Spanish media: 85-year-old former Queen Sofía of Spain likely to return to Greece after 61 years

Queen Sofía of Spain

News that has sparked lively commentary has been making the rounds on the internet recently regarding the whereabouts of former Queen Sofía of Spain, following the fallout caused by revelations of repeated extramarital affairs in her married life with Juan Carlos.

As well-informed Iberian media sources close to the Spanish palaces write, Sofía is likely to leave Spain, withdraw from the public eye and return permanently to Greece after 61 years. As it is only a matter of time before her husband returns to Madrid, she is looking for her way to find the peace she seeks at age 85.

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After all, she has revealed that she would like to spend her last years in Greece and, when she dies, to be cremated and her ashes be thrown in her beloved Aegean, reports networks such as El Nacional in Spain.

Greece is of symbolic importance to the former Queen Sofía, as she was closely associated with her brother, the former King Constantine.

At the moment when her sister-in-law Anna Maria is alone, she would think of returning to her homeland, Greece, with her family.

Sofía (born Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark, Greek: Σοφία; 2 November 1938) is a member of the Spanish royal family who was Queen of Spain from 1975 to 2014 as the wife of King Juan Carlos I. She is the first child of King Paul of Greece and Frederica of Hanover.

Sofía married then Infante Juan Carlos of Spain in 1962 and became queen of Spain upon her husband's accession in 1975. On 18 June 2014, Juan Carlos abdicated in favour of their son Felipe VI.[2]

Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark was born on 2 November 1938, at Tatoi Palace in Acharnes, Athens, Greece, the eldest child of King Paul and his wife, Queen Frederica. Sofía is a member of the Greek branch of the Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg dynasty. Her brother was the deposed King Constantine II and her sister is Princess Irene.

As her family was forced into exile during the Second World War, she spent part of her childhood in Egypt, where she took her early education in El Nasr Girls' College in Alexandria, and South Africa, where her sister Irene was born.

They returned to Greece in 1946. She finished her education at the prestigious Schloss Salem boarding school in Southern Germany, and then studied childcare, music and archeology in Athens. She also studied at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, a constituent college of the University of Cambridge.

She was a reserve member, alongside her brother Constantine, of Greece's gold medal-winning sailing team in the 1960 Summer Olympics.

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