Maputo (Mozambique) April 11, 2013
Her Majesty met with Graça Machel, a Mozambican politician and humanitarian married to Nelson Mandela. Ms Machel and her husband were two of the guests at the wedding of the Prince and Princess of Asturias and the two of them have collaborated in humanitarian projects before. In 1998 she received with Fatiha Boudiaf, Olayinka Koso-Thomas, Rigoberta Menchú, Fatana Ishaq Gailani, Somaly Mam and Emma Bonino the Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation.
After the meeting, Queen Sofía returned to Spain.
Juan Carlos I of Spain-75 Years, 75 Photos.
55- King Juan Carlos with his first grandchild, the Infanta Elena’s son Felipe.
The Spanish Royal Family at the grounds of La Zarzuela Palace, July, 1969.
Celebrating the 2010 World Championship
Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia, only daughter of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany.
Queen Sofía’s maternal grandmother and original owner of the Prussian tiara.
THE FLORAL TIARA
This tiara is made of diamonds set in gold and silver in floral and vegetable motifs, and is the personal propriety of Her Majesty. It was a wedding gift from the Spanish people to Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark on the occasion of her wedding to Prince Juan Carlos of Spain. Despite being one of their favorite diadems not much was known of its origins besides the fact that it was acquired in Madrid’s Aldao Jewellery Firm in 1962.
After the Princess of Asturias wore it to Queen Beatrix’s dinner on April 29, 2013 the Royal Household explained that this tiara had already belonged to the Royal Family long before 1962. King Alfonso XII commissioned this tiara to the British jewellers J.P. Collins in 1879 as a gift for his betrothed Archduchess Maria Christina of Austria-Teschen. Since then the piece left the family and in the 20th century ended in Aldao, where Franco would buy it as a wedding gift. The central flower is adapted to be used as a brooch.
It is believed that Princess Sophia used this gift for the first time at her pre-wedding ball as a necklace although the quality of the pictures is not good:
Doña Sofía would not wear the gift in a tiara frame until 1979 during a Sate Visit to Sweden. It has become one of her favorite diadems since then.
The Queen has frequently shared the tiara with her daughters and daughter-in-law, the Infanta Cristina chose it for her wedding. Her sister Doña Elena, however, only used it before her wedding in 1995, when she received a tiara from the groom’s family:
The floral tiara is one of the favorites of the Princess of Asturias:
May 14, 1962. Athens.
Wedding of Prince Juan Carlos of Spain and Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark.