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Why Queen Letizia Should Be Your Other Royal Obsession

Sep 15 2014 - 10:45am

Following King Felipe VI's coronation [1] this past Summer, all eyes were on his other half, the queen. Since then, the world has been getting to know more about Queen Letizia [2], and this week, she's celebrating her 42nd birthday. To celebrate, we're breaking down five reasons she's captured international attention. Keep reading to learn why the commoner-turned-queen should become yet another royal girl crush.

Source: Getty / Andreas Rentz [3]

She Was Kate Before Kate

A commoner-turned-princess with great hair? Sounds familiar! Years before Kate Middleton made headlines as Prince William's bride, Queen Letizia was a Spanish commoner who sparked plenty of buzz with her royal relationship. After Letizia divorced her first husband, a teacher and journalist, in 1999, she met King Felipe VI. It was 2002, and she met him while she was on assignment as a journalist, busy covering an oil spill. (And what do you think: Who wins the royal fashion faceoff [4]?)

Source: Getty / Carlos Alvarez, Max Mumby [5]

She's Got the Brains

Queen Letizia has quite the résumé! Before she became a royal, the queen earned a bachelor's degree and a licentiate's degree in sciences of the information at the Complutense University of Madrid. Later, she also received her master's degree in audiovisual journalism. After working at a few different publications and networks, she eventually became a morning news anchor for one of Spain's most popular programs, reporting live from NYC following the 9/11 attacks.

Source: Getty / Lalo Yasky [6]

She's a Loving Mom

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia tied the knot in May 2004 at the Cathedral Santa Maria la Real de la Almudena in Madrid. A year later, they welcomed their first daughter, Princess Leonor, and in 2007, Princess Sofía was born.

Source: Getty / Handout [7]

She's Got the Beauty

Is it just us, or does she bear a striking resemblance to Angelina Jolie [8]? It's safe to say that if there's ever a movie about Queen Letizia, she could definitely be played by the A-list actress.

Source: Getty / Carlos R. Alvarez, Dave J Hogan [9]

Seriously, She Looks Just Like Angelina Jolie

Let's just drive that point home, shall we?

Source: Getty / JUANJO MARTIN, Eamonn M. McCormack [10]

She's Officially Spain's Queen

With King Felipe VI's coronation [11] over the Summer, Queen Letizia became the first commoner to grace the Spanish throne.

Source: Getty / Andreas Rentz [12]

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