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Old 02-12-2005, 01:41 PM
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Another couple of photos:
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Juan Carlos, Sofia, Anne Marie
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Old 02-12-2005, 02:53 PM
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Here are the links to some photos posted at our gallery:

Posted by Jo:
http://www.theroyalforums.com/ugala/gallery/files/4/4/h.jpg


Posted by Pdas:
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http://www.theroyalforums.com/ugala/gallery/files/2/1/5/2/0000305253-002.jpg

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Old 02-12-2005, 04:45 PM
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October 1971 – in Iran, for the 2500th anniversary of the founding of the Persian Empire, by Cyrus the Great
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Old 02-19-2005, 11:31 AM
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I can't open the link, but thanks anyway, Sue! :)

Here's another family photo... not the most flattering of all, particularly to the young Infantes, but it's nice to see how their looks have evolved.
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Old 02-19-2005, 03:18 PM
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Puh, I've found some more great pictures today. Here are some different ones and I hope they haven't been posted yet By the way, I found all at google.
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Old 02-19-2005, 03:27 PM
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I loved the one with Juan Carlos and Sofia attending bullfight... Queen Sofia is famous for not going to las ventas and I thought she had never attended la fiesta nacional!
It seems she did, after all...
I believe this photo is precious, Sue! Thanks for posting :)
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Old 02-19-2005, 03:28 PM
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A last couple of photos
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Old 02-19-2005, 04:30 PM
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is it the first colour picture or the last black and white one?
if it is the last one it seems like a long time ago.
Yes, it is the last black and white. She is indeed a vegetarian and very sensitive about animals, that's why she doesn't attend bullfights. That photo is probably from the time of their wedding (1962) and that was probably the only time Sofia accompanied Juan Carlos to la fiesta...
Felipe and Letizia also went to bullfight a couple of days before the wedding... I believe that's a way of somehow blessing the couple.
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October 1971 – in Iran, for the 2500th anniversary of the founding of the Persian Empire, by Cyrus the Great
where did you find these photos?
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Old 02-20-2005, 12:54 PM
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the attending of a bullfight before a wedding and it being a way of blessing the couple, do you know what symbolises what, it must be an ancient pagan belief (surely not religious).


I can't give you an extended explanation, since I am not an expert, but I believe it is part of an initiating ritual; first of all, it has a social/political nature (as you know, bullfight is a quite relevant cultural manifestation in Spain, so when someone is going to enter the Royal Family, it is somehow important to be welcome among the community); secondly, it has a cultural/ethnic nature, since the bullfighter ends his performance dedicating the death of his bull to the happiness of the couple, so he gives them his beret, together with his blessings.

Somehow, I believe it has some resemblances with some ancient pagan rituals of emulation... But then again, I'm not an expert; perhaps it would be better if a Spanish member could explain it...
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Aren't they nice? :)
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Oh, she looks absolutely amazing in the last photo!

Three pics of Sofia with Felipe and Elena. I think they haven't been posted yet.
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1. Little Sofia and Irene of Greece;

2. Young Sofia.
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1. Little Sofia and Irene of Greece;

2. Young Sofia.
The little girl on photo 2 is (I think:) ) Elena, the woman on the left is Sofia, the man on the right is Juan Carlos. The other woman in the photo is Queen Frederica, Sofia's mother.:)
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Thanks, Mascha, I guess you're right! :)

Here's another one of Queen Sofia in el Rocío
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Thanks, Mascha, I guess you're right! :)
Sure! Here are some new ( ) ones. (I hope they are new..)
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