Queen Sofia of Spain, mother of King Felipe VI, headed to the King’s Barracks in El Pardo on Friday, honoring the Spanish flag alongside the soldiers of the Royal Guard.
On Friday, Queen Sofia of Spain made an elegant appearance in El Pardo to attend a military ceremony at the headquarters of the Guardia Real (the Royal Guard). The ceremony saw guardsmen making an oath of allegiance to the Spanish flag.
The Royal Guard provides security to the King and other members of the royal family in Spain. They also participate in solemn military parades and provide honor guards for important occasions, including state visits and funerals.
Queen Sofia also bowed before the flag during the ceremony. (It’s rare to see a Queen bow or curtsey—but usually when it happens it’s done before a national symbol, like a flag, or during a funeral.)
For the occasion, Queen Sofia was elegant in black and gray, including a beautiful coat with floral applique work.
Sofia’s signature jewelry look is layered necklaces and bracelets. She wore both for the ceremony, though most of the pieces were hidden beneath the neckline and sleeves of her coat.
We did get a peek at some of the necklaces at various points. The collection worn for the ceremony included a long beaded sautoir and a necklace with an elaborate cross pendant.
She also wore gold earrings, plus a special brooch pinned to the collar of her coat. This is the badge of the Guardia Real—note the letters GR in the center of the crown-topped badge.
Stay tuned, everyone: the French state visit to Sweden begins later today! I’ll have tiara coverage up later on here at The Court Jeweller.