Juan Carlos signed the bill at a ceremony in the Royal Palace in Madrid, which was attended by 160 guests. At midnight local time Felipe will become king although the event will not be marked in public until Thursday morning. The succession was endorsed by both of Spain’s main political parties.
19 June 2014
- 9.30 – King Juan Carlos imposes the sash of Captain General on his son at Palacio de la Zarzuela
- 10 – King Felipe, dressed in the gala uniform of the Army, Queen Letizia, the Princess of Asturias and the Infanta Sofia leave La Zarzuela Palace.
- 10.30 – Representatives of the Three Armies pay military honours to the new King. After being greeted by the authorities at the door of lions the family enters the Congress and the Proclamation begins. At the Ceremony Don Felipe will swear as King and deliver a speech outlining his intentions for his reign. Once the Proclamation is over the King, Queen, Princess of Asturias and the Infanta Sofia will preside a military parade from the stairs of the Door of Lions.
- 11.30 – The new King and Queen will travel through the following streets – Paseo del Prado, calle Alcalá, Gran Vía, Plaza de España and Plaza de Oriente – by car. Once they arrive at the Palace there will be a balcony appearance. The King, the Queen, the Princess of Asturias, the Infanta Sofia, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia will take part.
- 13 – Reception at the Royal Palace
The award is being given in recognition of the Queen’s commitment and dedication to caring for those most in need. The award is being conferred by the Path to Peace Foundation, an autonomous arm of Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations. Past recipients of the prestigious award include former UN chief Kofi Annan, former Philippine President Corazon Aquino and Polish politician Lech Walesa. (Photos by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
Queen Elizabeth II meets Pope Francis for the first time on 3 April 2014 on a visit that coincides with the anniversary of the start of the Falklands War between Britain and Argentina. Previously, Elizabeth II had met with four Pontiffs, starting with Pius XII in 1951, a year before her accession to the throne. The queen has visited the Vatican twice during her reign, once to meet John XXIII in 1961 and again in 2000 to see John Paul II, and met Benedict XVI in Britain, during his Apostolic Visit in September 2010.
Pope Francis presented the Queen with a priceless gift for Prince George at the Vatican. The orb made from lapis lazuli semi-precious stone featuring a silver cross of St Edward the Confessor was given to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to pass on to her heir. This was accompanied by a manuscript dating back to 1679 proclaiming the saint day of Edward the Confessor. The Pope explained “it’s for the little boy” as he handed the gifts over. The ornament – made especially for the occasion – featured an inscription saying: “From Pope Francis to Prince George of Cambridge.” Prince Philip was delighted with his gift from the Pope – three gold medals bearing the Pontiff’s face. He joked: “That’s very kind of you, that’s the only gold medal I have ever won.” In a friendly exchange they presented two signed pictures of themselves in silver frames and a hamper of goodies from the Royal Estates.
40 years on the throne, 40 years serving Sweden
The King’s 40th jubilee is being commemorated at several of our royal palaces. At Gripsholm Castle, there will be a cavalcade of images depicting King Carl XVI Gustaf’s forty eventful years as King of Sweden and Head of State. This year’s main exhibition at the Royal Palace of Stockholm will open on 13 September, depicting King Carl XVI Gustaf’s forty eventful years as King of Sweden and Head of State, in the palace’s Hall of State and the magnificent Royal Apartments. In 1973, at the age of just 27, the then Crown Prince Carl Gustaf ascended to the throne. He thereby became the world’s youngest king, in one of the world’s oldest monarchies. This year, King Carl XVI Gustaf has been Sweden’s Head of State for 40 years.
King Carl XVI Gustaf:
One of the best things about significant years is that they provide the opportunity to look forwards as well as backwards. Forty years is a very long time, and so much has happened. I was a relatively young man of 27 when I ascended to the throne, and I saw the world through the eyes of a 27-year-old. Now, 40 years later, I have a certain amount of experience to draw on. And the world around us has changed on many levels and in many different ways; even in terms of the proximity of the immediate family circle, in Sweden and in the world. It is sometimes said in jest that everything was so much better before, but that simply isn’t true. In many ways, the world has become a better place in which to live for most people, but there is still a great deal of poverty and need in the world.
I have tried to live according to my motto by being sensitive to the currents in society, and to the demands, needs and expectations placed on a monarch with the times. For me, it’s a matter of living in harmony with developments in Sweden and the whole of the ever-changing world that we are a part of.
Princess Madeleine of Sweden, Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Prince Daniel of Sweden, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Queen Silvia of Sweden and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden attend the opening of the Exhibition ’40 years on the throne serving Sweden’ at The Royal Palace on September 13, 2013 in Stockholm.