Germany hails Prince Felipe choice of bride

The leaders of Germany and Spain may have failed to bridge the gap on weighty EU matters, but they have agreed on one thing: Spain's Crown Prince Felipe has made a good choice of bride.

    The Spanish prince stands next to his future bride

    "She really is very pretty," Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder gushed on Tuesday. "He has made a very good choice."

    Spanish Prime Minister Maria Aznar concurred. "The decision
    secures the continuation of the monarchy and the unity of the people of Spain," he told a joint press conference after their talks in Berlin.
    Gender equality

    The Spanish premier was more circumspect when asked if his
    government was considering changing the rules of the line of
    succession, which favour males above females.

    Television presenter Letizia Ortiz,
    fiancee of Spanish Crown Prince

    "Of course we believe in the principle of equality," he said,  "but we need some time and have to think about it."

    Felipe, the 35-year-old only son of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, will later this week officially propose to 31-year-old  television journalist Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano. 

    The marriage is to take place next year, the palace announced on Saturday.   



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