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Birth of Sofia, the Prince of Spain’s second daughter

Second daughter of the Prince of Asturias was born yesterday

The second daughter to the Prince and Princess of Asturias is called Sofía according to an announcement made by Felipe de Borbón in a press conference yesterday at the Ruber International Clinic in Madrid where Sofía was born. Both parents have spoken of her physical likeness to her elder sister Leonor.

Princess Letizia gave birth by caesarean section four and a half hours after being admitted to the clinic yesterday afternoon. As well as Felipe, she was accompanied by her mother Paloma Rocasolano.

Sofía was born in the same clinic where her sister Leonor was born in October 2005. Doña Letizia and her daughter were attended by the same team, headed by the gynaecologist Luis Ignacio Recasens, who assisted the birth of Leonor one and a half years ago.

Outside the Ruber International Clinic in Madrid mobile telephones belonging to the numerous journalists who were awaiting news of the birth rang simultaneously when they received a text message from the Zarzuela Palace which announced the birth the second daughter of the Prince and Princess of Asturias at 17.

28 on Sunday afternoon.
Hardly two hours later, the Prince of Asturias appeared before the press in a provisional marquee that had been set up outside the clinic to announce that his second daughter would be called Sofía, the doctor in charge of the medical team, Luis Ignacio Recasens, explained that the birth had been by caesarean section. He also announced that Sofá weighed 3.310 kilos and measured 50 centimetres and that both mother and daughter were in perfect health.

The king was informed of the birth of his 8th grandchild by phone and the Queen went straight to the hospital to meet her new grandaughter and namesake on her return from Moscow where she had been attending the funeral of the Russian cellist and very close friend, Mstislav Rostropovich, who passed away last Friday.

Sofia is the third successor to the throne of Spain after her father Felipe de Borbona and her elder sister Leonor.

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