Second Royal child set to reopen succession debate

26th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

26 September 2006, MADRID — Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia are expecting their second child next May, the Spanish royal household said.

26 September 2006

MADRID — Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia are expecting their second child next May, the Spanish royal household said.

The news has reopened the debate about a proposed change in the Constitution which would allow women equal rights of succession, the Spanish media reported on Tuesday.

Felipe wed Letizia Ortiz in May 2004, and in October last year, she gave birth to their first child, Princess Leonor.

Political and legal forces agreed at the time of Leonor's birth on the need for the reform, which would make women equal to men in the Spanish line of succession.

The royal household said in a statement the couple felt "great happiness upon announcing that they are expecting the birth of their second child at the beginning of next May".

The new addition to the royal family will be the eighth grandchild of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia.

Princess Letizia had to undergo a Cesarean to give birth to Leonor in her 37th week of pregnancy, a few days prior to her due date.

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Subject: Spanish news


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