Thursday, June 5, 2014

Updates on Felipe's proclamation

According to official sources, the date of King Felipe VI's proclamation will now take place on June 19, although the date could again change.  It depends on the passage of the organic law, which is required for the abdication.

There will not a Te Deum (religious service) to celebrate the accession of the new King, nor will there be any foreign guests (royals) at the swearing-in ceremony at the Cortes.

It is also not known if King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia or their two daughters, Infanta Elena and Infanta Cristina, will be present at the proclamation ceremony.

Earlier today, "informed sources" said that King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia will not use any titles of the Crown after the abdication.  "The King does not want to use any title," but how the king and queen will be styled will come in a published decree after the abdication.  They may retain the title king and queen, but this has not been confirmed.

Casa Real sources also said in a press brief earlier today at Zarzuela Palace that Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia will "perform the functions assigned to them by Don Felipe in accordance with the Government."

Zarzuela has confirmed that King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia will travel to Belgium on August 4 to attend the commemoration of the centenary of the start of the first World War."

The new king and queen are also expected to visit other European monarchies. similar to the tours made by King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima and King Philippe and Queen Mathilde after they succeeded as the sovereigns.


Michelle said...

from what you have written, it sounds like the whole "changing of the guard," so to speak, is very informal in spain. the dutch swearing-in had the family present if i'm not mistaken - i'd simply assumed all the family would be at Felipe's. i thought it strange that the dutch didn't do a coronation, but now it seems that is more common than i thought! which european countries do what we would call an actual coronation, complete with guests like the british do?

also, do you know anything about the page boy who fainted during the queen's speech? at first i assumed it was similar to the queen's maid of honour at her coronation who later said she was on the verge after standing for so long, but apparently it was only less than 9 minutes after the speech started so he hadn't been there all that long. poor guy! of the 4 boys, there were 3 with a family tie to the royals, and he was the only one who wasn't a relative. so that means he must come from a family which has connections to the royals, right?

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

Britain is the only monarchy where the sovereign is crowned and anointed. We do not know for sure yet, if Felipe's parents and sisters will be present. Cristina is in "exile" in Switzerland. She and especially her husband are under investigation for corruption.

John said...

Maybe Juan Carlos will adopt 'Count of Barcelona' as his title? Or, go back to prince?

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

Barcelona is in Catalonia. Would not be a good choice. The announcement will be made closer to the time of the abdication.