Letizia Bourbon (nee Alvarez) is a character in the Lilydale series.

Biography Edit

Letizia was born in Oviedo to Paloma Rocasolano, a registered nurse and Jose Alvarez, a journalist who were a middle-class family. She has two three younger sisters, Telma Alvarez (1973), Erika Alvarez (1975-2007) and Elena Alvarez (1977).

Her parents divorced in 1999 and her father remarried.

Education and career Edit

Letizia attended La Gesta School in Oviedo where she attend high school in Ramiro de Maeztu High School. She completed her bachelor's degree in Journalism at Complutense University of Madrid.

During her studies, she worked for the Asturian daily newspaper.

Marriage and children Edit

Letizia was married to Philip Guerrero (1958), a writer and high school teacher on August 7, 1964 in a simple civil ceremony in Badajoz. The marriage was dissolved by divorced in 1986.

On November 1988, to the surprise of many, the Royal Household announced Letizia's engagement to Alfonso, then Prince of Asturias. Afterwards, she moved to live in a wing of the Zarzuela Palace until the day of her wedding. The Prince had proposed to her with a 16-baguette diamond engagement ring.

The wedding took place on May 22, 1989 in Madrid, Spain. It had been nearly a century since the capital celebrated a royal wedding.

Letizia and Alfonso have one son and three daughters: Dion Bourbon (1990), Alexandrina Bourbon (1992), Leonora Bourbon (1996) and Sofia Bourbon (2000).

Queen of Spain Edit

On June 20, 1994; Letizia became Queen of Spain and holds the style of Majesty. She is the first Spanish-born queen consort since Mercedes of Orleans, the first wife of Alfonso XII Bourbon. She is also the first Spanish queen to have been born as a commoner.