Spain's Queen Sofia visits Mitera orphanage in Athens
September 29, 2005
Spain's Queen Sofia visited an orphanage in Athens on Wednesday (28.09.05).
The Queen - who is married to Spain's King Juan Carlos - went to the Mitera orphanage, where she had volunteered her services when it was as a nursery school in 1956.
Queen Sofia was met by the Health and Social Solidarity Minister Nikitas Kaklamanis, Deputy Minister George Konstantopoulos and the institute's president Maro Kontou, when she arrived at the children's home.
She admitted she was deeply moved to find herself among former teachers and classmates.
After meeting with children and staff involved in running the orphanage, Queen Sofia - who has three children and several grandchildren of her own - gave the crowd a speech about the work the organisation does.
During her talks she referred to the institute's significant work and contribution to society.
So far, the Mitera children's home has successfully found suitable families for more than 100 orphaned children.
Athens News Agency