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Queen Sofía of Spain attends book presentation

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Queen Sofía of Spain returned to her homeland of Greece for the book presentation of “The Journal of Queen Frederica, 1938-1967”, which is about her mother. Queen Sofía’s younger brother King Constantine II of Greece and his wife, Queen Anne-Marie were also present.

The three-part journals of Frederica are based on the 35 handwritten volumes which are currently being kept at the General State Archives of Greece. The entries were written by her ladies-in-waiting with the Queen herself. It also contains other documents kept at the archives such as speeches written by the Queen and letters written by her. It will also include 200 rare photographs. Unfortunately, it is currently only available in Greek.

Queen Frederica was born in 1917 to Ernest Augustus, then reigning Duke of Brunswick, and his wife Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia, the only daughter of the German Emperor Wilhelm II. In 1938, she married the future King Paul of Greece, and they had three children together: Sofía, now Queen of Spain, Constantine, the future King of Greece and Irene. Frederica was widowed in 1964 and in 1971, she published her autobiography A Measure of Understanding (which is available in English).

The Greek monarchy was abolished in 1973, and Frederica died in 1981 in Spain.