MADRID, Spain (AP)
-- Spain's future queen, Princess Letizia, is pregnant and expects to give birth in November, the palace said on Sunday.
Letizia, a former TV anchorwoman who married Crown Prince Felipe in a lavish ceremony on May 22 last year at Madrid's Almudena cathedral, will deliver the baby in Madrid, a palace spokesman said.
"The Prince and Princess of Asturias are delighted to announce they are expecting the birth of their first child next November," the palace said in a statement.
"Their Majesties the King and Queen wish to express their great happiness at this joyful announcement.
The baby will be second in line of succession to the throne after 37-year-old Felipe, who is King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia's only son and third child.
However if it is a girl, she would come after any sons that Felipe and Letizia might have in the future.
The Spanish constitution states that the eldest male is automatically heir to the throne even if he has an older sister.
However, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has announced his intention to reform the constitution, including changing the rules of succession for the Spanish royals as he considers that the current wording discriminates against women.
A reform is currently being studied but there is no word of when or if it will come into force during the current government which finishes in 2008.
Ever since the royal wedding, the Spanish gossip press has been eagerly watching for signs that the 33-year-old princess was pregnant. News of the pregnancy constantly interrupted the Sunday programming on radio and TV.
King Juan Carlos, who is in Barcelona to watch Sunday's Formula One Spanish Grand Prix, was asked live on TV about the upcoming birth of his seventh grandchild, who he said won't be treated in special way.
"It'll be another grandchild who has to be treated the same way as the others," a happy king said. "It's great news."
The announcement comes two weeks before Felipe and Letizia celebrate their first wedding anniversary.
The couple surprised Spain on November 1, 2003, by announcing their engagement. Few knew that the heir to the Spanish throne had been dating a woman who was one of the country's best-known television personalities, a divorcee without royal or aristocratic links.
Their wedding was a first royal wedding in Spain in 98 years and the first time in Spanish history that a commoner came in line to be queen.
The tall, dashing prince met Letizia, a former TV anchorwoman, at a dinner party in late 2002 and they started dating secretly the following spring.
The Spanish royal family enjoys wide respect, with King Juan Carlos revered for his role in ushering in democracy after the death of Gen. Francisco Franco in 1975 and putting down an attempted coup in 1981.
Felipe's sister, Princess Cristina, the second daughter of Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, is also pregnant and expected to have her fourth child at the beginning of the summer.
Congrats Felipe & Leti