Looking back at the wedding of King Felipe and Queen Letizia

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On 1 November 2003, the engagement between the Prince of Asturias and journalist Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano was announced. The wedding took place on 22 May 2004 in the Almudena Cathedral at the Royal Palace of Madrid.

In the early hours of 22 May, a wreath of flowers from Felipe and Letizia was delivered to the Forest of Remembrance in memory of the victims of the 2004 Madrid train bombings.

The Archbishop of Madrid, Antonio María Rouco Varela, presided over the ceremony, which was watched on TV by 25 million people in Spain.

Letizia wore the Prussian tiara, which her soon-to-be mother-in-law had also worn for her wedding. Her wedding dress, designed by Manuel Pertegaz, was woven with Valencia silk and embroidered with silver and gold thread. It had long sleeves and a corolla-shaped neckline. It had a 4.5-metre-long train, which was embroidered with heraldic motifs. The veil was a gift from her husband. Her wedding shoes were made by Pura López. Meanwhile, the Prince of Asturias wore the Great Tag suit of the Army.

Upon her marriage, Letizia became entitled to the feminine of her husband’s titles, and she was primarily known as the Princess of Asturias until her father-in-law’s abdication in 2014. They have two daughters together.

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