Friday, April 29, 2016

Royal Profile: The Infanta Sofia of Spain

The Infanta Sofía de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Ortiz of Spain was born 29 April 2007, the younger of the two daughters of the King and Queen of Spain, and the youngest grandchild of Queen Sofia and King Juan Carlos {Source}.

She is second in line for the Spanish throne after her elder sister.

The Infanta was named after her paternal grandmother, Sofía of Greece and Denmark. Likewise, this grandmother, Queen Sofía of Spain, is named after her (Infanta Sofia's great-great grandmother)paternal grandmother, Sophie of Prussia.


She was baptized in July 2007 {Source}, with the following as her godparents:
  1. Paloma Rocasolano (her maternal grandmother) 
  2. The Prince of Vidin (friend of her father's)


She began her education among the children of the Royal Guards at the Palace of El Pardo, a zone in which is restricted by the royal guard in September 2009. In 2010, she joined her older sister at Santa Maria de los Rosales (a school previously attended by her father and aunts, and traditionally attended by the Spanish Royals) {Video}. Presently, the young Infanta is in her fifth year at the school.

Through her grandparents, she is related to several monarchies, including:

  1. British: TWICE- through Queen Victoria's youngest daughter Princess Beatrice on her grandfather's side as Princess Beatrice's greatx4 granddaughter. She is also a greatx4 grandaughter through Princess Victoria's eldest daughter, Victoria, The Princess Royal
  2. Greek: Her great-uncle is the deposed King Constantine
  3. Denmark: She is the Greatx6 granddaughter of Chistian XI on her grandmother's side


As she is so young, she does not participate in many official functions. However, she makes appearances at formal functions such as the traditional family Easter Mass in Palma de Mallorca {2013, 2014, 2015}, meeting with Spain's national football team after their UEFA World Cup victory in 2012 {Photos}, among other events. In 2013, she was spotted with her family visiting her grandfather in the hospital on numerous occasions (March, September,November) and visiting the family's estate in Palma de Mallorca during August. She attended her parents coronation (and grandparents' abdication) events in June 2014. In October, she joined her parents and older sister for the Spanish National Day Celebrations, and attended the family's annual holiday in Palma de Mallacora in August. In 2015, she attended the annual Easter mass with her grandmother, parents and sister{Photos}.

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