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?
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
Doña Cristina has been acquitted of fraud complicity. Cristina who? Nobody. Just the sixth in the line of succession to the Spanish throne. The first ever of Spain’s royal family to be tried in court.
If found guilty, she may face up to eight years in jail
For good or bad there’s never a dull moment in the land of toros, playa and paella!
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.
I would like to say my piece, and I hope your site will let me, on the Spanish monarchy that’s now going
By Rose Maramba
Photos: Inauguration of the the Antonio López Exhibition, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid