Sunday, November 22, 2015

Spanish Restoration at 40

Today was the fortieth anniversary of the Restoration of the Spanish Monarchy in the person of King Juan Carlos I (b 1938), who if he had not abdicated last year would now be celebrating his Ruby Jubilee. The Spanish restoration, after 44 years without a King, mercifully brought to a close a brief period (1 Jun 1973-22 Nov 1975) during which the number of reigning European hereditary monarchs had for the first time dropped into the single digits, something that must never be allowed to happen again. With the new King being the brother-in-law of the recently-deposed Constantine II of Greece, the restoration in Spain could be seen as "compensating" for the tragic fall of the Greek monarchy (confirmed via referendum less than a year earlier). Outside of Europe, monarchies had recently fallen in Laos, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Cambodia (restored 1993), and Libya, with predictably disastrous results, and Iran's had less than four more years left. 

King Juan Carlos went on to become a highly popular monarch for most of his reign, his popularity waning only towards its end prompting his abdication, arguably a disturbing precedent for those of us who value Monarchy partly because it is not supposed to be a popularity contest subject to the fickle moods of the public as manipulated by the media. Alas, in the four decades since that glorious day, not one European country has followed Spain's example, and most of the continent remains gripped by republicanism, boring at best, corrupt and traitorous at worst. I pray that one day Europeans will come to their senses, wake up from their politically correct slumber, and restore their Kings! #10IsNotEnough

1 comment:

Michael E. said...

God grant the Kingdom of Spain many blessed years!