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Queen Sofía spends Saturday picking up rubbish from Alicante beach
27 September 2021 @ 19:28

'QUEEN Mother' Sofía has been at it again: Clearing up after civilians.

The ordinary citizen goes to the beach to chill out and catch the rays, but the wife of Spain's first King in the democratic era goes there to sweep up cigarette butts and pick up discarded crisp packets and drinks cans, armed with a selection of bin-bags.

She does take a summer holiday every year without fail in her Mallorca villa, Marivent, but outside of this, Queen Sofía (pictured, centre) sees more of beaches wearing rubber gloves and bent double with handfuls of other people's rubbish than she does relaxing in the sun.

Time-travellers from earlier centuries would think the tables had turned, but the 21st-century European aristocracy is passionate about social equality and caring for the environment – and King Felipe VI's mum and former Queen Consort still spends nearly every waking hour working for the charities she founded, supports, or is patron of.

And as her track record shows since her husband King Juan Carlos I abdicated in 2014 – meaning she could have officially retired and was already a decade overdue for doing so – this charity work does not just involve PR.

There's plenty of that, since a 'Royal visit' to a non-profit organisation's branches is excellent advertising for their cause and drums up donors and volunteers, but Queen Sofía's involvement has long included getting her hands dirty, donning trainers and khakis, rolling up her sleeves and getting stuck into some manual graft.

Due to turn 83 in just over a month's time, HRH Sofía has every legitimate excuse for spending life with her feet up, but would never dream of using any of them.

And although she never attracts or seeks publicity for her super-human efforts, the Greek-born second cousin of the UK's Prince Philip unwittingly shows the world just how hard the Royals in Europe actually work – long past State pension age and typically seven days a week.

In past months, Queen Sofía has been seen on a beach in the province of Málaga and in a Madrid nature reserve joining in 'clean-up days', but this time she headed for the Costa Blanca, spending her Saturday morning stuffing rubbish bags on Alicante city's Almadraba beach.

Her eponymous charitable foundation works closely with environmental organisation SEO/BirdLife and with its joint campaigns, together with national recycling firm Ecoembes, on its regular volunteer clear-up sessions in natural enclaves.

SEO/BirdLife and Ecoembes launched a project encouraging members of the public to give up a little of their time to clearing a square metre of litter, and through it, has organised five Spain-wide 'clean-up weekends'.



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jamiemalone said:
28 September 2021 @ 12:49

She really is an amazing woman. The spanish people are spotless in the home but soooooooooo filthy outside it.

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