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Queen Sofia of Spain visits grandchildren in the park

04/28/2008 at 06:00 AM ET

During the week of Easter, Queen Sofia of Spain, 69, and her sister, Princess Irene, 65, took some time to stop at a park in Palma de Mallorca, Spain to visit with six of her eight grandchildren; Felipe Froilan, 9, and Victoria Federica, 7, whose mother is Infanta Elena, and Juan, 8, Pablo, 7, Miguel, 6, and Irene, 3 in June (pictured), whose mother is Infanta Cristina.  When the children spotted their grandmother, they all went running to hug her, and she spent the next few hours with them playing in the sand box and watching them on the swings.      

The whole Spanish Royal family was in Palma de Mallorca for the Easter holiday.

The Queen, along with King Juan Carlos, 70, also have son Prince Felipe, 40, who has two girls; Infanta Leonor, 2 ½, and Infanta Sofia, 11 months, with wife Princess Letizia, 35.


Source: Hola!; April issue

More images with Irene below.


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afao on

The joy on their faces…how beautiful! We live in Mallorca, and when the Spanish royal family visits, it is always nice (they are a very down-to-earth family).

Nelly on

I’ve never read too much on this royal famuly, but this seems to be a real down to earth family. I agree w/ Afao, the joy and happiness on their faces is priceless. The kids are so cute.

Heather on

Sofia’s sister Princess Irene is actually behind her in that first photo!
Beautiful family. I’m glad the cousins are so close and obviously close with their grandma too.

Lynsey on

I’m surprised that the other two Urdangrin boys weren’t racing ahead of their Marichalar cousins to see their abuela. Froilan and Victoria live in Madrid, so I would guess they get to see their grandparents more often than Juan, Pablo, Miguel & little Irene. Maybe Froilan and Victoria are just fast runners xD

BTW, little Irene is named after the queen’s sister, Irene, who is behind her in the first picture!

LaMama on

In every single picture I have ever seen of Queen Sofie, she looks like she absolutely cherishes her grandchildren!


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