King Juan Carlos Left Out Of Top Event

The Royal Household excluded King Juan Carlos from an event at the Spanish Congress to commemorate the country’s transition to Democracy, according to several media outlets.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, to the right, and Congress Speaker Ana Pastor, in blue. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

King Juan Carlos, King Felipe’s father, helped steer Spain from dictatorship to Democracy.

But, according to media outlets, the Royal Household thought it was out of protocol for Don Juan Carlos to attend the ceremonies.

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King Felipe during remarks a the Congress of Deputies Chamber. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

Media outlets reported that the elder King expressed his dismay about the snub to friends.


The King And The Bulls

King Felipe won praise but also skepticism earlier this month when he attended a charity bullfight in Madrid.

Aside from people who oppose the activity, aficionados wondered whether the King — who got a standing ovation — really stands with them.

King Felipe at the famed Las Ventas bullring in Madrid. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

Don Felipe has not been as keen on attending bullfights compared to his father, King Juan Carlos, and his sister, Infanta Elena.

Both of them were helping open a new winery in the Basque Country during the Madrid bullfight.

King Juan Carlos and Infanta Elena. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

Conventional wisdom says Queen Letizia is not partial to bullfighting. Neither is Queen Sofia, an animal rights advocate.

King Felipe with bullfighters. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

The late Duchess of Alba was also an animal rights advocate, but an ardent supporter of bullfighting as a Spanish tradition.

Bringing Back The Pomp

King Felipe received another batch of new ambassador credentials at the Royal Palace in Madrid this month.

Panamanian ambassador to Spain arriving at the Royal Palace in Madrid.

But unlike previous times, the Royal Household released images of a horse-drawn carriage transporting the dignitaries through Madrid to the palace.

The New Zealand ambassador making his way to King Felipe.

The Crown revived the tradition several years ago but it has not gotten too much attention.


The carriage takes ambassadors from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Royal Palace, where members of the Royal Guard help escort them to His Majesty.

King Sells Spain In Kazakhstan; Honors London Terror Victim

King Felipe visited Kazahstan earlier this month to visit the Spanish pavilion at Expo 2017 Astana.

The event is meant to promote the energy of the future, and Spain has made significant investments in renewable resources.

King Felipe arriving. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

The King also took time to meet with several international leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping.

© Casa de S.M. el Rey

Cameras also caught Don Felipe meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.


Award for London victim

The King stopped by the Spanish embassy in Astana to sign a Royal Decree awarding the Grand Cross of Civil Merit to Ignacio Echeverría, who died in the recent terrorist attack in London.


His Majesty only spent one day in the Asian country.

Leftist Politicians Demand Referendum On Monarchy

Left-leaning politicians in the Spanish autonomous community of Navarra approved a resolution in favor of a referendum on the monarchy this week.

The vote happened the day before King Felipe and Queen Letizia were set to visit the National Center for Technology and Food Security.

© Casa de S.M. el Rey

Politicians in Navarra, which has taken a leftward turn, also recently moved to de-royalize the Prince of Viana awards.

Beyond the title of Prince of Asturias, the heir to the Spanish throne is also the Prince of Princess of Viana. The current holder is Princess Leonor.

Their Majesties meeting with the people of Navarra. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

The Spanish media did not give the referendum too much attention, mainly because of its symbolic nature.

Spain is still feeling the effects of the financial crisis and rising populism, which have hurt the monarchy.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia commemorating Armed Forces Day last month. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

Political corruption scandals and the conviction of Infanta Cristina’s husband for fraud have also taken a toll.

King Felipe meeting with Indian President Narendra Modi at Zarzuela Palace. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

But it would be a mistake to say the monarchy is in peril, as many international news outlets like to say.

King Juan Carlos, who helped transition Spain to democracy and was once considered untouchable, had to abdicate amid several missteps.

But opinion polls show his son, King Felipe, gets much higher marks. Queen Letizia and Queen Sofia, Don Felipe’s mother, also do well with the public.

King Juan Carlos following Real Madrid in Cardiff, Wales, this month.
King Felipe celebrating FC Barcelona’s victory in the King’s Cup last month.

Polls are all over the place. El Español published a poll in 2016 finding less than 50 percent support for the monarchy but 53 percent support for King Felipe.

An El Mundo poll from 2015 has the monarchy at more than 60 percent. A Metroscopia poll the same year had the King’s approval at more than 80 percent.

Queen Sofia greeting her daughter, Infanta Elena, ahead of the insurance company MAPFRE awards. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

Despite politicians, particularly on the left, bringing up issues like the monarchy, a Spanish Center for Sociological Investigations found most Spaniards are not concerned about it.