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Old 05-24-2006, 09:47 PM
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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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Thanks, actually I meant the time right after JC became king, I'm a bit blurry on the facts there but do know that JC jumpstarted the democratic process after Franco's demise, and helped make Spain the democratic country we know it as today (contrary as that may seem, a King being instrumental in putting a country back on the democratic track! but this is why JC is so popular with the Spanish, even if the monarchy as an institution isn't!)

..but you're right, there was also the (short) episode of that coup, although I remember footage even on tv at the time of some very brave members of parliament, then too.
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Old 05-24-2006, 10:06 PM
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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?!
I think the late 50's and 60's were the years monopolized by three other royal beauties, Grace of Monaco, Farah of Iran and Paola of Belgium. Sofia did not have the exotic looks that paparazzis were after. Maybe it was good for her to be the low key of the Princesess of the time considering the nest of vipers she landed in Franco's Spain. Franco's own grand daugther wanted to be the next Queen by marrying the Duke of Cadiz, Juan Carlos main rival. Sofia, like Juan Carlos, became a formidable survivor of the 60's.

Had Sofia married Harald then the Queen of Spain would have been the statuesque beauty Maria Gabriela of Savoy. She was Juan Carlos' previous love. Maria Gabriela also caught the eye of one of Franco's nephews and the Shah of Iran.
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Old 05-25-2006, 07:39 AM
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I think another factor in Sofia's favor is that she did not appear to involve herself too directly in the whole political-monarchist maneuvering that occurred bothe before and after JC ascended the throne. She preferred to be involved in her own sphere of interests, and she worked hard to benefit projects that she had an affinity for (arts, education, etc). I think her natural elegance and low-key public personality have served her well and have definitely contibuted to JC's popularity in Spain.
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It was said that Queen Federica wanted Sofia to marry Harald. Of course JC&S's marriage was the matter of love, but do you think that Greek-born Sofia really would prefer going to cold Norway instead of sunny and warm Spain? I don't think so.:)
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Had Sofia married Harald then the Queen of Spain would have been the statuesque beauty Maria Gabriela of Savoy. She was Juan Carlos' previous love. Maria Gabriela also caught the eye of one of Franco's nephews and the Shah of Iran.
Where is she now? Is she still as pretty or surgically enhanced already? I remember she was so beautiful and much much prettier than Sofia. Why couldn't he marry her?
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I really can't imagine Maria Gabriella being the Queen Sofia is! Not slamming MG but I don't think she was exactly suited to being Queen of Spain, nor I don't think she could have put up with JC's tutelage under Franco. And of course, there would have been no Emanuel Filiberto, either.
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Old 09-15-2006, 09:12 PM
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This picture is lovely and shows the couple at their best.

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Here is a video that i found, i hope it wasn't posted yet.

http://www.monarquiahispanica.com/im...a%F1a%2014.htm

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Old 10-10-2006, 12:19 PM
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According to the book Françoise Laot wrote, on one hand, Sophia was deeply in love with CP Harald of Norway, and her mother Queen Frederika and King Olav were delighted with the couple. The greek parliament had even approved of a dowry for Sophia... but suddenly in Norway CP Harald had a car crash, but he wasn't alone in the car, he was accompanyed by the plebeian Sonja Haraldsen...
When Sophia knew Harald was once again with Sonja... she was completely disappointed and decided to broke off the engagement.

On the other hand, Prince Juan Carlos was in love with Princess Maria Gabriela of
Italy, but General Franco wanted a princess whose father was a reigning king, not a king in exile, essencially in order to reinforce the new monarchy.
After all that, Queen Frederica and Queen Victoria-Eugenia (grandmother of Prince Juan Carlos) arranged a marriage, soon after the couple met in
London, (both queens were well known to be expert matchmakers).
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One interesting thing is that Elena looks so much like her mother...but without the beauty.
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Old 10-12-2006, 11:48 AM
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Princess Sofia was lovely young bride!
I love her dress and also her and J-C's story is so interesting...
But, I can't see similarities between Sofia and Elena. Maybe I'm blind
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But, I can't see similarities between Sofia and Elena. Maybe I'm blind
Even in this picture?
http://s2.supload.com/free/boda12a.jpg/view/
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Yeah,there are some similarities...
but I have to say, Elena isn't beautiful... sorry, but I have to say this.
and comparing of gorgeous young Sofia and of Elena is for me something like sin .
btw. thank you Tinika!
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Yeah,there are some similarities...
but I have to say, Elena isn't beautiful... sorry, but I have to say this.
and comparing of gorgeous young Sofia and of Elena is for me something like sin .
btw. thank you Tinika!
You're welcome ! And--that was sort of my point, that there are a lot of similarities but, unfortunately, Elena did not inherit any of Sofia's outer beauty.
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I really can't imagine Maria Gabriella being the Queen Sofia is! Not slamming MG but I don't think she was exactly suited to being Queen of Spain, nor I don't think she could have put up with JC's tutelage under Franco. And of course, there would have been no Emanuel Filiberto, either.
Well, she isn't Emanuele Filiberto's mother, she's his aunt so..



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From profimedia

http://www.profimedia.cz/watermark.p...92612c00232ce3
http://www.profimedia.cz/watermark.p...6c97b218b4af2f
http://www.profimedia.cz/watermark.p...b80e9db6772c37
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Thanks Crisinaki! I enjoyed that video! After seeing the video I must agree with Princess_Olga: Sofia is one of the most unrrated royal brides, her dress looks much better on moving images then on pictures IMO.
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