Sofia IX
A picture of Sofia at her coronation


11 September 1961 - 18 April 2003


11 August 1962


Mercedes II


Nina II


Lazaro, Emir of Casablanca

Royal house

House of Vergara


Andrés da Manila


Mercedes II




Sofia IX, Queen Mother of Arveyres (Sofia Mercedes Valeria da Vergara; born 16 April 1938 in Cadiz, Arveyres) was the Queen of Arveyres from 30 May 1961, to 18 April 2003. She was succeeded by her only daugter, Nina II.

Sofia ascended to the throne the day following the assassination of her mother, Mercedes, which sparked a succession crisis and subsequent militant civil unrest which sparked an era in Arveyran history called the Savoyard Unrest.

Sofia ruled over Arveyres for 42 years and oversaw massive changes in the country's culture and politics. As her mother stripped the Senate of its legislative power, Sofia restored the power of the Senate in 1963 with the help of Jean-Jacques Dessalines.

Sofia was a strong supporter of the economic and cultural shift propagated by Dessalines, the Cultural Awakening, which transformed Arveyres from an agrarian isolated society to an economic powerhouse over the course of the 1960s. Her reign also saw the annexation of the Sultanate of Cordoba, ending the near 100-year personal union, following the inheritance of the Sultanate by King Camilo.

Sofia abdicated her throne on 18 April 2003 in favor of her eldest daughter Nina. She cited her slowly degrading health and she felt that she had served everything she could, saying that "a new generation has come, and now, you have your new queen."

Sofia's sister Sybilla of Aloia (called Serena before her marriage) married into House Tordenskjold and is the mother of Christian XI of Aloia and the grandmother of Victoria III of Aloia, and the mother of Margarethe of New Tarajan. Sofia had two children with her husband Lazaro, Nina II, Queen of Arveyres and Valeria, Duchess of Cuenca.