Sophia Greek


May 28, 2022

Zofia from Greece and Denmark, coll. Zofia Grecka, full name Sophia Margarethe Victoria Frederika von Schleswig-Holstein-Sönderborg-Glücksburg (born November 2, 1938 in Athens) - Spanish queen, from the Greek dynasty of the Glücksburg dynasty (side line of the Oldenburgs), as the wife of the King of Spain, John Charles I in 1975-2014 . After her husband's abdication, she retained the royal title, like him.

Curriculum vitae

She was born as a Greek and Danish princess, daughter of the King of Greece, Paul I. Sophia is the sister of Constantine II, King of Greece from 1964-1974, and of the Greek and Danish princess Irene. She was born in Athens as the first child of the future king and queen, Frederica of Hanover. She spent her childhood in Egypt and South Africa while her family was banished from Greece during World War II. She returned to Greece in 1946. She completed her education at the prestigious Schloss Salem, a boarding school in southern Germany. Then she studied pediatrics, music and archeology in Athens. In 1960, she was a reserve player for the Greek national sailing team at the Olympic Games in Rome. Currently, Zofia speaks fluent English, French, German, Greek and Spanish.


On May 14, 1962, she married the Spanish prince John Charles Bourbon (later King John Charles I), changing her religion from Orthodoxy to Catholicism. The wedding took place in Greece. According to commentators, the fairy-tale-sumptuous ceremony and the related reunion of European ruling families were criticized. Both of these events were financed from the budget of the Greek state, and the princess was financed an astronomical - as it was then called - dowry, with the simultaneous rejection of the law on subsidizing backward, poor education. Since her husband's accession to the throne, he can use the right to appear in white clothes during an audience with the Pope, the so-called the privilege of white. A married couple has three children: Infanta Helena, Duchess Lugo (born December 20, 1963) Infanta Christina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca (born June 13, 1965) Philip VI, King of Spain since 2014 (born January 30, 1968)