There is excitement in Spain at the birth of a possible future Queen. Leonor was born to Princess Letizia and Crown Prince Felipe. Both daughter and mother are said to be doing fine. The baby came more than three weeks early and weighed three and a half kilos. She is second in line to the throne.
The prince said: “This is the nicest thing that can happen to anyone in life. The princess and I are absolutely thrilled.” Naturally his parents, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia are also delighted. Asked by a reporter which parent Leonor most resembled, the monarch said she was too young to tell. The birth seems certain to intensify calls for the constitution to be changed in order to give women the same right as men to inherit the throne.
Under the current law, if Felipe and Letizia later had a boy, he would be next in the line of succession, displacing Leonor. Most Spanish politicians are in favour of the reform. The baby comes 17 months after the glittering wedding of the crown prince and Letizia Ortiz, who was already well known as a television presenter.