Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II and His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark Host a Reception at Fredensborg Slot.

QMII and PHOn Monday, June 2, 2014, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II and His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark hosted a reception, held on the occasion of Prince Henrik’s 80th birthday, at the Orangery at Fredensborg Slot.

During this afternoon’s event a new portrait by Danish artist, Mr. Mikael Melbye, of the lovable prince was unveiled.

Click here to view photos.

Photo courtesy of Kongehuset

News Regarding His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. (VIDEO)

On Monday, June 2, 2014, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon where he “…[met with] young people involved with education work as part of the Learning and Performance network, and view[ed] a short performance of Henry IV by Stratford students…” according to Clarence House.

For more information about today’s visit as well as to view photos please click here.

Juan Carlos I, Rey Constitucional. (VIDEO)

Now that His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain has announced that he will abdicate the throne in favor of his awesome son, His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturias, I suppose now is the perfect time to post this documentary by RTVE entitled, Juan Carlos I, Rey Constitucional.

The program, which originally aired several years ago on the occasion of Juan’s 70th birthday, recounts the old king’s life and reign.

Hasta Luego, Su Majestad! The King Abdicates the Throne!! (VIDEOS)


It has been a rough several years for His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain beginning with the infamous Botswana Affair, his multiple surgeries, the WWF España dumping him as Honorary President, his son-in-law, Mr. Iñaki Urdangarín and his daughter Her Royal Highness Infanta Cristina of Spain’s legal troubles, the growing anti-monarchy demonstrations in Spain, and now… abdication.

This morning the Prime Minister of Spain, Mr. Mariano Rajoy, appeared on Spanish television to announce that His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain has decided to abdicate the throne in favor of his son, His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturias.

Several hours later the old king — in a pre-recorded message — announced to the people of Spain his reasons for stepping down. Here is what he had to say:

“I approach all of you this morning through this message to convey, with great emotion, an important decision and the reasons that lead me to take it.

In my proclamation as King, it’s been nearly four decades, that I assumed the responsibility of serving the general interests of Spain, with the aim of making all citizens the protagonists of their own destiny and our nation a modern democracy, fully integrated into Europe.

I determined then lead the exciting national task that allowed citizens to elect their legitimate representatives and perform this great and positive transformation of Spain both needed.

Today, when I look back, I can not help but feel pride and gratitude to you.

Pride, so much good that we have all gotten over the years.

And, gratitude for the support you have given me during my reign, which began in my youth and in times of great uncertainties and difficulties, a long period of peace, freedom, stability and progress.

True to the political desire of my father, the Count of Barcelona, from whom I inherited the historical legacy of the Spanish monarchy, I wanted to be King of all Spaniards. I have been identified and committed to your aspirations, I have enjoyed with your successes and
I suffered when pain or frustration you have felt. The long and deep economic crisis we have left serious scars on the social fabric but also we are showing a course of future full of hope.

These difficult years have allowed us to make a self-critical assessment of our mistakes and our shortcomings as a society.

And, as a counterweight also rekindled proud of what we have learned and awareness and we do what we have been and are: a great nation. This has aroused in us an impulse for renewal, to improve, to correct errors and make way for a decidedly better future.

In forging this future, a new generation seeks a just cause the title role, the same that corresponded at a crucial juncture in our history to the generation to which I belong.

Today should move to the first line a younger generation, with new energy, determined to embark resolutely transformations and reforms that the current situation is demanding and cope with renewedadiosjuan intensity and dedication of the challenges of tomorrow.

My only ambition has always been and will continue to contribute to the welfare and progress in freedom of all Spaniards.

I want the best for Spain, to which I have devoted my entire life and in whose service I have put all my skills, my enthusiasm and my work.

My son Felipe, heir to the throne, embodies stability, which is a hallmark of the monarchy.

Last January when I turned seventy-six years old I considered the moment had arrived to prepare in a few months to give way to one in the best position to secure this stability.

The Prince of Asturias has the maturity, preparation and sense of responsibility necessary to assume full guarantees the Head of State and open a new era of hope in which the experience and the drive to a
new generation combined. For it will, I am sure, with the support you will always have of Princess Letizia.

Therefore, guided by the conviction of providing the best service to the Spanish people and once recovered both physically and in my institutional activity, I have decided to end my reign and abdicate the Crown of Spain, so that the Government and the Parliament is provided to the effectiveness of succession in accordance with constitutional provisions.

So this morning I have officially informed the Prime Minister.

I wish to express my gratitude to the Spanish people, all people who have incarnated the powers and state institutions during my reign and all who have helped me with generosity and loyalty to fulfill my duties.

And my gratitude to the Queen, whose cooperation and generous support have never failed me.”

And, with that… Adiós, Juan Carlos! Your reign, specifically within the past few years, has been nothing but pure comedy gold (at least for me that is).

Long live His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain!

His Majesty’s message to the people of Spain

Prime Minster Rajoy’s announcement