In the last ten years, royal aficionados and bridal fashionistas have been treated to the spectacle of royal weddings as Europe’s royal families have welcomed new members to their senior ranks. There has been much comment on Catherine Middleton’s commoner roots, but a cursory look at the family trees of today’s royals on the European continent shows that the last decade has seen a proliferation of commoners marrying royalty. Here are the major royal weddings of the last decade where the heir of a reigning European monarch married a commoner.
RECENT MAJOR EUROPEAN ROYAL WEDDINGS
ROYAL WEDDING NUMBER FOUR: SPAIN
(2004) CROWN PRINCE FELIPE OF SPAIN AND LETIZIA ORTIZ
Crown Prince Felipe of Spain’s engagement to a well-known anchorwoman and journalist, Letizia Ortiz, caught many fellow Spaniards off guard. Letizia may have been a familiar face on television, but many wondered whether her divorced status and humble background might not be acceptable. Her maternal grandfather had been a cab driver and Letizia had been briefly married (civilly) to a teacher. But in the end, Felipe and Letizia were married in a lavish ceremony on May 22, 2004. For her wedding, Letizia wore a long-sleeved silk embroidered gown with a V-neck and high collar. Letizia is now the mother of two daughters, the Infantas Leonor and Sofia.