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Prince Felipe & Letizia Ortiz

The marriage of Crown Prince Felipe of Spain and Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano – May 22, 2004 

felipe_letiziaFelipe Juan Pablo and Alfonso de Todos los Santos, His Royal Highness The Prince of the Asturias, Felipe de Borbón y Grecia, third child of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía of Spain, was born in Madrid on January 30, 1968.

Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano was born on September 15, 1972, at Oviedo, Spain. She married Alonso Guerrero in a civil ceremony in 1998, and was divorced a year later.

Family life

The royal couple have two daughters: Leonor, born on October 31, 2005, and Sofía, born on April 29, 2007, both in Madrid.

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The engagement

The couple met when Letizia, a journalist and news presenter, was in Galicia on assignment to cover the sinking of the Prestige oil tanker in November, 2002. Prince Felipe was there to view the damage caused by the accident. They started dating the following spring, and managed to keep their romance secret until their engagement.

On November 1, 2003, the King and Queen of Spain announced the engagement of Prince Felipe to Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, who appeared together before the media on November 3.

Three days later, on November 6, the formal betrothal took place.

The wedding ceremony

Felipe and Letizia’s marriage ceremony took place on May 22, 2004 at the Cathedral Nuestra Senora de la Almudena in Madrid, Spain.

The ceremony was conducted by Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouca Varela, Cardinal Archbishop of Madrid, assisted by two other cardinals, five bishops, a prior and an abbot.

Prince Felipe presented Letizia with 13 gold coins, or arras, during the marriage ceremony as is traditional at Spanish weddings. The coins were from the Bank of Spain collection, the oldest of which was coined in times of the Catholic Monarchs, and the most recent during the reign of Alfonso XIII. The coins were loaned by the Bank of Spain and then returned.

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During the exchange of arras, Felipe forgot his lines and referred to a script.

The wedding day had begun gray and wet, but as the couple were leaving the cathedral, the sun came out and bathed the royal couple in sunlight.

Offering the bouquet

After the ceremony, Princess Letizia offered her bridal bouquet to the Virgin of Atocha at the Royal Basilica of Our Lady of Atocha.

The tradition is for royal brides to present their bouquet to the Virgin, and to present newborn Infantes of Spain to the Virgin.

King Juan Carlos, then Prince of Spain, offered his children, the current Prince of the Asturias (1968), and Infantas Elena (1963) and Cristina (1965), to the Virgin. Infanta Leonor and Infanta Sofia, Felipe and Letizia’s daughters, were also presented.

The bride’s attendants

The nephews and nieces of the royal bride and groom were flower girls and page boys:

  • Felipe Juan de Marichalar y de Borbón and Victoria Federica de Marichalar y de Borbón, the children of Her Royal Highness The Infanta Elena and Jaime de Marichalar, Duke of Lugo,
  • Juan Valentín Urdangarin y de Borbón, Pablo Nicolas Urdangarin y de Borbón, Miguel Urdangarin y de Borbón, the sons of Her Royal Highness The Infanta Cristina and Iñaki Urdangarín, Duke of Palma,
  • Victoria López Quesada Borbón Dos Sicilias, the daughter of Pedro López Quesada and of Her Royal Highness Cristina de Borbón-Dos Sicilias, grandaugter of Their Royal Highnesses of Infante Carlos and Ana de Francia,
  • Carla Vigo Ortiz, the daughter of Antonio Vigo Pérez and Erika Ortiz Rocasolano.

The ladies-in-waiting were Ana Codorniu Alvárez de Toledo and Claudia González Ortiz.

One of the anecdotes of the wedding was when one of the pageboys, the groom’s nephew Froilan kicked one of the flower girls, Letizia’s niece Carla.

SOURCE: http://www.casareal.es/boda/info/annex.pdf

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