Birth of a Nation


Princess Letizia Ortiz, wife of Spanish Crown Prince Felipe, holds her daughter Princess Leonor as she sleeps during her first presentation to the media

What's in a name? Lots. For example, Leonor, the one just given to the princess born to Felipe, the heir to Spain's throne, and his former-journalist wife, Letizia. Lay-o-nor rolls off the Spanish tongue and has a right royal ring; a león is a lion, oro is gold. But frankly, a Leonardo would have been better. Maybe not to the thrilled parents, or the hundreds of journalists on goo-goo detail outside the Madrid clinic where the princess was born. But yes, the Spanish constitution would definitely have preferred un hombre. It says so in Article 57 of the document adopted three...

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