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Letizia Ortiz: Spain's Queen-To-Be Another Kate Middleton?

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In this May 22. 2014 photo, Prince Felipe of Spain and Princess Letizia of Spain celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary visiting the El Greco exhibition at the Santa Cruz museum in Toledo, Spain.

By    |   Tuesday, 03 Jun 2014 07:27 AM

Letizia Ortiz, a former journalist who's married to Spain's Prince Felipe de Borbon, is the country's new queen-to-be and the comparisons to Britain's Kate Middleton are sure to get fierce.

King Juan Carlos announced his abdication on Monday, which will allow his son Prince Felipe, 46, to become king, according to the Daily Mail, but much of the social focus has been on his stylish 41-year-old wife.

"She's the slim, chic brunette from a modest background who became a princess," wrote Katy Winter of the Daily Mail. "Remind you of anyone? Now, Spain's own Kate Middleton, Princess Letizia – one of Europe's most glamorous royals – is to become a queen."

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Like Kate Middleton, Spain's future queen is a commoner with no noble blood. Ortiz had worked for CNN and Bloomberg and won the Madrid Press Association's Larra Award for most accomplished journalist under 30, according to the Daily Beast. She was embedded with a unit of fighters during the Iraq War and reported live from the frontlines, according to the website.

The Los Angeles Times noted that there is already a blog dedicated to Ortiz's style at princessletiziaswardrobe.wordpress.com.

"Not surprisingly, there has been interest in Letizia's wardrobe since the wedding, during which she wore a long-sleeve lace gown with a striking high collar by classical Spanish designer Manuel Pertegaz," wrote the Times' Booth Moore. "In general, Letizia is fond of the same sort of under-the-radar, anti-flash that made Vogue dub Kate the 'Duchess of Normcore.' Also like Kate, she is a repeat-wearer."

Ortiz, though, has been a lightning rod for controversy in Spain, noted The Daily Beast. She was divorced before marrying Prince Felipe and a cousin charged in a book that she had a secret abortion when she was young – things that has hardly sat well in strongly Catholic Spain.

Ortiz and her family gained public sympathy in 2007 after the death of her sister, who reportedly died of a prescription drugs overdose. Ortiz was pregnant with her second child with Prince Felipe when the death occurred. Her sister had worked as a literary agent at the time of her death.

King Juan Carlos has been king for 39 years.

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