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Princess Letizia is pregnant with her first child Sunday, 08 May 2005 Princess Letizia, the future Queen of Spain, is pregnant with her first child who will be born in November, the Royal Palace said on Sunday.

A glamorous former television presenter, Letizia Ortiz, 32, married Crown Prince Felipe, 37, on May 22 last year, and news of a pregnancy has been eagerly awaited in Spain.

"The Prince and Princess of Asturias are delighted to announce they are expecting the birth of their first child next November," the Palace said in a statement.

"Their Majesties the King and Queen wish to express their great happiness at this joyful announcement.

Felipe, two metres (6 ft 7 ins) tall, dark, dashing and blue eyed, married elegant divorcee Ortiz in a fairytale wedding that symbolised a new dawn for Spain just over two months after the tragic March 11 Madrid train bombings.

Spain had been gripped by Letizia fever ever since the couple announced their engagement in November 2003, and since the glittering wedding pictures of the newly-weds have dominated the covers of Spanish magazines.

After Sunday's announcement, all national media immediately switched to blanket coverage of the royal pregnancy, with state radio broadcasting full biographies of Felipe and Letizia to the sound of romantic piano music.

If the couple were to have a girl, she could be the first Spanish princess to have the same right as a boy to accede to the throne, under a plan announced by the Socialist government in March.

While not banning women from the throne as Japan does, Spain gives precedence to the male line. The government is seeking an opinion on a possible change to the rule from the State Council -- a body made up of elder statesmen, former ministers, judges and civil servants.

There is no suggestion that Felipe would step aside in favour of his two older sisters, but a change would affect his children.

Felipe's elder sisters Elena and Cristina have five children between them -- four of them boys -- and one on the way.

At the official announcement of his engagement, Felipe was asked how many children he wanted. "Well, we can't say with complete certainty. The intention is perhaps more than two and fewer than five," he answered, to the apparent astonishment of his fiancee.


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This news is very good news! I'm happy for the Princely couple and the Spanish Royal family :)

It seems that right now almost all of the royal houses in Europe are expecting the stork to arrive!
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Schumacher and Alonso congratulated King Juan Carlos in Montmeló, after the public announcement of the pregnancy of Princess Letizia.

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It's so wonderful she announces on Mother's Day.Letizia would be a great mother.
Here in Portugal, Mother's day is on the first Sunday of May (so it was last weekend). I guess in Spain is the same... could anyone from there tell us for sure?
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Here in Portugal, Mother's day is on the first Sunday of May (so it was last weekend). I guess in Spain is the same... could anyone from there tell us for sure?
It's the same in Spain--Mother's Day was last week.
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Thanks, Lucys, I thought so...

Another video about the announcement, from Antena 3:
http://www.antena3.com/a3n2004/servl...=si&id=9312694
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Congratulations Letizia & Felipe.
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YAHOO!! I'm just soo happy for this lovely couple! I wish them a healthy pregnancy and baby!
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Princess Letizia of Spain Is Pregnant


Princess Letizia of Spain, Wife of Crown Prince Felipe, Is Pregnant; Baby Due in November


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MADRID, Spain May 8, 2005 — Princess Letizia of Spain is pregnant and expecting to give birth in November to a baby that could become the second in line to the Spanish thrown, the palace said on Sunday.

Letizia, who married Crown Prince Felipe in a lavish ceremony on May 22, 2004, at Madrid's Almudena cathedral, will deliver the baby in Madrid, a palace spokesman said.

The baby will be second in line of succession to the throne after 37-year-old Felipe, who is King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia's only son and third child. However if it is a girl, she would come after any sons that Felipe and Letizia might have in the future.

The Spanish constitution states that the eldest male is automatically heir to the throne even if he has an older sister.



Ever since the royal wedding, the Spanish gossip press have been watching for signs that the 33-year-old princess was pregnant.

The announcement comes two weeks before Felipe and Letizia celebrate their first wedding anniversary.

Letizia and Felipe surprised Spain on Nov. 1, 2003, by announcing their engagement. Few knew that the heir to the Spanish throne had been dating a woman who was one of the country's best-known television personalities, a divorcee without royal or aristocratic links.

The tall, dashing prince met Letizia, a former TV anchorwoman, at a dinner party in late 2002 and they started dating secretly the following spring.

The Spanish royal family enjoys wide respect, with King Juan Carlos revered for his role in ushering in democracy after the death of Gen. Francisco Franco in 1975 and putting down an attempted coup in 1981.

Felipe's sister, Princess Cristina, the second daughter of Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, is also pregnant and expected to have her fourth child at the beginning of the summer.
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Wonderful news for Felipe and Letizia. Im thinking there will be alot of press for their trip which starts tomorrow. Lots of photos to look forward to (And also Letizia has to get her self some new clothes so we dont have to risk seeing that grey suit she has used a gazillion times already anytime soon.... )

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Congratulations Letizia & Felipe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hohoho....i was right abt the pregnancy!!!! yeah~~!!!!!!! so many royal babies coming~!!!!!!!!!
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Congratulations!!!!!!!! Lots of love for the new baby!!! I'm very very very glad for Felipe and Letizia!!

What great news in this Mother's Day! Oh, and very happy Mother's day for all the mothers on TRF! :)
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So, she get pregnant after her trip to brazil?
Since the child is expected in November, we can conclude it was conceived in February (the trip to Brazil took place between 22nd and 27th February)... so it's probable we have a made in Brazil baby, for the great joy of our Anna_R... :p
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do u think that the crown princess's grandfather knew that she is pregnant with Spain's future heir before he passed away? if he knew...i guess he has no regret in his life~!
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From the BBC Website:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4526969.stm

Spain's future queen is pregnant



Spain's media is giving blanket coverage to the news

Princess Letizia, the future Queen of Spain, is three months pregnant with her first child, the Royal Palace has announced.

Letizia Ortiz, 32, married Crown Prince Felipe, 37, in May last year, shortly after the Madrid train bombings.

The baby, due in November, will be second in line to the throne after the prince, who is King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia's only son.

The palace said the King and Queen wish "to express their great happiness".

Constitution change

If the child is a girl, she will be in line to the throne after any sons that Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia might have in the future.

Under the Spanish constitution, the eldest male automatically succeeds, even if he has an older sister.

However, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has pledged to change the law, saying it discriminates against female royals.

SPANISH ROYAL COUPLE

Letizia Ortiz, 32, divorced and former TV anchorwoman
Crown Prince Felipe, 37, heir to throne
Letizia Ortiz first ever commoner in line to be queen
First Spanish-born future queen in a century



The couple took Spain by surprise when they announced their engagement in November 2003.

The crown prince's romance with a woman who was a well-known television presenter and a divorcee had been kept a secret.

They had met at a dinner party during the previous year. King Carlos said the pregnancy was "great news".

Prince Felipe's sister, Princess Cristina, the second daughter of King Carlos and Queen Sofia, is also pregnant and expected to have her fourth child at the beginning of the summer.
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Congratulations !

Congratulations to the Crown Prince Felipe and Crown Princess Letizia!!! They can be relieved now since they were under enormous pressure to continue the bloodline.
It is nice to see all these modern royal couples REALLY HAPPY, because their marriages are true unions of souls, but not duty and obligations.
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exciting news!!!
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And from CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe....ap/index.html

Spain's future queen is pregnant



Sunday, May 8, 2005 Posted: 7:18 AM EDT (1118 GMT)


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The announcement comes two weeks before Felipe and Letizia celebrate their first wedding anniversary.


MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Spain's future queen, Princess Letizia, is pregnant and expects to give birth in November, the palace said on Sunday.

Letizia, a former TV anchorwoman who married Crown Prince Felipe in a lavish ceremony on May 22 last year at Madrid's Almudena cathedral, will deliver the baby in Madrid, a palace spokesman said.

"The Prince and Princess of Asturias are delighted to announce they are expecting the birth of their first child next November," the palace said in a statement.

"Their Majesties the King and Queen wish to express their great happiness at this joyful announcement.

The baby will be second in line of succession to the throne after 37-year-old Felipe, who is King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia's only son and third child.

However if it is a girl, she would come after any sons that Felipe and Letizia might have in the future.

The Spanish constitution states that the eldest male is automatically heir to the throne even if he has an older sister.

However, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has announced his intention to reform the constitution, including changing the rules of succession for the Spanish royals as he considers that the current wording discriminates against women.

A reform is currently being studied but there is no word of when or if it will come into force during the current government which finishes in 2008.

Ever since the royal wedding, the Spanish gossip press has been eagerly watching for signs that the 33-year-old princess was pregnant. News of the pregnancy constantly interrupted the Sunday programming on radio and TV.

King Juan Carlos, who is in Barcelona to watch Sunday's Formula One Spanish Grand Prix, was asked live on TV about the upcoming birth of his seventh grandchild, who he said won't be treated in special way.

"It'll be another grandchild who has to be treated the same way as the others," a happy king said. "It's great news."

The announcement comes two weeks before Felipe and Letizia celebrate their first wedding anniversary.

The couple surprised Spain on November 1, 2003, by announcing their engagement. Few knew that the heir to the Spanish throne had been dating a woman who was one of the country's best-known television personalities, a divorcee without royal or aristocratic links.

Their wedding was a first royal wedding in Spain in 98 years and the first time in Spanish history that a commoner came in line to be queen.

The tall, dashing prince met Letizia, a former TV anchorwoman, at a dinner party in late 2002 and they started dating secretly the following spring.

The Spanish royal family enjoys wide respect, with King Juan Carlos revered for his role in ushering in democracy after the death of Gen. Francisco Franco in 1975 and putting down an attempted coup in 1981.

Felipe's sister, Princess Cristina, the second daughter of Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, is also pregnant and expected to have her fourth child at the beginning of the summer.
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I've been saying it this entire time; it's the water in Europe! :p

Congrats to the soon-to-be parents, family, and the Spanish people.
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Wow, there really is a baby boom. Congratulations to the couple. This is wonderful news. :)
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