Spain's new King Felipe aims to inspire his people

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Spain's new King Felipe aims to inspire his people
Spain’s newly crowned King Felipe VI, right, talks to Spanish Princess Leonor, left, as they review troops at the Parliament in Madrid, Spain, Thursday June 19, 2014. Felipe’s father Juan Carlos, who reigned for four decades, stepped down after signing an abdication law Wednesday so that younger royal blood can rally a country beset by economic problems, including an unemployment rate of 25 percent. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Spain's Queen Letizia, centre, waves as she arrives with his husband Spain's newly crowned King Felipe VI, left, at the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, June 19, 2014. Felipe's father Juan Carlos, who reigned during four decades, stepped down after signing an abdication law Wednesday so that younger royal blood can rally a country beset by economic problems, including an unemployment rate of 25 percent. (AP Photo/Sergio Barrenechea, Pool)
Spain’s newly crowned King Felipe VI and his wife Spain's Queen Letizia wave to the crowd on a balcony of the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain, on Thursday, June 19, 2014. Felipe is being formally proclaimed monarch Thursday after 76-year-old King Juan Carlos abdicated so that younger royal blood can rally a country beset by economic problems, including an unemployment rate of 25 percent. Felipe swore an oath at a ceremony with lawmakers in Parliament in front of Spain's 18th-century crown and 17th-century scepter. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Spain’s newly crowned King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia ride in an open-top Rolls Royce through the streets of Madrid, Spain, Thursday June 19, 2014. Felipe’s father Juan Carlos, who reigned during four decades, stepped down after signing an abdication law Wednesday so that younger royal blood can rally a country beset by economic problems, including an unemployment rate of 25 percent. (AP Photo/Paul White)
People wave Spanish flags as Spain’s newly crowned King Felipe VI and his wife Spain's Queen Letizia wave from a balcony of the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain, on Thursday, June 19, 2014. Spain's new King Felipe VI was proclaimed monarch at a formal ceremony in the country's Parliament on Thursday, a deliberately low-key occasion for austere times and tarnished royal reputations. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Spain’s newly crowned King Felipe VI, third right, his father Juan Carlos, right, his mother Sofia, left, his wife Spain's Queen Letizia, third left, and his daughters Spain's Princess Leonor, second right, and Spain's Princess Sofia, second left, wave from a balcony of the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain, Thursday June 19, 2014. Felipe's father Juan Carlos, who reigned for four decades, stepped down after signing an abdication law Wednesday so that younger royal blood can rally a country beset by economic problems, including an unemployment rate of 25 percent. (AP Photo/Javier Lizon, Pool)
Spain's newly crowned King Felipe VI, centre left, and his wife Spain's Queen Letizia, centre right, attend with other Spanish political representatives a swearing-in ceremony at the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, June 19, 2014. Felipe's father Juan Carlos, who reigned during four decades, stepped down after signing an abdication law Wednesday so that younger royal blood can rally a country beset by economic problems, including an unemployment rate of 25 percent. (AP Photo/Paco Campos, Pool)
Spain’s newly crowned King Felipe VI rides in an open-top Rolls Royce through the streets of Madrid, Spain, Thursday June 19, 2014. Felipe’s father Juan Carlos, who reigned during four decades, stepped down after signing an abdication law Wednesday so that younger royal blood can rally a country beset by economic problems, including an unemployment rate of 25 percent. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Spain's King Felipe VI, fourth from left, swears-in his charge during a ceremony at the Spanish Parliament, on Thursday, June 19, 2014. Felipe is being formally proclaimed monarch Thursday after 76-year-old King Juan Carlos abdicated so that younger royal blood can rally a country beset by economic problems, including an unemployment rate of 25 percent. Felipe was to swear an oath at a ceremony with lawmakers in Parliament in front of Spain's 18th-century crown and 17th-century scepter. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
Spain’s newly crowned King Felipe VI,centre, and Spanish Princess Leonor, left, review troops at the Parliament in Madrid, Spain, Thursday June 19, 2014. Felipe’s father Juan Carlos, who reigned during four decades, stepped down after signing an abdication law Wednesday so that younger royal blood can rally a country beset by economic problems, including an unemployment rate of 25 percent. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Spanish Princess Sofia, right, Spanish Princess Leonor, second left, walk next to Queen Letizia, left, as they arrive to the Parliament in Madrid, Spain, Thursday June 19, 2014. King Felipe’s father Juan Carlos, who reigned for four decades, stepped down after signing an abdication law Wednesday so that younger royal blood can rally a country beset by economic problems, including an unemployment rate of 25 percent. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
A huge photo of Spain’s newly crowned King Felipe VI and his wife Spain's Queen Letizia hangs on the council building in Madrid, Spain, on Thursday, June 19, 2014. Felipe is being formally proclaimed monarch Thursday after 76-year-old King Juan Carlos abdicated so that younger royal blood can rally a country beset by economic problems, including an unemployment rate of 25 percent. Felipe was to swear an oath at a ceremony with lawmakers in Parliament in front of Spain's 18th-century crown and 17th-century scepter. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
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By HAROLD HECKLE and BARRY HATTON

MADRID (AP) -- Taking the Spanish throne on Thursday, King Felipe VI sought to inspire his beleaguered countrymen amid troubled economic times and lift patriotic spirits a day after the national team's humbling exit from the World Cup.

"We are a great nation. Let us believe and trust in ourselves," Felipe said at his swearing-in ceremony.

Felipe, 46, became monarch after his father Juan Carlos announced his surprise decision to abdicate. The 76-year-old said he was stepping aside after a four-decade reign so younger royal blood could energize the country.

Felipe, and Spain, face plenty of problems. The country is struggling to shrug off a double-dip recession and drive down its 26 percent jobless rate. Scandals have tarnished the royal family and fueled campaigns to abolish the monarchy, while influential groups in some Spanish regions continue to push hard for independence.

Appearing self-assured in a dark military dress uniform, Felipe sought to draw a line under Spain's recent past, promising "a reinvigorated monarchy for new times."

Felipe made clear that he intends to restore public trust in the monarchy.

"Today, more than ever, the people rightly demand our public lives be guided by ... moral and ethical principles," he told lawmakers, who shouted "Viva el Rey (Long live the king)!"

Saying he felt the suffering of those whose living standards were hurt by the economic crisis, Felipe urged Spaniards to shun resignation and unleash their ambitions. He said finding jobs for the unemployed was "a priority for society and the government."

In an oblique reference to separatist groups, Felipe insisted, "We all have our place in this diverse Spain." He ended his speech by saying "thank you" in three regional Spanish languages - Catalan, Basque and Galician - where independence movements are strongest.

Thousands of people lined the streets of Madrid streets as Felipe and Queen Letizia drove from parliament to the royal palace in an open-topped Rolls-Royce, waving to the crowds. The royal couple's daughters, Princesses Leonor, 8, and Sofia, 7, accompanied them for most of the day.

Authorities prohibited a demonstration by groups seeking to abolish the monarchy.

The cheering crowds and pageantry provided a welcome distraction as Spaniards reeled from the embarrassment of the national team's shock defeat by Chile in the World Cup, which ended Spanish hopes of winning a second consecutive title.

Felipe's inaugural speech came at a ceremony in the country's parliament, where the 18th-century Spanish crown and 17th-century scepter were on display. Later, a reception for 2,000 guests at the royal place featured finger foods instead of an elaborate banquet, a deliberately modest touch that acknowledged the financial hardships being endured by many Spaniards.

Juan Carlos, who for most of his reign was held in high esteem for helping steer Spain from a military dictatorship to democracy, drew fierce criticism when he went on a luxurious elephant-hunting safari in Africa two years ago while many Spaniards were losing their jobs.

In another scandal, Juan Carlos' youngest daughter, Princess Cristina, testified this year in the fraud and money-laundering case engulfing her husband, Inaki Urdangarin.

Spain's new King Felipe aims to inspire his people
SEVILLE, SPAIN - MAY 20: Princess Letizia of Spain attends a dinner with members of Sevilla Businessmen Confederation on May 20, 2014 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 30: Princess Letizia of Spain visits the Maria Moliner school on April 30, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
TOLEDO, SPAIN - MAY 22: Princess Letizia of Spain poses for the press on the 10th anniversary of their wedding during a visit to the art exhibition 'El Greco' on May 22, 2014 in Toledo, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
SAN MILLAN DE LA COGOLLA, SPAIN - MAY 28: Princess Letizia of Spain attends the inauguration of the IX International Seminary about Language and Communication Media 'El Espanol del Futuro en el Periodsimo de HoyÓ at the Monastery of Yuso on May 28, 2014 in San Millan de la Cogolla, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
SAN MILLAN DE LA COGOLLA, SPAIN - MAY 28: Princess Letizia of Spain attends the inauguration of the IX International Seminary about Language and Communication Media 'El Espanol del Futuro en el Periodsimo de Hoy' at the Monastery of Yuso on May 28, 2014 in San Millan de la Cogolla, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 22: In this handout image supplied by Casa de S.M. el Rey, Their Royal Highnesses, Prince Felipe of Spain and Princess Letizia of Spain pose for a photograph with their daughters the Princesses Leonor and Sofia on May 22, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. Prince Felipe of Spain and Princess Letizia of Spain celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. (Photo by Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotografos via Getty Images)
SEVILLE, SPAIN - MAY 27: Princess Letizia of Spain and Maria Jose Sanchez Rubio, Health Counselor of Andalusia region attend the AECC Scientific Foundation Annual Symposium at the Biomedicine Institute of Seville (IBIS) on May 27, 2014 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Niccolo Guasti/Getty Images)
SEVILLE, SPAIN - MAY 20: Princess Letizia of Spain attends a dinner with members of Sevilla Businessmen Confederation on May 20, 2014 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 08: Princess Letizia of Spain attends audiences at Zarzuela Palace on May 8, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 30: Princess Letizia of Spain visits the Maria Moliner school on April 30, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 30: Princess Letizia of Spain visits the Maria Moliner school on April 30, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 22: Princess Letizia of Spain attends the lunch in ocassion of the '2013 Cervantes Award' at the Royal Palace on April 22, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Jose Luis Cuesta Pool/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 22: Princess Letizia of Spain attends the lunch in ocassion of the '2013 Cervantes Award' at the Royal Palace on April 22, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Jose Luis Cuesta Pool/Getty Images)
Spain's Princess Letizia (R) waves to the crowd after the traditional Mass of Resurrection in Palma de Mallorca on April 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JAIME REINA (Photo credit should read JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images)
Prince Felipe of Spain and Princess Letizia of Spain during the imposition of the Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit to the Spanish Paralympic swimmer Maria Teresa Perales at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, Spain on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)
Princess Letizia of Spain during an audience with a representation of coordinators of the event: 'Women connected' at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, Spain, Friday, March 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)
Princess Letizia of Spain gesticulates during the delivering of 'Social Solidarity' Medals 2012 at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, Spain. Tuesday Jan. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)
Miami Dade College President Eduard Padron, left, leaves the stage with Spain's Crown Prince Felipe and his wife, Princess Letizia of Asturias, as they celebrated 500 years of Spanish influence in Florida, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at Miami's historic Freedom Tower. The prince and princess presented the Juan Ponce de Leon 500th Anniversary award to Padron for the educator's efforts to preserve Hispanic heritage in Florida and across the United States. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
Princess Letizia of Spain attends the 1st International Conference on Gender Violence aperture at Fundacion Canal in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday November 05, 2013. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)
Spain's Crown Prince Felipe, left, and Princess Letizia Ortiz, right, during the reception for the laureates with the Prince of Asturias Prize in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday Oct. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)
Princess Letizia of Spain attends the closing ceremony of 'Spain Startup & Investor Summit' at Mutua Madrilena Auditorium in Madrid, Spain. Friday Oct. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)
Spain's Princess Letizia leaves after attending the opening ceremony of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session at Colon Theater in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. Madrid, Istanbul and Tokyo are competing to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Princess Letizia of Spain attends the closing ceremony of 'Spain Startup & Investor Summit' at Mutua Madrilena Auditorium in Madrid, Spain. Friday Oct. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)
Spain's Crown Prince Felipe and and Princess Letizia leave after Madrid's 2020 final presentation in 125 IOC session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. Madrid has been eliminated as a host city for the 2020 Olympics, leaving Tokyo and Istanbul to advance to the final round. Madrid initially tied with Istanbul as an also-ran in the voting by the International Olympic Committee. Istanbul won the tiebreak vote 49-45. The winner will now be determined in a second-round vote between the Japanese and Turkish cities.(AP Photo/Ivan Fernandez)
Spanish Crown Prince Felipe, Princess Letizia and Alejandro Blanco, president of the Madrid 2020 Bid Committee, right, followed by delegates, arrive for a meeting with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge at the Hilton Hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sept. 6, 2013. During the Sept. 4-10 IOC Executive Board meetings in Buenos Aires, members will elect the host city for the 2020 Summer Olympics Games, with candidates being Madrid, Istanbul and Tokyo, as well as choose a new IOC president and add a sport to the 2020 program. (AP Photo/Alexander Hassenstein, Pool)
Princess Letizia of Spain attends several audiences at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday July 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)
Princess Letizia of Spain and Prince Felipe of Spain attend several audiences at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday July 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)
Princess Letizia of Spain attends several audiences at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday July 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)
Princess Letizia of Spain attend audiences with several Latin American' students at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, Spain, Thursday July 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)
Princess Letizia of Spain and Prince Felipe of Spain attend audiences with several Latin American' students at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, Spain, Thursday July 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)
Princess Letizia of Spain and Prince Felipe of Spain visit 'Sierra de Guadarrama' recently designated as 'National Park' in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday July 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)
Princess Letizia of Spain visits 'Sierra de Guadarrama' recently designated as 'National Park' in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday July 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)
Princess Letizia of Spain attends the 'Buero' Theater Awards 2013 at the Valle Inclan Theater in Madrid, Spain, Monday July 08, 2013. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)
Princess Letizia of Spain (centre) attends the 'Buero' Theater Awards 2013 at the Valle Inclan Theater in Madrid, Spain, Monday July 08, 2013. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)
Princess Letizia of Spain attends to the delivery of the Royal Military Dispatches of employment at 'Academia General Militar' in Zaragoza, Spain, Friday July 05, 2013. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)
Princess Letizia of Spain attends the 'Proyecto Promociona' presentation at the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality in Madrid, Spain, Monday July 01, 2013. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)
Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito, centre, Spain's Princess Letizia, left, and Spain's Crown Prince Felipe, right, pose for the photographers before a gala dinner at the Royal Palace in Madrid, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Crown Prince Felipe, second left, touches his ear as Spain's King Juan Carlos, third left, Princess Elena of Spain, left, Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito, third right, Spain's Spain's Princess Letizia, right, and Spain's Queen Sofia, second right, pose for the photographers during a meeting at the Zarzuela Palace, in Madrid, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Spain's Crown Prince Felipe, left, and Princess Letizia of Spain during the ceremony of Oath of Allegiance of civilians at Royal Guard in Madrid, Spain, Friday May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)
Spain's Crown Prince Felipe, left, and Princess Letizia of Spain during the ceremony of Oath of Allegiance of civilians at Royal Guard in Madrid, Spain, Friday May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)
Spain's Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia arrive at the Nieuwe Kerk or New Church in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, for the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander Tuesday April 30, 2013. Around a million people are expected to descend on the Dutch capital for a huge street party to celebrate the first new Dutch monarch in 33 years. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)
Spain's Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia arrive at the Nieuwe Kerk or New Church in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, for the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander Tuesday April 30, 2013. Around a million people are expected to descend on the Dutch capital for a huge street party to celebrate the first new Dutch monarch in 33 years. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, Pool)
In this May 21, 2004 file photo, Spain's Princess Cristina, centre and her husband Inaki Urdangarin arrive at The Pardo Palace on the outskirts of Madrid for a dinner for guests attending the wedding of Crown Prince Felipe and Letizia Ortiz. In an unprecedented court appearance on Saturday Feb. 8, 2014 for a direct descendent of a Spanish king, Princess Cristina will answer questions from a judge who has formally named her as a fraud and money laundering suspect. The case is a direct offshoot of one led by the same judge in an investigation of her husband Inaki Urdangarin for allegedly using his position as the Duke of Palma to embezzle public contracts via the Noos Institute, a supposedly nonprofit foundation he set up that channeled money to other businesses. Spain’s royal family just wants the case that has now dragged on for years to end rapidly so the monarchy can try to rebuild the trust it once had. (AP Photo/Paul White File)
Princess Letizia arrives for the Cervantes Prize award ceremony at the University of Alcala de Henares, Spain, on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. The Cervantes prize is the Spanish-speaking world's top literary honor. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
An insect flies near Spain's Princess Letizia during a photo call for the Prince of Asturias awards in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday Oct. 26, 2012. Spain's prestigious Asturias prize ceremony, presented by Crown Prince Felipe and granted each year in various categories will take place later Friday.(AP Photo/Juan Manuel Serrano)
Spain's Crown Prince Felipe de Borbon and wife Crown Princess Letizia arrive to La Compania de Jesus church in Quito, Ecuador, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. The Spanish royal couple are on a two-day official visit to Ecuador. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Spain's Crown Princess Letizia arrive for a tour of the Panama Canal expansion project, in Panama City, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. Spain's Crown Prince Felipe and his wife Letizia are on a two-day official visit to Panama. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
Spain's Crown Prince Felipe, second left, and his wife Crown Princess Letizia, left, attend a welcoming ceremony led by Panama's President Ricardo Martinelli, second right, and first lady Marta de Martinelli, right, at the presidential palace in Panama City, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. The Spanish royal couple are on a two-day official visit to Panama. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
In this photo taken August 1, 2012 and released by the Spanish Royal Palace on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, Spain's Princess Letizia poses in her official residence in Madrid. Spanish Princess Letizia celebrates her 40th birthday on September 15. (AP Photo/Spanish Royal Palace/Cristina Garcia Rodero)
In this photo taken August 1, 2012 and released by the Spanish Royal Palace Saturday Sept. 15, 2012, Spain's Princess Letizia poses in her official residence in Madrid. Spanish Princess Letizia celebrates her 40th birthday on September 15. (AP Photo/Spanish Royal Palace/Cristina Garcia Rodero)
In this photo taken on August 1, 2012 and released by the Spanish Royal Palace on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, Spain's Crown Prince Felipe, right, and Princess Letizia, left, pose with their daughters Sofia, 2nd left and Leonor, 2nd right in their official residence in Madrid. Spanish Princess Letizia celebrates her 40th birthday on September 15. (AP Photo/Spanish Royal Palace/Cristina Garcia Rodero)
Spain's Juan-Carlos Navarro, left, is embraced by Princess Letizia after Spain defeated Russia during a men's semifinals basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
In this photo taken on August 1, 2012 and released by the Spanish Royal Palace on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, Spain's Princess Letizia poses in her official residence in Madrid. Spanish Princess Letizia celebrates her 40th birthday on September 15. (AP Photo/Spanish Royal Palace/Cristina Garcia Rodero)
In this photo taken August 1, 2012 and released by the Spanish Royal Palace Saturday Sept. 15, 2012, Spain's Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia, right, pose with their daughters Sofia, left and Leonor, 2nd left in their official residence in Madrid. Spanish Princess Letizia celebrates her 40th birthday on September 15. (AP Photo/Spanish Royal Palace/Cristina Garcia Rodero)
In this photo taken August 1, 2012 and released by the Spanish Royal Palace Saturday Sept. 15, 2012, Spain's Crown Prince Felipe, right and Princess Letizia pose in their official residence in Madrid. Spanish Princess Letizia celebrates her 40th birthday on September 15. (AP Photo/Spanish Royal Palace/Cristina Garcia Rodero)
In this photo taken August 1, 2012 and released by the Spanish Royal Palace Saturday Sept. 15, 2012, Spain's Princess Letizia, right, poses with their daughters Leonor, left and Sofia in their official residence in Madrid. Spanish Princess Letizia celebrates her 40th birthday on September 15. (AP Photo/Spanish Royal Palace/Cristina Garcia Rodero)
In this photo taken August 1, 2012 and released by the Spanish Royal Palace Saturday Sept. 15, 2012, Spain's Crown Prince Felipe, right and Princess Letizia pose in their official residence in Madrid. Spanish Princess Letizia celebrates her 40th birthday on September 15. (AP Photo/Spanish Royal Palace/Cristina Garcia Rodero)
In this photo taken August 1, 2012 and released by Spanish Royal Palace Saturday Sept. 15, 2012, Spain's Princess Letizia poses in her official residence in Madrid. Spanish Princess Letizia celebrates her 40th birthday on September 15. (AP Photo/Spanish Royal Palace/Cristina Garcia Rodero)
In this photo taken August 1, 2012 and released by Spanish Royal Palace Saturday Sept. 15, 2012, Spain's Crown Prince Felipe, second left and Princess Letizia pose with their daughters Leonor, left and Sofia, right relax in their official residence in Madrid. Spanish Princess Letizia celebrates her 40th birthday on September 15. (AP Photo/Spanish Royal Palace/Cristina Garcia Rodero)
In this photo taken August 1, 2012 and released by Spanish Royal Palace Saturday Sept. 15, 2012, Spain's Crown Prince Felipe, right holds his daughter Leonor while Princess Letizia left, sits with their other daughter Sofia in their official residence in Madrid. Spanish Princess Letizia celebrates her 40th birthday on September 15. (AP Photo/Spanish Royal Palace/Cristina Garcia Rodero)
In this photo taken August 1, 2012 and released by the Spanish Royal Palace Saturday Sept. 15, 2012, Spain's Princess Letizia poses in her official residence in Madrid. Spanish Princess Letizia celebrates her 40th birthday on September 15. (AP Photo/Spanish Royal Palace/Cristina Garcia Rodero)
In this photo taken August 1, 2012 and released by the Spanish Royal Palace Saturday Sept. 15, 2012, Spain's Princess Letizia poses in her official residence in Madrid. Spanish Princess Letizia celebrates her 40th birthday on September 15. (AP Photo/Spanish Royal Palace/Cristina Garcia Rodero)
Fussball, Uefa, Europameisterschaft 2012 Polen/Ukraine, Vorrunde, Gruppe C, 1. Spieltag, Spanien - Italien, Sonntag (10.06.12), Arena Danzig, Danzig, Polen: Spaniens Prinz Felipe und Ehefrau Letizia betreten die Tribuene. (zu dapd-Text) Foto: Ronald Wittek/dapd
Spain's Princess Letizia smiles during a meeting with Spanish citizens living in Portugal at the Spanish ambassador's resident in Lisbon, Wednesday, May 30, 2012. Princess Letizia and her husband Crown Prince Felipe arrived Wednesday to Portugal for a three-day official visit. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala's wife, Nadine Heredia, left, talks with Spain's Princess Letizia, right, while they pose before a gala dinner at the Royal Palace, in Madrid on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Dominique Faget, pool)
Spain's Princess Letizia smiles during a reception for French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Royal Palace in Madrid Monday Jan. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul White, Pool)
Spain's Princess Letizia attends the Pascua Militar or annual Christmas Epiphany military parade at the Royal Palace, in Madrid, on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012.(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
Spain's Princess Letizia attends the official opening of Parliament, in Madrid, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
Spain's Princess Letizia, left Prince Felipe, 2nd left, Queen Sofia, 3rd left and King Juan Carlos wait for the arrival of Spain's government members at the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain Tuesday Dec. 13, 2011. Zapatero and his ministers lunched with Spain's Royal Family Tuesday.(AP Photo/Paul White, Pool)
Spain’s Princess Letizia atttends a honor dinner at the La Moneda government palace in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday Nov. 22 , 2011. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)
Spain’s crown Prince Felipe and his wife Princess Letizia, left, visit Chile's Senate, in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday Nov. 22 , 2011. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)
Spain’s crown Prince Felipe, right, speaks to his wife Princess Letizia, left, during a honor dinner at the La Moneda government palace in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday Nov. 22 , 2011. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)
Spain's Princess Letizia, center, talks with her daughters Princess Leonor, left, and Princess Sofia, right, before a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, Friday, Aug. 19, 2011. The Pontiff is in Madrid for a four-day visit on the occasion of the Catholic Church's World Youth Day. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
Spain's Princess Letizia, center, talks with her daughters Princess Leonor, left, and Princess Sofia, right, before a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, Friday, Aug. 19, 2011. The Pontiff is in Madrid for a four-day visit on the occasion of the Catholic Church's World Youth Day. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
Spaniens Kronprinzessin Letizia kommt am Donnerstag (30.06.11) in Hamburg zur Eroeffnung des Instituto Cervantes am Chilehaus an. Das Instituto Cervantes ist eine gemeinnuetzige, oeffentliche Einrichtung, die 1991 vom spanischen Staat zur Foerderung der spanischen Sprache und zur Verbreitung der hispano-amerikanischen Kultur gegruendet wurde. (zu dapd-Text) Foto: Philipp Guelland/dapd
Spain's Princess Letizia, right, and Jordan's King Abdullah chat with guests at the start of lunch at the Basman Royal Palace in Amman, Jordan, Wednesday April 13, 2011.(AP Photo/Darren Whiteside, pool)
Spain's Crown Prince Felipe, left, and his wife Princess Letizia visit the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Tuesday, April 12, 2011. The Prince and Princess are on a short visit to the region. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Spain's Crown Prince Felipe, center, rekindles the Eternal Flame at the Hall of Remembrance as his wife Princess Letizia, right, stands by him in the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, in Jerusalem, Monday, April 11, 2011. The Prince and Princess are on a short visit to the region. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, left, and Spain's Princess Letizia, right, caresses a dog during a visit to ONCE (The Spanish National Organization for the Blind) guide dog foundation in Boadilla del Monte, on the outskirts to Madrid, on Thursday, March 31, 2011. Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are on an official visit Spain. (AP Photo/Carlos Alvarez, Pool)
Spain's Princess Letizia, Bettina Wulff, Spain'´s King Juan Carlos, German President Christian Wulff, and Spain's Queen Sofia, pose for a picture before a lunch at the Zarzuela palace, on the outskirts of Madrid, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011.(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
Spain's Princess Letizia, left, and Prince Felipe, right, talk during the Pascua Militar annual Christmas military ceremony at the Royal Palace in Madrid on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011.(AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
From left, Spain's Princess Letizia, Prince Felipe, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia attend the Pascua Militar annual Christmas military parade at the Royal Palace in Madrid, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011.(AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Spain's Prince Felipe, right, and his wife Princess Letizia Ortiz attend a wreath laying ceremony in Lima, Peru, Tuesday Nov. 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
Princess Letizia smiles as she arrives at the Nautical club during the second day of competition of the 29th Copa del Rey Sailing Cup in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Manu Mielniezuk)
From left to right, Princess Letizia, Princess Leonor, Prince Felipe and Princess Sofia, pose for the media as they leave the Nautical club during the second day of competition of the 29th Copa del Rey Sailing Cup in Palma de Mallorca, Spain Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Manu Mielniezuk)
Crown Prince Felipe, left, and princess Letizia of Spain attend the World Cup group H soccer match between Spain and Switzerland at the stadium in Durban, South Africa, Wednesday, June 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Spain's Princess Letizia attends the annual awarding ceremony for the Eva Luise Koehler award for the research on rare diseases in Berlin, Germany, Monday, March 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Spain’s Princess Letizia, left, talks with Berlin's Mayor Klaus Wowereit, right, during her visit to Berlin on Monday, March 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Michael Gottschalk,pool)
Spain's Princess Letizia is seen during the 2009 Prince of Asturias award ceremony in Oviedo, Spain, Friday Oct. 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Juan Manuel Serrano)
Princess Letizia, left, shakes hands with Bolivia's President Evo Morales, right, with Spain's Crown Prince Felipe at center, in Madrid's Royal Palace prior to their gala dinner, Monday, Sept. 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Arturo Rodriguez)
Spanish Crown Prince Felipe,left, and his wife Princess Letizia gestures during a business forum in Bogota, Thursday, May 28, 2009. The royal couple is on a five-day visit to Colombia.(AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
Spain's Princess Letizia, center, poses for photographers with Princess Sofia, right, and Princess Leonor, left, before an Easter Mass at the Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Sunday, April 12, 2009. (AP Photo/Manu Mielniezuk)
Spain's Princess Letizia, left, poses for photographers with Princess Sofia, right, and Princess Leonor, center, before an Easter Mass at the Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Sunday, April 12, 2009. (AP Photo/Manu Mielniezuk)
Spain's Queen Sofia, center, Spain's Crown Prince Felipe, left, and Spain's Princess Letizia, right, pose with their daughters Sofia, bottom left, and Leonor, bottom right, before an Easter Mass at the Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Sunday, April 12, 2009. (AP Photo/Manu Mielniezuk)
Spanish Crown Felipe and Crown Princess Letizia examine a historical document during a visit to the New York Public Library Monday, March 16, 2009 in New York. They viewed a selection of treasured items from its collections, including the unique first Spanish edition (1493) of Christopher Columbus' letter describing his first voyage. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)
Spain's Princess Letizia, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Queen Sofia of Spain, from left, sit during a gala dinner at the Royal Palace in Madrid, Monday, March 2, 2009. (AP Photo/ RIA Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Presidential Press Service)
Spain's Princess Letizia smiles to her husband Crown Prince Felipe of Spain and Asturias during a welcome ceremony for the 2008 Prince of Asturias award winners in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
Spain's Crown Prince Felipe, left, and Princess Letizia walk after the opening ceremony of the Ibero-American Cultural Congress in Mexico City, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008. Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia are on a four-day official visit to Mexico. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)
Spain's Crown Prince Felipe, right, talks to Princess Letizia during the opening ceremony of the Ibero-American Cultural Congress in Mexico City, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008. Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia are on a four-day official visit to Mexico. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)
Spain's Crown Prince Felipe talks as his wife Princess Letizia looks on during a welcoming ceremony at Los Pinos presidential residence in Mexico City, Monday, Sept. 29, 2008. Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia are on a four-day official visit to Mexico. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
Prinzessin Letizia von Spanien, aufgenommen am Dienstag, 23. Sept. r 2008, bei einem Besuch der Fachmesse fuer Verkehrstechnik InnoTrans in Berlin. (AP Photo/Miguel Villagran) --- Spain's Princess Letizia looks on during a visit of the InnoTrans fair for transport technology in Berlin on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008. (AP Photo/Miguel Villagran)
Spain's Crown Prince Felipe, right, and his wife Princess Letizia pose for the media in front of a Talgo train during a visit to the InnoTrans fair for transport technology in Berlin on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008. (AP Photo/Miguel Villagran)
Spain's Princess Letizia, center, and her husband Crown Prince Felipe, left, visit the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008. At right is Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit. (AP Photo/Herbert Knosowski)
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