Cheers greeted Crown Princess Letizia when she and her husband emerged with little Leonor
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The proud parents said the baby's eating well and "sleeps all the time"
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7 NOVEMBER 2005

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Spain's Crown Princess Letizia, with her proud husband Crown Prince Felipe at her side and her baby girl in her arms, emerged from hospital on Monday after a week spent recovering from a Caesarean section delivery.

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Cheers rose on all sides when the popular couple stepped out of Madrid's exclusive Ruber Clinic, where the princess gave birth in the early morning of October 31, into a crisp, sunny autumn day.

Carefully shielding little Leonor's head from the sunshine, former newscaster Letizia answered questions about the birth with her customary aplomb, while the prince joked more than once that his daughter "sleeps all the time".

Admitting that a Caesarean is "uncomfortable", the princess looked as elegant as ever in one of her trademark trouser ensembles in beige with a cream trim and gold jewellery.

As the youngest of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia's seven grandchildren, Leonor can look forward to a lively festive season in the heart of a royal family renowned for its personal closeness and friendly public image.

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