Queen Sofia

** FILE ** In this Dec. 3, 2007 file picture Spain’s Queen Sofia poses before a gala dinner at the Royal Palace, in Madrid. Pilar Urbano, a veteran Spanish journalist, released a book this week entitled “La Reina muy de cerca,” which translates as “The Queen, very close up,” to mark her 70th birthday on Sunday. Urbano said it was based on 15 interviews with Queen Sofia.In it, the queen is quoted as addressing a wide range of issues and saying she opposes abortion and euthanasia. Spain allows the former under certain, restricted circumstances, but is working to broaden them, and outlaws the latter. But the queen’s alleged remarks on same-sex marriage are the main source of friction and have angered gay rights groups.(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza, file )

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