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 :)
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.
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...