The Queen Sofia Foundation was created on 17 May, 1977 with a small capital personally provided by H.M. the Queen.
Its aims are charitable and cultural, and its nature is non-profit and permanent.
Her Majesty the Queen Sofía born in Athens on November 2, 1938, she is the eldest child of King Paul I of Greece and his wife, Queen Frederika. The family belongs to one of the oldest royal houses in Europe.
She spent part of her childhood in Egypt and South Africa during her family's exile from Greece during the Second World War. She returned to her homeland in 1946, finished her education at the German Schloss Salem boarding school and returned to Athens, where she specialised in paediatrics, music and archaeology. She participated in the Greek sailing team during the Rome Olympic Games in 1960.
On 14 May 1962, she married Prince Juan Carlos de Borbon y Borbon, in Athens. They have three children: the Infanta Elena, born on 20 December 1963; the Infanta Cristina, born on 13 June 1965, and Prince Felipe, born on 30 January 1968. They have eight grandchildren: Leonor and Sofía de Borbón Ortiz, the daughters of the Prince and the Princess of Asturias, Felipe and Victoria de Marichalar y de Borbón, the children of the Infanta Elena and Jaime de Marichalar; and Juan, Pablo, Miguel and Irene Urdangarin y de Borbón, the children of the Infanta Cristina and her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin, the Duke and Duchess of Palma de Mallorca.
In addition to her participation in official and institutional events, the Queen devotes much of her attention to social and welfare activities. She is Executive President of the Queen Sofia Foundation. She is also the honorary president of the "Foundation for Aid against Drug Addiction" and the "Royal Board for Handicapped Persons", as well as several cultural and musical institutions, such as the "Queen Sofia College of Music".
She also participates in several international projects on the development of rural women and business expansion in the weakest social sectors through microcredits.
The Queen is an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando and the Royal Academy of History. She has received Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Rosario (Bogota), Valladolid, Cambridge, Oxford, Georgetown, Evora and New York.