Engagement press conference.
Princess Letizia at the “Camino de Santiago” or St. James’ Way in 2010.
Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, later Queen of Spain in 1904
Juan Carlos I of Spain-75 Years, 75 Photos.
56- The King and Mohamed VI of Morocco after the death of King Hassan, Mohamed’s father and the King’s old friend.
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.
486 years ago today:
Felipe II was born in Valladolid, the son and heir of Carlos I of Spain, Holy Roman Emperor and Isabel of Portugal. During his life and until his death in 1598 he became Duke of Milan, King of Naples, King of Spain, Sicily and Sardinia, King of Portugal, Sovereign of the Low Countries, Count of Burgundy and Count of Charolais.
He was married four times to María Manuela of Portugal, Mary I of England, Isabel of Valois and Ana of Austria and four of his children reached adulthood (Carlos, Prince of Asturias, Isabel Clara Eugenia, Catalina Micaela and Felipe III)
Even though since his death the English and Protestant historiography has successfully painted him as a despotic fanatic, minimized his victories to nothing and magnified and appropriated his losses, he made Spain the first global Empire and the sentence “The sun doesn’t set on my dominions” is attributed to Felipe II.
Photo: Felipe II in a 1579 coin (doppia) from Milan. Nowadays there are only two of these coins known. Source
30 Day Royal Challenge
Day 11: Post a picture of your favorite royal tiara
The Fleur de Lys Tiara of Spain
This tiara, considered the most important diadem of their collection, called “La Buena” (The Good one) and only worn by the Queens of Spain, was a wedding present from King Alfonso XIII to his bride, Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg. Made in 1906 by Ansorena with more than 500 diamonds set in platinum, it features the Fleur de Lys, the Bourbon’s emblem. (x)
Official event in February
Queen Sofía of Spain