Queen Sofía celebrates her 82nd birthday today marked by the departure of King Juan Carlos abroad three months ago and by the impact of the health crisis, which, although it has paralyzed her official activity, has not prevented her from turning to supporting charities, social causes and cultural events.
Doña Sofía is in good health and the second wave of the pandemic, far from retracting her, has led her to leave the Palacio de la Zarzuela to stay active and in contact with the public.
In recent weeks, with the help of the Reina Sofía Foundation, it has undertaken a tour of the food banks of various autonomous communities to show its commitment to those most in need in the face of the deep crisis in which the country is plunged.
He has already visited the warehouses in Albacete, Ciudad Real, Toledo, Murcia, Las Palmas and Lanzarote and plans to go in November to those in Valencia and Seville if the sanitary conditions allow it.
With the smile in front, although hidden behind the mask, Felipe VI’s mother has been seen chatting with those responsible for the food banks and their volunteers to learn first-hand about the solidarity work of those she has defined as « heroes”.
“It is a charm. Say hello to everyone. It is a waste of naturalness, class and knowing how to be “, the president of the Spanish Federation of Food Banks (Fesbal), Juan Vicente Peral, who has accompanied her on her tour, told Efe.
As a sign of the queen’s character, Peral has commented that in each grocery store, they have given her small gifts, “a bracelet, a pin …, and she puts them immediately as a thank you.
Those who agree with her, emphasize her “closeness and proximity”, which makes her “have the affection of the people wherever she goes.”
This recognition was translated into a standing ovation when she attended a painting awards ceremony on October 15 at the Teatro Real, accompanied by her sister, Princess Irene, her main support in recent years.
On her tour of Spain, where she has sometimes traveled by AVE, the queen emerita has shown her support for the punished hospitality sector and has been seen in restaurants in Murcia and Toledo to taste local products.
As in recent years, Doña Sofía maintains her commitment to the environment and the fight against waste at sea.
In August, she participated in the release of a turtle in Mallorca, and a few weeks later, she put on her gloves as one more volunteer to pick up trash from a beach in Malaga.
He attended the Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony on October 16 in Oviedo with the kings and their daughters, with whom he had not appeared in public for a year, although a few days this summer in Palma coincided at the Palace of Marivent shortly after Juan Carlos I’s departure from Spain.
The controversy over the alleged hidden business of the emeritus king has not affected the status of Doña Sofía, who maintains her state salary, which this year has been 111,854.88 euros.
However, as a member of the Royal Family he has not starred in an official act since the beginning of March, a few days before the COVID-19 crisis broke out.
Some comments from Corinna Larsen have splashed on Felipe VI’s mother, who, in an interview with Okdiario, placed her as part of the “conspiracy” that was hatched in the Palacio de la Zarzuela for Juan Carlos I to abdicate.
Larsen also revealed that he had been separated from Doña Sofía for 30 years, so he “did not consider her a rival” in his intimate relationship with the king emeritus.
Digsmak is a news publisher with over 12 years of reporting experiance; and have published in many industry leading publications and news sites.