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Old 05-27-2019, 01:31 PM
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King Juan Carlos Retires from Public Life - May 2019

The Royal House announces that King Juan Carlos is retiring from official activity, starting on June 2, five years after his abdication.

https://www.abc.es/espana/casa-real/...4_noticia.html

http://www.casareal.es/sitios/listas...n%20Carlos.pdf
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Old 05-27-2019, 01:36 PM
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Queen Juliana -or her office- published a simular letter upon her 90th birthday IIRC.

Let's hope the free time will enable the king to focus on the things that are the most important to him.

With the king retiring it seems that there is only one working royal left in the family, next to the king and queen. Perhaps a pity that the infanta Elena was swept aside.
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Old 05-27-2019, 01:37 PM
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The old king looked very feeble and frail at the funeral of Grand Duke Jean earlier this month.
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Did JC do that many institutional events recently? Ok a few come to my mind but I guess we'll still see him at Formula One, Bullfighting or fancy restaurants.

Now Queen Sofia, the most popular member of the SRF, will have the 'I'm still important' stage all for herself
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King Juan Carlos does well to retire and take advantage to do the things he likes while still having some health.
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Did JC do that many institutional events recently? Ok a few come to my mind but I guess we'll still see him at Formula One, Bullfighting or fancy restaurants.

Now Queen Sofia, the most popular member of the SRF, will have the 'I'm still important' stage all for herself
Other than bullfights and car racing his events have been few and far between,I'm sure queen Sofia will continue as the power behind the throne.
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Well, Juan Carlos didn't seem to do many royal engagements by the end of it so I'm not surprised by this announcement.
Do bull fighting matches etc count as official engagements? I'm curious because I can imagine him still attending them out of leisure, but not sure if they'd be included in the calendar.
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Other than bullfights and car racing his events have been few and far between,I'm sure queen Sofia will continue as the power behind the throne.
And those aren't 'institutional events', so I don't expect him to cease attending the activities he enjoys and expect he will be shown the same courtesy as always and not been treated like an ordinary citizen.

So, an unexpected move but I wonder whether the difference will be that big in practice. What institutional events are coming up for example? Is there a celebration of 5 year kingship of Felipe that he will be missing out on this way?
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I can't think of any upcoming major family events or celebrations ,king Juan Carlos probably wouldn't attend anyways!
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I'd say his main institutional responsibility was attending inaugurations of Latin-American heads of state, so I wonder who will take that on. Queen Sofia, queen Letizia or will they ask Elena to come back and support her brother as it wasn't such a good idea to be depended upon only 4 people of whom one clearly had health issues and two are way passed retirement aga.
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Queen Juliana -or her office- published a simular letter upon her 90th birthday IIRC.

Let's hope the free time will enable the king to focus on the things that are the most important to him.

With the king retiring it seems that there is only one working royal left in the family, next to the king and queen. Perhaps a pity that the infanta Elena was swept aside.

The obvious solution would be to bring Elena back and assign her some official royal work, but maybe the problem is that the King cannot reinstate Elena as a working royal while Cristina remains an outcast, or can he ?



I agree that three working royals only are probably not enough for a country of the size of Spain.
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Given that king Juan Carlos performed only a handful of duties per annum I don't see any reason as to why Elena cannot take these over she has from time to time performed some official duties on behalf of her brother the King .

It would make sense as queen Sofia is getting older and it will be many years before Leonor/Sofia take on anything official.
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Actually his institutional activity was minimal, his absence will not be a difference.

Sporting events only occasionally, when they deliver the trophy ot it is a final, are considered official acts. Only two bullfights are usually on the official agenda, those organized in Madrid by the Press Association and a Charity bullfight.

Since the summer, Juan Carlos was not expected to continue attending the changes of president in Latin America. In case the King or before the Prince does not attend, the representation is made by the Presidents of the Congress or the Senate, who are the second and third political authorities of the country.

So most of the events he goes to are private, this often creates confusion in public opinion ... now it will be clear that everything is private.

Elena is no longer King's daughter, as King's sister she is not part of the Royal Family and therefore she can not work for the Crown full-time (also if she works for the Crown she could not work for the company where she works). The King does not have the capacity to change that. The King can ask that his sister occasionally represent him in some events, but they are events of little institutional weight.

The weight of the agenda is carried by King Felipe and Queen Letizia. Even most of Sofia's events are related to her own social interests ... and they would be dispensable without big problems, because Queen Letizia is not going to continue with them because she has her own.
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Once Queen Sofia retires or is forced to retire there will be more pressure on King and Queen and their daughters, especially Leonor, to become more prominent in the royal agenda. Sofia is 80 years old and seems in good health but not everybody is like QEII and Prince Philip, still active well past 90.
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Hopefully that won't be for another few years

How ever I would like to see the Infanta Elena taking on a few more duties on behalf of the king .
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This doesn’t come as a surprise. We hardly saw the king conduct any official duties in recent years. Also, he looked very frail at GD Jean’s funeral.
I think it’s a good move, and I hope King Juan Carlos enjoys his final years, doing what pleases him
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I think he's really right. He deserves a tranquil life now so to enjoy life.
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As I said, I think King Juan Carlos did well. He has some health problems and the last few times he appeared gave him to realize that he is very fragile. This was a very smart decision but it should not have been anything easy to take.
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I also think it was a good decision on the part of Juan Carlos and, as others have said, it’s not as if he’s had so many events lately anyway.

I would expect Sofia to continue carrying out events on a limited basis, (it’s not as if she does a huge number, either), as she’s physically much less frail than Juan Carlos. At some point, though, she will need to wind down due to failing health or frailty.

I don’t think that means Elena will be called upon to take on more royal work. Hopefully by the time Sofia can’t carry out official duties, Leonor will be at the age and stage in her royal education that she will be able to take on more, obviously worked around school and university at first. If there is a gap between Sofia winding down and Leonor winding up then Felipe and Letizia will have to increase their workload, at least for a few years. Looking at the royal calendar over the course of a few months, (any few months), shows that Letizia, in particular, has room to take on more public engagements without undue difficulty.
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About time,no surpise here,
Now with only 3 members of RF fully active brinhing back Princess Elena would be usuful i can't see the King and Queen managing alone espacially Queen Sofia is not gztting any younger.
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