One more year, Queen Sofía offers an image of terrible loneliness during her Easter stay at the Marivent Palace, in Palma de Mallorca. The photograph speaks for itself: what anyone not too informed can conclude is that no member of the King’s family wanted to accompany the Queen Emeritus on this short but significant vacation.
Letizia, Felipe and Sofía are not there, having suspended their traditional appearance at Easter Sunday mass in the cathedral of Palma, scene of the famous fight between queens, for logistical reasons and budgetary savings. They also don’t have
presented by Marivent the Infanta Cristina or the Infanta Elena, although the former may be justified in her own family tragedy, with a
announced divorce by Inaki Urdangarin. And Helen? Why not accompany your mother on these dates?
Undoubtedly, we are facing one of these
family dynamics with an intrahistory that escapes all control. However, if we assume a certain normality in the functioning of the royal family, we can play down the alarming headlines, with tragic overtones, on
the loneliness of queen sofia. Especially since she never travels alone, but with her favorite companion and best friend, her inseparable sister.
Irene of Greece. Queen Sofia seems to prefer her sister’s company to any other and, in fact, the two are making plans together as if it were a wedding.
Queen Sofía, in company in Palma
Last year, in the same circumstances, they were accompanied by another close friend, their third cousin Tatiana Radziwill, daughter of Princess Eugenie of Greece, first cousin of Paul of Greece, father of Sofia, and husband of Sofia, Jean Henri Fruchaud, a prestigious Frenchman. cardiologist. Holy Week does not mean a date with solitude for Queen Sofía, but it is
another social event. Indeed, he will attend the annual benefit concert of the Proyecto Hombre in the cathedral of Palma, as every year, and will visit the shops and the markets.
It seems unfair to assume that infants
refuse the business of his mother, although several biographies have commented on the lack of warmth of their relationship and the great disappointment that the separations of the two surely caused. The Infanta Elena, always
in mourning due to the death of his friend José María Álvarez de Toledo, husband of his close friend Rita Allendesalazar, he will spend Holy Week in Madrid, where he will undoubtedly be able to
accompany his mother, if she wanted to. Because it’s not like that?
Why Queen Sofia is going to Palma de Mallorca
Sofía insists on going to Marivent, her favorite residence and, moreover, the scene where the
tension with Queen Letizia and became a double victim. Not only because of the scandalous private life of King Juan Carlos, but also at the hands of his daughter-in-law. Of course, this insistence on going to Palma de Mallorca at Easter may come from the force of habit and the commitments made or, some suppose, from a
cold revenge against Queen Letizia.
At the bottom of this disappearance of Letizia, Felipe and the Infanta Sofía of Palma de Mallorca beats a
inevitable tensions between queens: Emeritus struggles to maintain customs her family has maintained for decades, while incumbent insists on deciding
your own schedule and establish where and how to spend your holidays. Queen Sofia’s commitment is understandable in her logic of “acting as if nothing had happened”,
ignore the desertion of her own husband or the reputational debacle of the Infanta Cristina’s divorce. For Letizia and Felipe, however, the strategy is to disappear.
Queen Sofia, protagonist
Rather than lending your vacation to a new
public oversight in Palma de Mallorca, they claim their free time to live it in the strictest intimacy. Nothing that surprises us but, surely, an option that Queen Sofía prefers not to consider. The Queen Emeritus takes every opportunity to reaffirm and emphasize her status as
public figureand mother of the king. In his case, privacy implies invisibility and, by extension, a reduction in his
affecting. We won’t see her turning her back on an opportunity to be photographed as Queen (Emeritus) of Spain. He devoted his whole life to it.