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Offline CHRISinUSA

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Re: King Juan Carlos & Queen Sofia of Spain
« Reply #375 on: June 03, 2014, 07:11:03 AM »
Assuming that the republicans do not prevail and Felipe is proclaimed King, where will the new monarchs likely live?  Is it more likely that Juan Carlos and Sophia move out of Zarzuela to make way for their successors, or it is a better bet that Felipe and Letizia take up residence at El Pardo or another royal residence?

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Re: King Juan Carlos & Queen Sofia of Spain
« Reply #376 on: June 03, 2014, 11:39:20 AM »
Assuming that the republicans do not prevail and Felipe is proclaimed King, where will the new monarchs likely live?  Is it more likely that Juan Carlos and Sophia move out of Zarzuela to make way for their successors, or it is a better bet that Felipe and Letizia take up residence at El Pardo or another royal residence?

Felipe and Letizia will stay in their current home.

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Re: King Juan Carlos & Queen Sofia of Spain
« Reply #377 on: June 04, 2014, 03:15:25 PM »
Assuming that the republicans do not prevail and Felipe is proclaimed King, where will the new monarchs likely live?  Is it more likely that Juan Carlos and Sophia move out of Zarzuela to make way for their successors, or it is a better bet that Felipe and Letizia take up residence at El Pardo or another royal residence?

Felipe and Letizia will stay in their current home.

Thanks - I see in the press that palace insiders are also saying they will remain at the Prince's Pavilion.  But I can't help but wonder if that is merely temporary?  It certainly makes sense for them to remain at the Zarzuela complex (given the vast investment in infrastructure spent there over the past few decades to make it suitable as a base of the King).  But while Zarzuela Palace is arguably the smallest / most humble residence among Europe's crowned heads, the Prince's Pavilion is even smaller!  It hardly seems sufficient to support the household and functions of the monarch - even assuming audiences and councils will take place at the adjoining main palace.

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Re: King Juan Carlos & Queen Sofia of Spain
« Reply #378 on: June 06, 2014, 05:18:18 PM »
It's sort of sad things had to end this way for Juan Carlos. He was the man who succeeded Franco and brought democracy back to Spain and stopped a military coup. the Spainish people owe a debt of thanks for this.

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Re: King Juan Carlos & Queen Sofia of Spain
« Reply #379 on: June 08, 2014, 11:59:45 AM »
It's sort of sad things had to end this way for Juan Carlos. He was the man who succeeded Franco and brought democracy back to Spain and stopped a military coup. the Spainish people owe a debt of thanks for this.

It is sad that it happened like that but on the other hand, there were problems and he does look old and tired.

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Re: King Juan Carlos & Queen Sofia of Spain
« Reply #380 on: June 18, 2014, 06:55:24 PM »
It's official. King Juan Carols has abdicated. You can watch the ceremony here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmGYEF9A8K8