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The New Queen Of Spain Was Once A CNN Reporter

06/18/2014 12:23 pm ET | Updated Jun 18, 2014

The soon-to-be queen of Spain wasn't always royalty.

Princess Letizia, who will become queen on Thursday when her husband, Crown Prince Filipe, takes the throne, was once a reporter for CNN+ in Spain.

More than a decade ago, she was an award-winning journalist and anchor of the most-watched news program on Spanish TV. Her coverage included a live broadcast from Ground Zero on September 11 as well as war coverage from Iraq.

Letizia married Prince Filipe in 2003, a marriage that raised some eyebrows due to her commoner background. On Thursday, she will become queen following King Juan Carlos' abdication after 40 years on the throne.

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