King Emeritus Juan Carlos I will be at the oath of the Constitution by his granddaughter, the Princess of Asturias, Leonor de Borbón, on October 31. It will not be in the institutional act, which will be held in the hemicycle of the Congress, but in the family celebration, of a private nature, which will take place in the afternoon at the palace of El Pardo.
The King's House has confirmed this Friday that the heiress of the Crown, Leonor de Borbón, will swear the Constitution on October 31, the date on which she reaches the age of majority, in a solemn session of the Congress and the Senate in the Palace of the Cortes, of the Madrid Carrera de San Jerónimo. The date was confirmed at a meeting held this Thursday at the initiative of the president of the Congress, Francina Armengol, attended by the president of the Senate, Pedro Rollán, and representatives of the Government and La Zarzuela.
After the act in Congress, Leonor de Borbón is expected to travel to the Royal Palace, to receive there the collar of the Order of Carlos III – the princess already has the Golden Fleece – in a solemn act in the presence of representatives of the high powers of the State, who will then attend a lunch offered by the Kings.
After the institutional acts in the Congress and the Royal Palace, as reported by La Zarzuela, a family event will be held at the El Pardo palace, of a private nature, which will include the Royal Family, the King's family and the Queen's family, which includes the King emeritus, expatriated since August 2020 in Abu Dhabi. This will be the first act of the Royal Family attended by Juan Carlos I since he left Spain, although he has already made three private visits and it is expected that next week he will make the fourth, always with the aim of participating in regattas at the Club Náutico de Sanxenxo (Pontevedra).
Photo gallery: The military instruction of Leonor de Borbón
The act of oath of the Princess of Asturias is a symbol of the dynastic continuity of the Monarchy. As of October 31, when she turns 18, Eleanor of Bourbon will be able to automatically ascend the throne in case her father is missing; without needing, as happens while he is a minor, to mediate a regency. The uncertain result of the elections of July 23 and the ghost of the electoral repetition cast a shadow of doubt on the date of the oath, given the possibility that the Cortes were dissolved on October 31, but the date set for the investiture of Alberto Núñez Feijóo, which will be voted for the first time on the 27th, guarantees that the dissolution of the Chambers will not occur in the worst case until the end of November.
As his daughter will do now, Felipe VI swore the Constitution on January 30, 1986, the same day he turned 18. Article 61.2 of the Constitution states that "the Crown Prince, upon reaching the age of majority, shall take the same oath [faithfully perform his functions, uphold and ensure the observance of the Constitution and the laws and respect the rights of citizens and of the Autonomous Communities], as well as that of fidelity to the King, in the presence of his parents and sisters and representatives of the high institutions of the State in a joint session and solemn of the Congress and the Senate."
The Princess of Asturias began her military training at the Academy of Zaragoza on September 17 and has already completed the basic training module for the combatant, which has included 10-day exercises in the neighboring San Gregorio Maneuver Field (Zaragoza). It is expected that on October 7 he will swear the flag in a public ceremony at the military teaching center attended by the Kings.
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