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Old 11-02-2018, 09:23 AM
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I'm not surprised that Marie-chantal are not in party of brithday, she was not attending the 70 BIRTHDAY OF THE QUEEN ANA MARIA (mother-in-law)!!!. Prince Paul he has a great friendship with King Felipe but he has a business and depends on his agenda, I remember that he came to the 70th birthday of Queen Sofia, but he lived in London, now lives in New York.
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Old 11-02-2018, 11:47 AM
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Lunch at Zarzuela Palace

https://www.europapress.es/chance/pr...2153929-15967/

Queen Noor of Jordan

https://img.europapress.es/fotoweb/f...193721_680.jpg
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Family photo

https://www.hola.com/imagenes/realez...familiar-a.jpg
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http://www.casareal.es/sitios/Listas...a_20181102.jpg


I stand corrected, casareal published a photo with Cristina even in the center behind her mother. I am sure that photo was on top of Sofia's wish list.
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Old 11-02-2018, 03:50 PM
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Looks like there was a nice royal gathering at Zarzuela but I never expected to see Infanta Cristina in the official photo.
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In the lunch given at the Palace of the Zarzuela for the 80th birthday of Queen Doña Sofia have been present as reported by the press: the entire Spanish royal family, Princess Irene, King Constantine , Queen Anne Marie of the Helelenes, Prince Nikolaos , Princess Alexia with her husband Carlos, the family of King Juan Carlos, and King Simeon with Queen Margarita of Bulgaria. But in the concert given in the afternoon in honor of Queen Sophia, it seems that they have only been: Noor of Jordan, Farah Diba, Queen Margarita of Bulgaria, Infanta Pilar, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia.

https://look.okdiario.com/casa-real/...a-3?pid=534613

no photos of guests to the lunch
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Old 11-02-2018, 04:34 PM
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My impression is that they were, growing up and as younger men. Whether they are still, who knows, especially if their wives don’t get along.

Weren't they housemates while they were both attending Georgetown University in the US ?
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Old 11-02-2018, 04:46 PM
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Concert offered by the orchestra of Reina Sofia Music academy on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of Queen Sofia

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At the concert tonight

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Very lovely the family picture!!
The Dowager Empress of Iran,Dowager Duchess of Calabria,Infanta Pilar ,Queen Noor,Queen Margarita of Bulgaria but where are the Greek royals?
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Old 11-02-2018, 05:10 PM
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The Dowager Empress of Iran,Dowager Duchess of Calabria,Infanta Pilar ,Queen Noor,Queen Margarita of Bulgaria but where are the Greek royals?
The Greek royal couple is present at the concert but they did not pose for the picture. Maybe because king Konstantin cannot stay stand
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Old 11-02-2018, 05:14 PM
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The Dowager Empress of Iran,Dowager Duchess of Calabria,Infanta Pilar ,Queen Noor,Queen Margarita of Bulgaria but where are the Greek royals?
https://3.t.cdn.belga.be/belgaimage:...8d3&m=oiedkijf
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Old 11-02-2018, 05:22 PM
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I stand corrected, casareal published a photo with Cristina even in the center behind her mother. I am sure that photo was on top of Sofia's wish list.
I am sure it was; and to me it makes sense as Sofia has been very clear in her support for her daughter. Felipe and Letizia might not like it but Sofia was in charge this time. And probably it's for the better as this might help normalize the situation a bit now Iñaki is out of the picture for at least a few years. And after serving his sentence some kind of rehabilitation within the family would be healthy (without him ever being active again for the Casa).
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Old 11-02-2018, 05:43 PM
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I am sure it was; and to me it makes sense as Sofia has been very clear in her support for her daughter. Felipe and Letizia might not like it but Sofia was in charge this time. And probably it's for the better as this might help normalize the situation a bit now Iñaki is out of the picture for at least a few years. And after serving his sentence some kind of rehabilitation within the family would be healthy (without him ever being active again for the Casa).

Elena and Cristina are already no longer members of the Casa Real and, as Leonor and Sofía grow up, none of their aunts will be needed for official royal duties anyway. So the point about Cristina being ever active again in some official capacity seems moot to me regardless of Iñaki's rehabilitation or lack thereof. I believe Felipe's sisters will still be seen at family events, but that will be it. Not unike JC's sisters BTW.
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Here are some more photos of the concert:


** semana: El gran homenaje a Doña Sofía en su 80 cumpleaños **


** diezminutos: Doña Sofía celebra sus 80 con un concierto en su honor **


** hola: La reina Sofía, acompañada del rey Juan Carlos, asiste al concierto celebrado en su honor **
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The theater has another entrance that is adapted for people who walk with difficulty. I think that King Constantine, Queen Anne Marie and Princess Irene have entered through this entrance, including the Infanta Margarita, sister of King Juan carlos. .
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Elena and Cristina are already no longer members of the Casa Real and, as Leonor and Sofía grow up, none of their aunts will be needed for official royal duties anyway. So the point about Cristina being ever active again in some official capacity seems moot to me regardless of Iñaki's rehabilitation or lack thereof. I believe Felipe's sisters will still be seen at family events, but that will be it. Not unike JC's sisters BTW.
Infanta Sofia will cease to be a member of the Casa Real as well when her sister ascends the throne; which could be rather late in life - so not a very healthy situation for siblings of future monarchs as she is expected to be quite active for the royal family and when she is probably in her 40s or 50s suddenly take care of herself. IMO she should be prepared for a different life sooner rather than later.

Elena does attend a few royal activities at times, so while no longer a formal member of the family, she has been treated differently than Cristina.
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Felipe and Letizia did not go to the concert?
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The arrangement of the photo is a bit odd, with Letizia holding hands with Leonor and Sofia standing alone next to her grandfather.
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Felipe and Letizia did not go to the concert?
No they were never scheduled to attend .

Some photos

https://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?...1-2018%20Spain

Nice bursts of applause for royal Queen Sofia tonight.

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Thank you to everyone who shared the photos and articles about Sofia and Juan Carlos's celebrations
The grandchildren all look so grown up now; I'd forgotten quite how old they are as in my mind they're still between the ages of 7-11. Irene reminds me a lot of Infanta Sofia whilst Victoria Federica very strongly resembles Elena, IMO.
It's interesting to see Queen Noor at the celebrations; I had no idea that she was friends with the SRF. I'm once again disappointed to see a no-show from the BRF in representation of HM (yes, I'm aware that Charles and Camilla are currently in Ghana and that the Sussexes have just come back from New Zealand, but other representatives such as the Cambridges or Wessexes would've been nice) as I read that HM is friendly with Juan Carlos and calls him "Juanito" which is a nickname that is only reserved for close friends and relatives. I'm not surprised, however, that Marie Chantal and co. didn't attend, given her involvement in Palma-gate at Easter. It wouldn't surprise me if there have been more tensions between her and the SRF since then.
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Thank you to everyone who shared the photos and articles about Sofia and Juan Carlos's celebrations
The grandchildren all look so grown up now; I'd forgotten quite how old they are as in my mind they're still between the ages of 7-11. Irene reminds me a lot of Infanta Sofia whilst Victoria Federica very strongly resembles Elena, IMO.
It's interesting to see Queen Noor at the celebrations; I had no idea that she was friends with the SRF. I'm once again disappointed to see a no-show from the BRF in representation of HM (yes, I'm aware that Charles and Camilla are currently in Ghana and that the Sussexes have just come back from New Zealand, but other representatives such as the Cambridges or Wessexes would've been nice)
Asides from being closely related to the Greek/Spanish/Danish/Romanian and Hanover royal families,Sofia and Juan Carlos were very friendly with other reigning houses.

The late King Hussein of Jordan,Prince Rainier III,Princess Grace ,King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola were frequent visitors with the SRF.


King Juan Carlos,Queen Sofia,King Hussein and Queen Noor
https://goo.gl/images/WjE8nr

Kings Baudouin and Juan Carlos
https://goo.gl/images/XUUx1k

Prince Albert,Prince Rainier III,King Juan Carlos

https://goo.gl/images/yBHZSY

Queen Sofia of Spain, Prince Felipe and Princess Grace

https://goo.gl/images/o8EwMZ

I never expected to see a member of the BRF in attendance I don't think the Borbons and Windsors are particularly close.
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