divorced in 2002). Her popularity, especially amongst the young, seems to derive from her modernity; that or the fact that, at the time her engagement was announced, she was host of Telediario, the most watched newscast in Spain.

Their Royal Highnesses have since had two children: Infanta Leonor (born in 31 October 2005), and Infanta Sofía (born 29 April 2007). While Spain has in the past had Queens regnant, the country does not currently recognize female primogeniture; given the tenor of the times, though, all of that may change...
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Mathias N Oz said...

Mmmm... he is yummy. I hope they make lots and lots of pretty babies.