Televisión Española Rekindles King Juan Carlos’ “Most Difficult Day”
It is the event that would probably what many Spaniards attribute as King Juan Carlos’ most outstanding action as a monarch. On the 23rd of February 1981, some 200 members of the Guardia Civil stormed the Congreso de los Diputados and staged a coup while Congress was in the process of electing a new Prime Minister. The coup was a failure however, as King Juan Carlos, dressed in his uniform as commander-in-chief, gave a nationally televised address upholding the Constitution and democracy and denouncing the actions of the soldiers and their leaders.
This act built up Juan Carlos’ legacy as defender of Spanish democracy. Twenty-eight years later, Televisión Española tries to recapture the events leading to this fateful day through its miniseries aptly entitled El día más difícil del Rey. The series, which will soon be broadcasting its final episode, features actors Lluís Homar as the King, Mónica López as Queen Sofía, Manel Barceló as Antonio Tejero (one of the leaders of the coup), and is directed by Silvia Quer.
In the TVE page on the miniseries, the channel also offers other video footage of 23-F, interviews with key personalities, and recollections of Spanish citizens as events unfolded on that day.Filed under Spain
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