June 18 - Princess Letizia Ortiz becomes the country's first Spanish-born queen since 1879. Alicia Powell reports.
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From reporter to princess to queen.
Princess Letizia Ortiz will become Spain's new queen when her her husband, Prince Felipe of Spain is sworn in as King.
This follows the abdication of his father King Juan Carlos, who reigned for 39 years.
Ortiz met Prince Felipe while covering the Prestige oil tanker disaster in November 2002 and their engagement was announced a year later.
During the first few years of their marriage, she gained a reputation for self-confidence, style and good fashion.
However, Paloma Barrientos, a journalist who covers the royal family, says Ortiz has struggled to gain the affection of Spaniards, who often criticize her as being distant and cold.
SOUNDBITE: Paloma Barrientos, reporter, saying (Spanish):
"Spaniards are not very attracted to their Princess in the sense that, unlike Queen Sofia, she is not highly favored by polls because of her lack of closeness with people or because of that perception of pride that she gives. But now she has a very long road to show her ability."
On the streets of Madrid, some locals spoke fondly of Ortiz on the eve of her becoming queen.
SOUNDBITE: Angeles, Spain resident, saying (Spanish):
"She is a very well educated and responsible person and has very good advice from the Queen."
Ortiz will offically become Queen Letizia of Spain on June 18th.