• Short Summary

    THE FUTURE KING OF SPAIN, PRINCE JUAN CARLOS DE BOURBON Y BOURNON, TODAY (28 JULY) OPENED HIS HOME AT ZARZUELA PALACE, ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF MADRID, TO PRESSMEN FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE HE WAS SWORN IN AS GENERAL FRANCO'S SUCCESSOR ON WEDNESDAY (23 JULY).

  • Description

    THE FUTURE KING OF SPAIN, PRINCE JUAN CARLOS DE BOURBON Y BOURNON, TODAY (28 JULY) OPENED HIS HOME AT ZARZUELA PALACE, ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF MADRID, TO PRESSMEN FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE HE WAS SWORN IN AS GENERAL FRANCO'S SUCCESSOR ON WEDNESDAY (23 JULY).

    THE 31-YEAR-OLD PRINCE WALKED IN THE GROUNDS WITH HIS WIFE PRINCESS SOPHIA OF GREECE, AND THEIR CHILDREN, PRINCESS ELENA, 5, PRINCESS CRISTINA, 4, AND 18-MONTH-OLD PRINCE FELIPE.

    WHEN PRINCE JUAN CARLOS BECAME HEIR TO THE SPANISH THRONE IT ENDED A CHAPTER IN THE COUNTRY'S HISTORY THAT BEGAN IN 1931, THE YEAR HIS GRANDFATHER, KING ALFONSO XIII, FLED SPAIN TO MAKE WAY FOR THE SECOND REPUBLIC.

    KING ALFONSO ABANDONED THE THRONE WHEN THE MONARCHY LOST POPULAR SUPPORT AND A REPUBLIC WAS PROCLAIMED, FIVE YEARS BEFORE THE CIVIL WAR THAT BROUGHT GENERAL FRANCO TO POWER.

    GENERAL FRANCO MADE HIMSELF KINGMAKER IN 1947 BY THE SUCCESSION LAW, AND IMMEDIATELY PROCLAIMED THAT SPAIN WAS A MONARCHY BUT THAT HE WAS HEAD OF STATE WITH THE POWER TO SELECT THE KING WHO WOULD SUCCEED HIM ON HIS DEATH OR RETIREMENT.

    PRINCE JUAN CARLOS HAS ACCEPTED THE THRONE OVER THE HEAD OF HIS FATHER, THE 56-YEAR-OLD PRETENDER DON JUAN OF BOURBON. DON JUAN, WHO IS AT ODDS WITH GENERAL FRANCO, REFUSED TO RENOUNCE HIS DYNASTIC CLAIM AS THE CHOSEN SON OF KING ALFONSO.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA46UIZJIV4FAGKOEYHS6QMKFJH
    Media URN:
    VLVA46UIZJIV4FAGKOEYHS6QMKFJH
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/07/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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