Princess is rushed to hospital with 'contractions'

18th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

18 October 2005, MADRID — The pregnant wife of Spain's Prince Felipe entered a Madrid hospital shortly after midnight after experiencing "some contractions", a spokesman for the royal palace told EFE.

18 October 2005

MADRID — The pregnant wife of Spain's Prince Felipe entered a Madrid hospital shortly after midnight  after experiencing "some contractions", a spokesman for the royal palace told EFE.

The spokesman said that attending the 33-year-old Princess Letizia at the Ruber Internacional clinic was Dr. Joaquin Diaz Recasens, a gynecologist, who "preferred" to monitor the health of the Princess of Asturias in the hospital.

Letizia is in the last month of her first pregnancy and is scheduled to give birth at the medical facility, which is the same hospital at which the two children of her sister-in-law, Princess Elena, were born.

The child will be second in line to the Spanish throne after Prince Felipe.

The royal spokesman said that Letizia entered the clinic at  12.30an on Tuesday.

Letizia recently told journalists that the birth of her first child was expected in mid-November.

Felipe, in his own conversation with reporters, joked about moving up the birth to the first week of November, but he did not rule out that the baby could come as early as the third or fourth week of October.

The heir to the Spanish throne said at that time that he wanted to be present at the birth, commenting that he was sure that would be possible and that he was not nervous about it.

Felipe said that he did not know the baby's sex and, consequently, the couple had prepared a list of both girls' and boys' names.

The prince and his wife had been scheduled to travel to Oviedo on Wednesday to preside on Friday at the 25th edition of the prize ceremony that bears Felipe's name at the Campoamor Theatre.

At the beginning of May, the palace had announced officially that Letizia was expecting, saying at the time that the baby was anticipated to arrive in November.

Letizia's admission to the Ruber Internacional clinic came several hours after Queen Sofia departed by plane for Guatemala and El Salvador to visit the areas affected by Hurricane Stan and to deliver a planeload of humanitarian aid to the storm victims.

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Subject: Spanish news

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