Despite his abdication, King Juan Carlos still performed a few official duties such as attending cultural events and historic commemorations. He was very much present during last year's celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Spanish Constitution. That constitution provided the framework for Spain's highly successful transition from dictatorship to parliamentary democracy. Come 2 June, however, he will no longer attend even the most transcendental and emotive of public celebrations
If there is anything that is common to many media reports, it is that the reign of King Juan Carlos of Spain was well worth it.
The speculations on whether or not King Juan Carlos was abdicating reached fever pitch when he became visibly frail. But it seems definite he’s not stepping down — which is good for the country.
THE royal letter, from king to king: “A year ago, I spoke to you of my wish and desire to withdraw from institutional functions. Now, guided by the conviction to provide the best service to the Spaniards, their institutions, and to you as King, I am informing you of my well-considered decision to leave Spain at this point.” But what about the wife?
Daughters of the American Revolution, España Chapter: "Patriot´s Day -- September 11th -- is the moment to get together for a remembrance ceremony 17 years after the 9/11 attacks. But as the Day falls on a Tuesday it is more practical for all those who could accompany us to meet on Sunday the 16th. As in previous years, we will meet at the Parque Juan Carlos I - at the site where the American Embassy planted 10 red oaks brought from the US on the 10th anniversary of the attack on the Twin Towers."
Pamper yourself royally. Come to the parador where Charles V, once upon a time the world’s most powerful emperor, dwelt.
Having bestowed their approval on Felipe VI, his people were anxious to hear what he had to say in his first Christmas speech which – relief! – went over big with the audiences.
¡Viva España. Viva el Rey! (A blog on the day Felipe VI was proclaimed king by the joint session of the Spanish parliament)
Micahel Douglas and wife Diandra in Mallorca supervising the renovation of their newly acquired “dream house”// Spanish tenor Placido Domingo opening the glittering homage to Dame Magot Fonteyn at London’s Covent Garden; enthusiastic in their applause were Diana, the Princess of Wales, and Princess Margaret.// Paco Rabanne presenting his latest collection at Madrid’s fashionable Joy Eslava. //Spain’s Infanta Cristina celebrating her 25th birthday in New York and missing her uncle’s (ex King Constantine of Greece) 50th birthday party in London. Some 600 guests attended, including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, the Prince and Princess of Wales, and Constantine’s sister and brother-in-law Queen Sofia and King Juan Carlos I of Spain. . .