King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary on 22 May, so we take a look back at their stunning wedding in 2004.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
Journalist Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano married the then Prince Felipe of Asturias, heir to the Spanish throne, on 22 May 2004 in the Almudena Cathedral at the Royal Palace of Madrid, Spain.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
She was accompanied by her proud father Jesus Ortiz to wed her Prince.Embed from Getty Images
The bride arrived at 11:12 in the morning to the Almudena Cathedral in a Rolls-Royce Phantom IV, instead of on foot as planned, due to the persistent, intense rain.
The wedding was presided over by the Archbishop of Madrid, Antonio María Rouco Varela, and was watched by 25 million people in Spain alone.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
For her wedding day, Letizia wore The Prussian Tiara, an empire-style tiara in platinum and diamonds, which Queen Sofia (Prince Felipe’s mother) had worn on her wedding day to King Juan Carlos in 1962.Embed from Getty Images
Letizia’s wedding dress was designed by Spanish fashion designer Manuel Pertegaz (1917-2014). The gown was white woven with Valencia silk, tight around the waist, with long sleeves, a neckline in the shape of a corolla, a wide skirt, long tail embroidered with heraldic motifs, and embroidered with silver and gold threads.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
The nuptial cloak was a gift from Prince Felipe to Letizia; with a triangular shape, three meters long by two wide, of natural silk tulle in ivory white with scrolls and hand-embroidered wreaths, which mixed the fleur-de-lis and the spike, details from the Prince of Asturias crest.Embed from Getty Images
The shoes were made by Spanish shoe designer Pura Lopez.Embed from Getty Images
After the religious ceremony, the newlyweds took a tour by car through the streets of Madrid escorted by the Motorcycle Section of the Royal Guard.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
The newlyweds went to the Basilica of Our Lady of Atocha, where the new Princess of Asturias deposited the bridal bouquet before the image of the Virgin of Atocha, a traditional patron of Spanish royalty.Embed from Getty Images
After the tour of Madrid, the Prince and Princess of Asturias went to the Royal Palace for the bridal banquet.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
In the banquet, King Juan Carlos and Prince Felipe gave speeches.Embed from Getty Images
Prince Felipe delivered a touching speech to his new wife. “I am a happy man because I have fulfilled my most precious dream. I have married the woman I love”.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
Royal families around the world attended the wedding, including 36 royal houses and heads of state, including Queen Margrethe of Denmark and her husband, late Prince Henrik; the King and Queen of Norway, Harald and Sonja; Prince Albert of Monaco; Charles, The Prince of Wales, and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.Embed from Getty Images
Queen Margrethe of Denmark and late Prince Henrik.Embed from Getty Images
Norwegian King Harald V and Queen Sonja.Embed from Getty Images
Queen Rania of Jordan.
In accordance with morning-wedding protocol, most of the ladies wore short dresses and a hat or fascinator.Embed from Getty Images
Máxima and Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.Embed from Getty Images
Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia with Crown Princess Victoria.
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