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Personalities > Queen Sofía of Spain May 1, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Hellenic Light Europe.

queensofia.jpg  Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain, Sofia de Grecia y Hannover, was born in Athens on 2nd November 1938, the first child of King Paul I and Queen Federica of Greece, and belongs to one of the oldest Royal households in Europe.

Having spent part of her childhood in Egypt and South Africa when the Greek Royal Family was forced into exile during the Second World War, Doña Sofia returned to Greece in 1946, and then went on to complete her secondary education at boarding school in Germany. She returned home again for further studies, where she specialised in archaeology, paediatrics and music. She was a reserve member on the Greek sailing team in the 1960 Olympic Games held in Rome.

Her marriage to Juan Carlos de Borbon y Borbon of Spain took place in Athens on 14th May 1962. They now have three children, Princess Elena, Princess Cristina and Prince Felipe, the current heir to the Spanish throne, and eight grandchildren.

In addition to her Royal duties and official visits with the King, the Queen devotes much of her time to social and welfare activities: she is Executive President of the Queen Sofia Foundation, a humanitarian foundation which was set up in 1977 with initial capital personally donated by the Queen. She is also Honorary President of the Foundation Against Drug Addiction, and of the Royal Trust for the Disabled. Doña Sofia also takes part international projects to help the disadvantaged and women in rural areas.

Queen Sofia holds honorary Presidency of a number of cultural and musical institutions, including the Queen Sofia Higher School of Music, is an honorary member of the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the Royal Academy of History, and has been awarded honorary doctorates from a number of foreign Universities. She is fluent in five European languages.

Source: © typicallyspanish.com

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