Queen Sofia Turns 80

Queen Sofia celebrated her 80th birthday last week with a gathering at Zarzuela Palace with family.

The Queen Sofia School of Music also celebrated a concern in her honor, where relatives and friends were in attendance.

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Queen Sofia and King Juan Carlos with Paloma O’Shea, who founded the Queen Sofia School of Music. O’Shea, the 1st Marquise of O’Shea, is mother of Santander Group leader Ana Patricia Botín. © Spanish Royal Household

The Zarzuela Palace gathering featured Infanta Cristina, whose husband was convicted of corruption related charges.

After years keeping a distance from the Royal Family, Queen Sofia in particular is keen on bringing her daughter back into the fold.

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Princess Offers First Public Remarks

Leonor, the Princess of Asturias and heir to the Spanish throne, made historic public remarks last week.

The princess, who is being groomed for a more public role, read a section of the Spanish Constitution, to help mark the document’s 40th anniversary.

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Princess Leonor read the section affirming popular sovereignty and constitutional monarchy.

Spain’s public broadcaster apologized after spreading a meme related to Princess Leonor’s speech. Someone added a microphone drop following her affirmation of the country as a monarchy.