Pres. Obama Congratulates King On Long Reign

U.S. President Barack Obama over the weekend called King Juan Carlos to congratulate him on a “historic reign,” the White House said.

Prince Felipe is scheduled to become King Felipe VI after proclamation ceremonies later this week.

King Juan Carlos signing his abdication announcement.
King Juan Carlos signing his abdication announcement after 39 years on the throne.

The White House said President Obama thanked Don Juan Carlos for his promotion of democracy and transatlantic relations.

© Casa de S.M. el Rey / Cristina García Rodero
Prince Felipe with his daughters, Infanta Leonor and Infanta Sofia. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Cristina García Rodero

Events to proclaim Felipe the new King of Spain will begin with legislative action in parliament on the 18th, according to media reports.

The 19th will see ceremonies at Zarzuela Palace, the Congress Palace and the Royal Palace, including a balcony appearance by the new monarchs.

Queen Sofia at the opera in Valencia over the weekend.
Queen Sofia at the opera in Valencia over the weekend.
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