The unexpected consort - Letizia of Spain's relationship with Prince Felipe was Madrid's best kept secret for months
Doing quite a good job of pretending not to know one another, Prince Felipe is seen with Letizia Ortiz at the Principe de Asturias awards in 2003 when the couple already planned to get married
But if the choice of Letizia was unexpected, her passage as a princess has been filled with even more surprises. The former Ms Ortiz has never tried to fit the mould of traditional consort in waiting. The famous 'dejame terminar' of the engagement press conference raised laughs at the time but signaled something that became clearer about Letizia as time went on - she did things her way. While royal engagements were usually filled with smiles and general chit chat about love, the bride to be's request that her fiancé let her finish became the most controversial words at a royal betrothal since Prince Charles' equally replayed 'Whatever love is'. And while she temporarily tried tradition with a Pertegaz wedding dress, the new queen consort in waiting was soon back on her own path.
Prince Felipe of Spain married Letizia Ortiz on May 22nd 2003 in Madrid
It's hard to list all the surprises that Letizia has sprung in the ten years since she entered the royal fold. From her clothes to her quotes, from her changing appearance to her relationship with the press, everything she does is just ever so slightly different from the way that others do it. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing. But her insistence on doing things her way - even if the infamous quote of not working weekends has never been directly attributed to her - has led to a lot more criticism than other queen consorts in waiting get.
The princess in one of her most controversial outfits - trousers and no jacket for a military parade
Some see her as a breath of fresh air and a modernizing voice long needed by the royals, others as a liability. However history writes her tale, one thing is sure. The beginning will always remain one of royalty's biggest surprises.