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Who is Infanta Sofía of Spain?

Taking a look at the King of Spain’s younger daughter on her birthday.

Sofía de Borbón y Ortiz, the younger child of King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain, was born at 4:50 pm on 29 April 2007 in Madrid at the Ruber International Hospital. She was born via caesarian section. Her older sister is Leonor, Princess of Asturias.

The announcement of her birth was sent out in a text message to the press. In that press release, it was announced that her umbilical cord stem cells were going to be sent to a local Spanish bank and a bank in Belgium – as was done with her older sister’s umbilical cord stem cells.

King Felipe, Queen Letizia, Princess Leonor, and Infanta Sofia in 2009. Photo: © Casa de S.M. el Rey

Her name is in honour of her paternal grandmother, Queen Sofía. She was christened on 15 July at Zarzuela Palace with her maternal grandmother, Paloma Rocasolano and His Royal Highness Prince Konstantin of Bulgaria serving as godparents. Water from the River Jordan was used according to tradition.

Sofía initially started school at the Escuela Infantil Guardia Real in 2009. The Infanta began school in September 2010 at Santa María de los Rosales School. Leonor also attends the school, and this is the same place where her father was educated until age 16. She speaks Spanish and English.

Sofía is second in line to the Spanish throne behind her sister. Her father, King Felipe, became King of Spain on 19 June 2014 after the abdication of her grandfather, King Juan Carlos. Due to Spain still abiding by male-preference cognatic primogeniture, she and her sister would be surpassed by any younger brother in the line of succession.

King Felipe, Queen Letizia, Leonor, Princess of Asturias, and the Infanta Sofía participate in the National Day festivities in Madrid in 2016. Photo: Marco Romero/MDE

A day before Princess Leonor’s 10th birthday, Felipe bestowed the Order of the Golden Fleece on his daughter. It is possible the same will be done for Sofía.

Her Royal Highness does not yet perform official duties. She does attend the National Day celebrations in October, photo sessions and Easter Mass. For the first time last year, she and her sister participated in the opening of parliament.

  • Jo

    It is not an order that is given to everyone: in fact, only the heads of state (and heirs to the throne) or illustrious people (such as Javier Solana, Víctor Garcia de la Concha and Enrique Valentín Iglesias García) have received this order.
    Unfortunately and sadly, Sofia will not receive it

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