Originally posted by King Christian@Nov 5th, 2003 - 9:04 pm
Could I ask some-one to (temporarily back up, and) bring me up to speed (fill me in) with Queen Sofia, namely
- I've heard that she has few friends in Spain / Madrid. Why is that ?
- is it on account of language ?
- in what country was she born / raised ?
- her relationship with King Juan Carlos is how ?
I believe the Queen was born and raised in Greece, and unlike her brother who until very recently was not allowed into the country had he continued to insist on coming back to the country as the King of the Hellenes, the Queen is welcome to the country -- albeit as the Queen (and therefore a citizen) of Spain.
My understanding of why the Queen has few friends is not because of any language barrier, but simply because the Queen finds it difficult to trust people considering her position. I think she may have felt betrayed in the past by so called friends who spoke publicly about things she said privately. I have read that among the small circle of friends the Queen has are her sister Irene and Tatiana (?) Radziwill, or a Radziwill at any rate. I'm sure there are others who could better name the other individual the Queen holds as a close confidante.
Not sure what you want to know about the Queen's relationship with the King.