This is Sofía
Sofía de Borbón, Infanta of Spain
Sofía won’t rule
Born in 2007
Her godfather is a Bulgarian prince
Presented before the Virgin of Atocha
All spontaneity
First day of school
Royal Highness
Letizia: dedicated to her daughters’ education
A happy kid
Named after her paternal grandmother
First summers in Palma
Royal wit
Very close to her mother and sister
Leonor and Sofía: so different and so close
Sofía is very lively and jokey
They get along really well
Inseparable
Three generations of Infantas
Coronation day
First communion
Different styles
From kid to teenager
Sofía and her sister share their passion for ballet
Other interests
More present in public life
Sure of herself
Her first words in public
Bumpy summer
But what happened?
Sofía and Leonor have received the same education
Last year together
The separation of the sisters
Flying solo
A matter of style
Her own personality
Style differences compared to Leonor’s
Risky looks
Full of color
Christmas greetings
A more prominent Sofía
A key role
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This is Sofía

Meet Sofía, the second daughter of the King of Spain.

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Sofía de Borbón, Infanta of Spain

Sofía of Bourbon is Infanta of Spain. That means she is second in the succession line to the throne of Spain. Her elder sister, Leonor, is the princess of Asturias and will reign some day.

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Sofía won’t rule

If everything goes to plan, the second daughter of the monarchs Philip and Letizia will not rule, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have an important role in the Spanish royal house as well as in her personal sphere, supporting her sister.

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Born in 2007

Sofía was born on April 29, 2007 in the Ruber International Hospital, Madrid. Leonor had been born there two years prior.

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Her godfather is a Bulgarian prince

She was baptized on July 17 in Zarzuela Palace and her godparents were Prince Konstantin-Assen of Bulgaria and her maternal grandmother, Paloma Rocasolano.

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Presented before the Virgin of Atocha

In the same way as her sister’s Leonor, the Infanta Sofía was also presented before the Virgin of Atocha. Considered the protector of Spanish royalty, it’s tradition to present the ‘Infantes’ before the holy figure shortly after they are born.

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All spontaneity

According to sources close to the Spanish Royal House, unlike her sister Leonor who maybe is pressured by her position and is a bit more introverted, Sofía is more extroverted.

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First day of school

In this photo we can see her in her first day of school, entering the Santa María de los Rosales school (Aravaca, Madrid), where her father, King Philip, and her sister, Princess Leonor, studied as well.

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Royal Highness

For being one of the daughters of the King of Spain, Sofía has the title of Infanta of Spain and treatment as Royal Highness.

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Letizia: dedicated to her daughters’ education

It is well-known that the Queen Letizia is really involved in the education of her daughters and always demonstrates her love and affection for them.

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A happy kid

Letizia has always made sure that her daughters grow happy and live as normally as possible given the exceptional circumstances of their position.

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Named after her paternal grandmother

Sofía was named in honor of her grandmother, the queen emeritus Sofía of Greece.

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First summers in Palma

In the photo, during her first summer in Palma de Mallorca, where the Spanish monarchs spend most of their vacation in the Marivent Palace.

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Royal wit

Despite being the Infanta - and just like any other kid her age could have done- Sofia couldn’t resist putting her hand inside the trophy won by the Spanish Football Team in the European Championship of 2012.

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Very close to her mother and sister

People close to them state that the relationship between Letizia, Leonor and Sofia is really close and special, something we have been able to notice in every of their public appearances.

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Leonor and Sofía: so different and so close

Despite having very different personalities, Sofía and Leonor complement each other perfectly and get along wonderfully.

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Sofía is very lively and jokey

While Leonor is more serious and introverted, Sofía is very jokey. In fact, as chroniclers close to the Spanish Royal House describe, she loves to laugh and tell jokes.

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They get along really well

In the Amazon documentary, ‘Leonor. The future of a new monarchy’, the journalist Ascensión Vázquez explains that the sisters are as close as two coats of paint.

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Inseparable

In fact, as the journalist relates in said documentary, after a long time apart, as short as it may be, they always meet again with a long embrace.

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Three generations of Infantas

In the image we can see Sofía in the abdication of her grandfather, the king emeritus Juan Carlos I, along with the Infanta Elena and her great-aunts, the Infanta Pilar and the Infanta Margarita de Borbón. Three generations of Infantas.

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Coronation day

Here, on the day of the coronation of her father, King Philip VI, waving amusingly from the balcony of the Royal Palace of Madrid.

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First communion

In the picture, surrounded by her parents and grandparents on the day of her First Communion celebrated in the church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción in Aravaca with the rest of her classmates. Sofía wore the school uniform to the event.

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Different styles

Regarding her style, we can see that Sofía has risked a little bit more than her sister on her hair and looks.

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From kid to teenager

Little by little, the young Infanta has become a teenager that is even taller than her mother and oldest sister.

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Sofía and her sister share their passion for ballet

Although the monarchs have tried not to expose their daughters to the media too soon, some details of their private world have slipped out, for example, that both sisters are huge classical ballet lovers.

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Other interests

They also share other interests such as riding, skiing or reading which surely were passed on by her mother, Queen Letizia.

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More present in public life

Even though it has been Leonor, as heiress to the throne, the one gaining more responsibilities, Sofía has, slowly but surely, started being more present in public life with a role of her own.

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Sure of herself

By her behavior in public appearances, we can see that Sofía seems to be more confident with herself.

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Her first words in public

The first words we were able to hear from her in public were during the Covid-19 pandemic, when she read some lines from ‘Don Quixote’ during International Book Day, in April 2020.

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Bumpy summer

That same year, during their summer vacation in Majorca, we could see her with a bandage in one of her legs and using a crutch.

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But what happened?

It seems like, according to Spanish media, the Infanta fell at the Marivent Palace and got five stitches before needing a bandage for her leg.

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Sofía and Leonor have received the same education

Until now, Letizia was concerned about the two girls receiving the same education, even if Sofía doesn’t need to assume the same responsibilities as Leonor.

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Last year together

2021 was the last year that the two sisters will study together in the Santa María de los Rosales school center.

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The separation of the sisters

In August 2021, both sisters had to go their separate ways: Leonor was about to start her International High School Diploma in a boarding school in Wales (the Atlantic College). We could see them saying goodbye in Madrid airport.

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Flying solo

Just before saying goodbye, both sisters attended their first public act on their own. It was for the event ‘A tree for Europe’, in which, to fight against climate change, 35 young people from different nationalities within the European Union planted different trees in the Madrid town of Hayedo de Montejo de la Sierra.

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A matter of style

Increasingly, Sofía has become a style example that is being followed by different international media that compare her to her mother, Queen Letizia.

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Her own personality

In the acts for the Princess of Girona Foundation Awards 2021, Sofía surprised everyone with a short dress with puffy sleeves from the Spanish brand High Spirits. She was also noticed by her hairstyle: a very millennial updo consisting of a half bun. A choice that, according to every stylistic expert, revealed a strong personality.

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Style differences compared to Leonor’s

If we compare Sofía’s style with her sister’s, it may seem that Sofía's is a bit riskier and relaxed.

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Risky looks

A perfect example of her style was her look in the Princess of Asturias Awards 2021, where she chose a ballerina inspired look based on a pink tulle skirt from the brand Psophía.

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Full of color

Although, sometimes, we are able to see the three of them perfectly matching.

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Christmas greetings

In the last couple of years, Leonor and Sofía have gained more importance. For example, in the Christmas greetings 2020, they appeared without their parents.

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A more prominent Sofía

Since her sister left for Wales, Sofía has been attracting more attention. Maybe in two years, she will follow Leonor’s same steps and study in the same boarding school.

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A key role

What’s clear is that the role of the Infanta Sofía is going to be key in the Spanish Royal House during the preparation - as well as the (hypothetical) future ruling - of her sister Leonor.

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