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Felipe and Letizia take to the slopes

February 8, 2004
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Spain's Crown Prince Felipe and his fiancée Letizia Ortiz have been turning heads on the slopes, enjoying a weekend of high-speed fun at the upmarket ski resort of Baqueira Beret.

Members of the Spanish royal family are regular visitors to the Pyrenees, and King Juan Carlos has been visiting the resort for decades. So there was little chance of the country's favourite couple going unnoticed and, sure enough, they were met by a crowd of well-wishers as they headed out for a day on the piste.

Felipe and Letizia have become something of a national obsession since they stunned the country by announcing their engagement last November. Just a few days ago likenesses of the couple were unveiled at the national wax museum in Madrid. And a new Prince of Asturias cake – which will be served at their wedding reception – is expected to become a staple on Spanish menus.

The country's growing excitement will reach its climax on May 22, when the couple make their vows in Madrid's Almudena Cathedral. Their wedding will come just a few days after Prince Frederik of Denmark and his Austrial fiencée Mary Donaldson say "I do" in Copenhagen.

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Photo: AFP
Spanish Crown Prince Felipe and his fiancée have become something of a national obsession since announcing their engagement. Letizia, who used to present the national TV station's main news programme, was already well-known to the Spanish people
Photo: AFP
The happy couple were joined by Eduardo Roldan, the president of the Spanish Ski Federation, when they headed out for a day of downhill fun

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