King Juan Carlos Announces Abdication

  June 2, 2014 at 8:32 am by

The King of Spain, Juan Carlos I, has today announced his abdication.

“A new generation must be at the forefront…younger people with new energies,” the King said in a television speech this afternoon, “Prince Felipe has the maturity and preparation to be king.”

The news was initially announced by Prime Minister Rajoy, in a surprise press conference. “King Juan Carlos has just communicated to me his will to give up the throne.   I’m convinced this is the best moment for change,” the Prime Minister said.

He will be succeeded by his only son, Felipe, the Prince of Asturias. A specific date for the change-over has not been announced, as the Spanish cabinet must meet to determine exactly how the abdication will take place as it is not specified in Spanish law.

King Juan Carlos has been King of Spain since 1975, following the death of General Franco.

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5 Responses to King Juan Carlos Announces Abdication

  1. Lady Daphne says:

    Princess Letizia is the most beautiful, stunning and well dressed of all European Royals. As Queen Letizia, wow, I can hardly wait.

  2. Dilip Ghose says:

    Your Majesty well done, great innings! Wishing you & the Queen all the very best.
    Best wishes to Prince Felipe. I had seen him in Madrid at a school picking up his children , a few years ago. He will be a good King.

  3. Maggie says:

    Looking forward to the new reign Of King Felipe and Queen Letizia.What an exciting time for European royals as the new generations continue to start afresh.God Bless and protect you all.



  5. Maria Garofalo says:

    I am sure that Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia will represent Spain well. It will be very interesting to watch what the future has in storage. They are both , modern , well educated , and wish both of them Great successes Health and Happiness ,and their daughters. Congratulations.
    Definitely a very exciting and challenging time for all young Royals, of all Europe.
    Maria Garofalo

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