QUEEN Sofia of Spain, currently on holiday with her family in Majorca, had to play second fiddle for the limelight yesterday when she attended Marineland Foundation's “return to the sea” operation of three marine turtles found in poor health in Balearic waters.

Dressed informally, the Queen arrived at the nature reserve just before lunchtime surrounded by some of her grandchildren - Victoria Federica and Felipe Juan Froilan, daughter and son of the Duke and Duchess of Lugo (the King and Queen's daughter Elena and Jaume de Marichalar.)
Waiting to receive Her Majesty were Balearic president Francesc Antich, and regional Environment minister, Miquel Angel Grimalt. The turtles which separately weighed 65, 50 and 15 kilogrammes, had been suffering from pneumonia. Having recuperated, however, they were returned to their natural habitat, as is traditionally done each year with other turtles who are found around the coast in need of attention. The rehabitalitation programme is funded by the Balearic government, Marineland and an Environmental foundation - Aspro Natura.


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