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Spain’s heir to the throne Prince Felipe and his wife Princess Letizia are expecting their first baby. The news comes as the couple prepare to celebrate their first wedding anniversary later this month. A former television presenter, 32-year-old Letizia Ortiz is the first commoner in the history of Spain to be in line to be queen.

She is also a divorcee – which raised some eyebrows when she and her prince announced their engagement. Ever since, however, Spaniards have been gripped by Letizia fever and, after today’s news broke, national media switched to blanket coverage of the royal pregnancy.

When they got engaged, Felipe was asked by journalists how many children he wanted. “The intention is perhaps more than two and fewer than five,” he answered, to the apparent astonishment of his then fiancé. The new arrival will be another grandchild for King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia.

And, if it is a girl, she could be the first Spanish princess to have the same right as a boy to accede to the throne, under a plan announced by the Socialist government.