King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia should have been celebrating 50 years of marriage today. There was to be an official stamp bearing a golden bridal motif but that has been scrapped. The official reason given is that they see no reason to celebrate during these frugal times.
However, royal watchers say that the Queen has finally taken a stand against her husband’s long term friendship with Corinna Larsen (the German Princess). Since the King’s trip to Botswana, which she arranged, Larsen has retreated to Monaco and refuses to talk to the press.
The palace has released a CD of photographs covering the royal couple’s 50 years together. I suppose there won’t be much joy in the pictures from 2006 onwards.