The soon-to-be queen of Spain wasn't always royalty.
More than a decade ago, she was an award-winning journalist and anchor of the most-watched news program on Spanish TV. Her coverage included a live broadcast from Ground Zero on September 11 as well as war coverage from Iraq.
Letizia married Prince Filipe in 2003, a marriage that raised some eyebrows due to her commoner background. On Thursday, she will become queen following King Juan Carlos' abdication after 40 years on the throne.
(h/t: Alex Weprin)