Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Royal Profile: Queen Sofia of Spain

Queen Sofia of Spain was born Princess Sophia of Greece & Denmark on 2 November 1938 as the eldest child of King Paul I & Queen Fredrika of Greece {Source}.
She has one younger brother and a younger sister, as well as a sister-in-law, 3 nephews, 2 nieces, 2 nieces-in-law, a nephew-in-law, 4 great nieces, and 5 great nephews.
  1. King Constantine II of Greece(1940)
    1. Queen Anne-Marie of Greece
      1. Princess Alexia of Greece & Denmark(1965)
        1. Carlos Morales Quintana
          1. Arrietta Morales y de Grecia (2002)
          2. Ana María Morales y de Grecia (2003)
          3. Carlos Morales y de Grecia (2005)
          4. Amelia Morales y de Grecia (2007)
      2. Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece (1967)
        1. Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece & Denmark
          1. Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece & Denmark (1996)
          2. Prince Constantine Alexios of Greece & Denmark (1998)
          3. Prince Achileas-Andreas of Greece & Denmark (2000)
          4. Prince Odysseus-Kimon of Greece and Denmark (2004)
          5. Prince Aristides Savros of Greece & Denmark (2008)
      3. Prince Nikolaos of Greece & Denmark (1969)
        1. Princess Tatiana of Greece in 2010 
      4. Princess Theodora of Greece & Denmark (1983)
      5. Prince Philippos of Greece (1986)
  2. Princess Irene of Greece & Denmark (1942)

As a child, she spent it traveling with her family. During WWII, she lived in South Africa and Egypt {Source}. After the war, she returned to Greece, and was sent to Germany for boarding school {Source}. Upon graduation from Schloss Salem, she returned to Greece, where she specialized in childcare, music and archaeology at university {Source}.

During the 1960 Olympics, she competed with the Greek sailing team {Source}. This was a tradition she would pass on to her two younger children, who would later go on to compete for Spain in the same sport.

On 14 May 1942, she would marry Infante Juan Carlos de Bourbon y Bouron {Source}. Together, they would have three children, and several grandchildren:

  1. Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo (1963)
    1. Don Felipe Juan Froilán de Todos los Santos de Marichalar y de Borbón (1998)
    2. Doña Victoria Federica de Todos los Santos de Marichalar y de Borbón (2000)
  2. Infanta Cristina of Spain (1965)
    1. Iñaki Urdangarín
      1. Don Juan Urdangarín y de Borbón(1999)
      2. Don Pablo Urdangarín y de Borbón (2000)
      3. Don Miguel Urdangarín y de Borbón (2002)
      4. Doña Irene Urdangarín y de Borbón (2005)
  3. King Felipe VI of Spain (1968)
    1. Queen Letizia of Spain (m. 2004)
      1. Leonor, Princess of Asturias (2005)
      2. The Infanta Sofia of Spain (2007)
As Queen, she devoted herself both in official capacity and with social and welfare activities {Source}. She is executive president of the Queen Sofia Foundation {Source}. She holds honorary roles in the following organizations {Source}:
  1. Foundation Against Drug Addiction (Honorary President)
  2. the Royal Board on Disability (Honorary President)
  3. The Queen Sofia College of Music (Honorary President)
She also has received a number of honorary degrees, including {Source}:
  1. Universities of Rosario
  2. University of Cambridge
  3. University of Oxford
  4. Georgetown University
  5. Evora University
  6. New York University
  7. Seisen University

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