Queen Emeritus Sofia, 84, attended the 58th edition of the Queen Sofia Award for Painting and Sculpture organized by the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, where the mother of King Felipe VI, 55, curiously remembered her husband King Juan Carlos, 85.
The emeritus monarch attended the Casa de Vacas Cultural Center located in the Parque del Buen Retiro in Madrid to preside over the event.
For the appointment, Queen Sofia wore an Escada blazer made in purple velvet, which is interpreted as a color of mourning after the death of her brother King Constantine last January.
She paired the blazer with a black top with a square neckline, black pants, pumps, and a matching handbag. She also wore a black scarf to protect herself from the cold.
Queen Sofía engagement ring
At the ceremony, in addition to her look, a detail that attracted attention was her jewelry. The emeritus, who usually wears numerous necklaces, bracelets, and rings, decided to wear for the occasion the engagement ring given to her by King Juan Carlos in 1961.
The jewel is made of gold, from the casting of coins that belonged to Alexander the Great, with two round rubies separated by a baguette-cut diamond.
The Spanish press has been quick to assure that there is nothing behind the rumors of a rapprochement between the emeritus, who have been living officially separated since August 2020 when King Juan Carlos went to Abu Dhabi to try to prevent his financial scandals from affecting the reign of his son Felipe VI.
The last time the emeritus kings had the opportunity to see each other was last January 16, 2023, on the occasion of the funeral of Constantine of Greece. At that time, Juan Carlos did not hesitate to travel from Abu Dhabi to Athens to be by the side of his wife and his entire family.