Proclamación del rey Felipe VI, by Joaquín González Dorao
A couple of weeks ago, the Spaniards awoke with the news that king Juan Carlos abdicated; perhaps you remember this post that was written in that time about the spontaneous reaction on the streets of the main cities in the country. Since then, the events have gone incredibly fast, and within the same month his son Felipe has been crowned as the new king of Spain. Given this opportunity, some members of USk Spain submitted sketches showing different points of view, in order to upload a collective post regarding this issue.
The proclamation of Felipe VI took place last 19th of june. As it is usual in old Europe, a parade was held trough the streets of Madrid, following a path that joined the Congress and the royal palace. It included the mounted royal guard, and the new king traveled on the same Rolls-Royce that carried the former one when he was crowned; the scene closely resembled that of 39 years ago. Nevertheless, a fine observer might have noticed a shorter turnout in the recent one, a symptom that the society is less enthusiastic about monarchy than in the optimistic times when Spain had launched its brand new democratic system again, whose simbol for many was the king Juan Carlos.
Proclamación de Felipe VI, by Patrizia Torres
In fact, elder Spaniards have had the chance to experience in their lives the Second Republic -violently interrupted by the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), the subsequent general Franco's dictatorship, and the newborn democracy from 1975 to this date. As was the case of Patrizia Torres's father, that followed the event by TV, as can be seen in the previous sketch..
Since then, much hope has been put on the figure of the king as a symbol of the coexistence of different political options within Spanish society. But lately, an increasing feeling of disappointment has aroused, partly due to the crisis and worsened by the polemic behavior of some members of the royal family, including the king himself... every fairy tale has a dark side.
So the picture would not be complete at all if we did not mention the protests against monarchy that had been held recently, and that have been severely controlled by the police during the crowning event. Its main feature has been the three-colored striped flag from the II Republic, that in this moment hangs from many balconies in private homes all through the country, claiming for a referendum that could allow all citizents to choose between republic and monarchy.
III República en los balcones, by Inma Serrano