Queen Sofia visits Basílica de Nuestro Padre Jesús de Medinaceli
March 1st, 2013 – Madrid
Carrying on a 300 year old tradition in the Spanish Royal Family, Her Majesty the Queen paid a visit to the Basílica de Nuestro Padre Jesús de Medinaceli in Madrid.
The Roman Catholic Basilica houses the shrine of the statue of Padre Jesús Nazareno, which dates from the 1680s. The Spanish Royal Family have a long history of devotion to this shrine and Statue of Jesus Christ of Medina.
Load bursts of cheers and applause greeted Queen Sofia from the rather large crowd of well wishers and also by members of the Capuchin Order, who look after the Basilica. During Mass, Her Majesty followed the tradition of kissing the feet of the statue of Christ.
Over the past number of years various members of the extended Royal Family have taken turns to attend this very sacred event which takes place on the first Friday in March every year. Last year, Infanta Elena; 2011 the King was present, in 2010 Infante Carlos, in 2009 Infanta Elena, in 2008 Infanta Margarita and in 2007 Infanta Cristina.Filed under Spain
Tagged Queen Sofia of Spain, Religion.