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Famous Ovetenses: Princess Letizia of Spain

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The future Queen of Spain is a carbayón. The beautiful and glamorous Letizia, Princess of Asturias, was born in Oviedo in 1972 and married Prince Felipe in 2004. And when he ascends to the throne, she will become the first Spanish Queen who was born a commoner.

El saludo de Letizia

That’s right! Letizia’s just peeps like you and me. Before her fairytale engagement and marriage to Felipe, she was a heavyweight journalist, who reported live from places like Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks, and became the anchor of Spain’s most watched news program. Her tough journalistic chops won the Prince’s heart. Well that, and that she’s freaking hot. That probably played a part, too.

So, when she accompanied Prince Felipe to Oviedo for the Principe de Asturias Awardsi this year, it was a homecoming. I wonder if her old school chums bowed and addressed her by her full royal title: Her Royal Highness Doña Letizia, Princess of Asturias, Princess of Viana, Princess of Girona, Montblanc, Countess of Cervera and Lady of Balaguer. That’s a mouthful.

“God look, there’s Letizia… remember when we used to call her ‘Stinkyfoot’?”
“Shh! Here she comes!”
“Good evening, m’lady! All hail Her Royal Highness Doña Letizia, Princess of Ast… psst she gone yet?”
“Yes. She must really think she’s really something else.”
“All hail Princess Stinkyfoot!”
“Hee-hee!”

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Hotel de la Reconquista

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Oviedo’s most famous and luxurious hotel was built over 250 years ago as an orphanage and hospital for the city. But the altruism has long since faded, and the huge building has gone from caring for the city’s most poor and downtrodden, to catering to the rich and famous.

Luxury Hotel Asturias

If a well-known actor or foreign dignitary is visiting Oviedo, it’s even money that they’re staying in the Hotel de la Reconquista, the most exclusive 5-star joint in the city. The hotel serves as the seat for the Prince of Asturias Awards, when Oviedo is invaded by Spain’s most famous intellects, scientists, athletes and royalty.

As you’d expect, the Reconquista is gorgeous. Most striking is the massive coat of arms in the center of the facade. There are a couple impressive interior patios, such as the 900 square meter Patio de la Reina, where evening cocktails are served.

The price aren’t really as terrifying as might be expected, starting from about €145 for a double room. But if you’re a classy gentlemen, for whom only the fanciest rooms possible will do, you might want to look at the Suite Real, at just over €1500 per night. Come on, you can afford it, can’t you? Look at you, fancy man, of course you can!

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October 19, 2010 at 2:54 pm Comment (1)
Famous Ovetenses: Princess Letizia of Spain The future Queen of Spain is a carbayn. The beautiful and glamorous Letizia, Princess of Asturias, was born in Oviedo in 1972 and married Prince Felipe in 2004. And when he ascends to the throne, she will become the first Spanish Queen who was born a commoner.
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