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Old 07-22-2005, 11:14 AM
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I just found that her wedding gown is very elegant and beautiful....so do the gown of her bridemaids. http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...chmentid=47900
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yes, he was.


here a good link about greek orthodox church.
http://www.greeka.com/greece-religion.htm
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I just found that her wedding gown is very elegant and beautiful....so do the gown of her bridemaids. http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...chmentid=47900
I thought the bridesmaids' hair ornaments were rather odd.
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Thank you for the information, rchainho, I loved her dress and tiara. This was a very glamorous wedding and she looked so regal that day in the pictures.
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Old 09-08-2005, 08:47 PM
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She was quite a beautiful bride; they a lovely couple.

But wasn't Juan Carlos in love with a Princess Maria-Gabrielle; supposedly a child was born? Why didn't marry?
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I was wondering that too, since the Italian royals were Catholic, M-G would've seemed like a better choice than Sofia.
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What I read was that General Franco didn't approve of Maria Gabrielle so the General put the kibosh on that romance. I'm not sure about the middle girl. Then Juan Carlos and Sofia got engaged and announced the engagement before the General was informed.

I would have thought that Sofia would have been a risky bride from Franco's point of view. Her parents were both very smart, as is she, and she was a more self-assured person than Juan Carlos was. IMO not a person to be easily molded to your way of thinking (if her thoughts differ from yours). Juan Carlos might have been another one of the royals lucky in his choice of bride.
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how did she Meet Harald of Norway
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Queen Frederica of Greece wanted her daughter Sofia to marry Harald and they meet each other through the queen frederica.
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Old 11-15-2005, 11:29 AM
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You knew that before marry Juan Carlos, queen Sofia was to be married to Harald of the Norway by a dowry of 25 million of french? The original dowry to be paid were 50 million of french. When Juan Carlos married with Sofia, her family received from him the amount of 20 million of pesetas.
so did they go out with each other then? or was it meant to be an arrange marriage? just cant see those two together really!
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it was to be an arranged marriage like another others in that time. LOL
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these photos are so great! she was such a beautiful bride. her dress is so classic it could easily be worn by a bride today as well.
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I found an article on the internet before, it may have been an extract from the Queen's biography where she talks about how she and the King met and the period before they got married..it was really nice to read! But I can't find it now so does anybody know the article I mean? And if so can you post a link for it please??
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I found an article on the internet before, it may have been an extract from the Queen's biography where she talks about how she and the King met and the period before they got married..it was really nice to read! But I can't find it now so does anybody know the article I mean? And if so can you post a link for it please??
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I have this article somewhere. When I find it, I'll translate it.

I used some of it to write Juan Carlos biography on this month's newsletter, you can read it here: http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...pain-7562.html
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I have this article somewhere. When I find it, I'll translate it.

I used some of it to write Juan Carlos biography on this month's newsletter, you can read it here: http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...pain-7562.html
please do post it when you've translated it! i'd love to read it.:)
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A photo by Hola, taken from monarquiahispanica.com, where we can see the details of Doña Sofia's gown:





According to the book LA BODA DE JUAN CARLOS Y SOFIA: CLAVES Y SECRETOS DE UN ENLACE HISTORICO, by Fernando Rayon (La Esfera de los Libros, s.d.), Don Juan wanted to let it clear that the marriage was an exclusive responsibility of the Royal Family, then in exile, so he wanted to assume all the protagonism of the event, in the quality of head of the RF.

Franco (who was privately preparing Don Juan Carlos to replace him in the Heading of the State) knew the importance of that event and managed that nothing failed in the preparation of the wedding.

The King and Queen of Greece (and particularly Quuen Federica, the main organizer of the wedding) wished their daughter to owe a throne in the Mediterranean Europe, so to fortify the role of their country, but also the new monarchy.

The Vatican wanted the ceremony to be organized according to the Canonical Laws and distrusted the manoeuvres that the Greek Orthodox Church was preparing, to show the privileged position of the Greek civil laws.

The monarchists wanted to take advantage of the wedding to favour their interests.
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A photo taken from monarquiahispanica.com, where we can see the details of Doña Sofia's gown:
This is a beautiful picture of Juan Carlos and Sofia's wedding day. Thank you for finding it Elsa! :)

It's amazing the amount of lace that was used for the princess' gown, but used in a way that didn't overwhelm Sofia's very slight frame. What a radiant bride she made!
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Looking through this thread I'm realizing that, in hindsight, Sophia might be one of the best royal brides that we've seen out there (since photography was invented!), but perhaps also one of the most underrated?!

That's perhaps because she's always made her simple elegance seem so easy, just like she's always tackled her public life: with such utter professionalism, to borrow her husband's words. I think Juan Carlos was smart as well as lucky to choose her as his bride. Someone was saying earlier on this thread they couldn't see her as queen of Norway. Frankly in my opinion she could well have been queen of <any> country and made a smashing success of it, like she's done in Spain. This is a queen who's never, I repeat, never, put one foot wrong in her entire career.

On a side note I think her mother, Frederika, would have preferred Harald at the time over Juan Carlos, because the former was certain of his future position as a king, whereas JC's situation was trickier, politically. Wonder whether Frederika lived to witness the glorious outcome of her son in law when he saved the day in Spain in the seventies and united the country so brilliantly.
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Looking through this thread I'm realizing that, in hindsight, Sophia might be one of the best royal brides that we've seen out there (since photography was invented!), but perhaps also one of the most underrated?!

That's perhaps because she's always made her simple elegance seem so easy, just like she's always tackled her public life: with such utter professionalism, to borrow her husband's words. I think Juan Carlos was smart as well as lucky to choose her as his bride. Someone was saying earlier on this thread they couldn't see her as queen of Norway. Frankly in my opinion she could well have been queen of <any> country and made a smashing success of it, like she's done in Spain. This is a queen who's never, I repeat, never, put one foot wrong in her entire career.

On a side note I think her mother, Frederika, would have preferred Harald at the time over Juan Carlos, because the former was certain of his future position as a king, whereas JC's situation was trickier, politically. Wonder whether Frederika lived to witness the glorious outcome of her son in law when he saved the day in Spain in the seventies and united the country so brilliantly.
I absolutely agree with you in her success, she definitely was born to be a Queen, no matter which country.

And if you are talking about the coup de etât, it was the 23th february of 1981 and she died in the 6th of february of 1981 but Frederika did witness her daughter as a Queen, since KJC is on the throne since the 22th of November of 1975.
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