• Short Summary

    PRINCE JUAN CARLOS OF BOURBON YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) ACCEPTED HIS MANDATE AS GENERAL FRANCO'S SUCCESSOR AN FUTURE KING OF SPAIN.

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    PRINCE JUAN CARLOS OF BOURBON YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) ACCEPTED HIS MANDATE AS GENERAL FRANCO'S SUCCESSOR AN FUTURE KING OF SPAIN.

    HE WENT WITH GENERAL FRANCO TO THE CORTES--SPAIN'S NATIONAL ASSEMBLY TO SWEAR ALLEGIANCE TO THE GENERAL, TO THE PRINCIPLES OF FRANCO'S NATION MOVEMENT, AND TO THE CONSTITUTION.

    EARLIER IN THE DAY, OFFICIALS HAD CALLED TO MAKE THE FORMAL OFFER OF THE SUCCESSION TO THE PRINCE AT HIS ZAZUELA PALACE RESIDENCE OUTSIDE MADRID, WHERE HE RECEIVED THEM IN THE PRESENCE OF HIS WIFE, PRINCESS SOPHIA OF GREECE, HIS TWO YOUNG DAUGHTERS AND HIS BABY SON.

    HIS NOMINATION HAD BEEN APPROVED OVERWHELMINGLY IN THE CORTES THE PREVIOUS EVENING. THE 76-YEAR-OLD CHIEF OF STATE--WHO ONCE SAID HE LOVE THE PRINCE AS IF HE WERE HIS OWN SON--MADE AN EMOTION-CHARGED SPEECH IN WHICH HE SAID: "IN THE COURSE OF THE LAST 20 YEARS HE HAS BEEN PERFECTLY PREPARED FOR THE HIGH MISSION TO WHICH HE COULD BE CALLED." GENERAL FRANCO SAID, AMID LOUD APPLAUSE, THAT THE MONARCHY WOULD BE "AN INSTALLATION AND NOT A RESTORATION". IF HE HAD DIED WITHOUT NAMING A SUCCESSOR, HE ADDED HE WOULD HAVE EXPOSED SPAIN TO UNFORESEEN DISASTER AND DELAYS IN THE NAMING OF A KING OR REGENT. HIS MOVE WOULD GUARANTEE CONTINUITY.

    THE SUCESSION LAW VOTED BY THE CORTES EXPLAINS NOW PRINCE JUAN CARLOS MUST BE PROCLAIMED KING WITHIN EIGHT DAYS WHEN FRANCO DIES OR RETIRES. UNTIL THEN, HE WILL HOLD THE TITLE "PRINCE OF SPAIN."
    THE 31-YEAR-OLD PRINCE HAS BY-PASSED THE CLAIMS OF HIS FATHER, 56-YEAR-OLD SPANISH PRETENDER DON JUAN OF BOURBON, WHO IS SAID TO ADVOCATE A DYNASTIC, DEMOCRATIC TYPE MONARCHY, IN OPPOSITION TO GENERAL FRANCO ??? VIEW.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA25PMY0RRVF4LW8I1QSZYYM3LA
    Media URN:
    VLVA25PMY0RRVF4LW8I1QSZYYM3LA
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/07/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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