Published On: Thu, Jul 13th, 2017

Queen Letizia v Duchess of Cambridge in pictures: How they compare in life and love


The brunette royals looked equally dazzling in tiaras and flowing gowns during the banquet in honour of the Spanish state visit to Buckingham Palace. 

Queen Letizia, 44, and the Duchess of Cambridge, 35, share an impeccable fashion sense and are ‘commoners’ who married into two of Europe’s oldest monarchies.

Both stylish women are married to dashing royals and have adorable young children who will one day inherit the Spanish and British thrones. 

Queen Letizia and Kate: How do their backgrounds compare? 

Before her marriage to Prince William, Kate worked for the Middleton family’s business Party Pieces which made their fortune. 

Like the Duchess of Cambridge, Queen Letizia of Spain also hails from a middle class background. 

The stunning Spanish royal is the daughter of a journalist and a nurse, and the granddaughter of a taxi-driver.

Before her marrying into royalty, Queen Letizia was already a household name in Spain thanks to her career as an award-winning Spanish news anchor.

Unlike Kate, Letizia is a divorcee. She divorced her first husband – the writer and teacher Alonso Guerrero Pérez – in 1999. 

Queen Letizia and Kate: How do their love stories compare?

Prince William and Kate fell in love while studying at St Andrew’s University, started dating in 2003 and married at Westminster Abby in 2011. 

Letizia met her future husband, then Crown Prince Felipe, at a colleague’s dinner party in 2002 – the year after William and Kate first met. 

The two were destined to be together and met again when Letizia was reporting on an oil spillage incident in the North of Spain.  

Letizia gave up her career in journalism before they got married during a lavish wedding ceremony at Almudena Cathedral in Madrid in May 2004. 

The royal couple became King and Queen of Spain after the abdication of Felipe’s father Juan Carlos in 2014. 

Queen Elizabeth II is devoting her entire life to serving Britain and William’s father Charles is next in line to the throne. 

Queen Letizia and Kate: How do their families compare?

The European royals are equally devoted to their adorable young children. 

Queen Letizia and King Felipe are the proud parents of two adorable young daughters Leonor and Infanta Sofía.

Princess Leonor, 11, is the first in line of succession, followed by her younger sister Sofía.

In contrast, Prince George is the heir to the British throne and his sister Charlotte is next in line. 



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