Sophia of Greece (Queen of Spain)

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May 28, 2022

Doña Sophia of Greece and Denmark (Sofia Margarita Victoria Federica of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, born November 2, 1938, Athens, Greece) is the Queen Consort of Spain (1975-2014), wife of King Juan Carlos I of Spain.

Biography

Born in the palace of Tatoi near Athens in the family of Prince Paul of Greece and his wife (future King Paul I of Greece and Queen Frederica). She is the great-granddaughter of the Russian Grand Duchess Olga Konstantinovna, who married the Greek King George I, whom the Greeks called "Vasylissa ton Ellinon", which means "Queen of the Hellenes". Among her ancestors are also German princes, monarchs of Denmark and England. During the Second World War, the Greek royal family was in exile, Sophia spent her childhood in Egypt and South Africa. In 1946 she returned to Greece with her parents. In her youth, she received a versatile education at the German Schloss Salem College, was engaged in pedagogical sciences, music and archeology at the University of Athens. In 1960 Sofia took part in the Olympic Games as an additional member of the Greek sailing team. On May 14, 1962, she was married in Athens to Prince Juan Carlos, son of Count Juan of Barcelona and heir to the throne of Spain. After the death of caudillo Franco, on November 22, 1975, Juan Carlos was proclaimed king, and his wife Sofia was proclaimed queen of Spain.

Children

Queen Sofia and King Juan Carlos have three children: Infanta Elena, Duchess de Lugo (b. 1963) Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca (b. 1965) Philip (b. 1968) has been King of Spain since June 19, 2014.

Social activities

In addition to participating in official representative events, Queen Sofia was active in public activities. She is President of the Reina Sophia Foundation, Honorary Chairperson of the Drug Abuse Foundation, Royal Board of Trustees for the Education and Support of the Disabled, Royal High School of Music. Queen Sofia, a number of other educational and charitable organizations. Queen Sofia is a rather controversial figure. She is a vegetarian, she has repeatedly admitted that she hates bullfighting, but she is not criticized for this. Case �