Changing of the Guard: Spain Has a New King

Felipe became king after his father, Juan Carlos, abdicated earlier this month. (AP)

Thanks, Patrick!

Another abdication took place and yes, a NEW regime continues to set up camp—in countries worldwide.

I hope Felipe is up for the job. It’s not going to be easy, these next few months with the world in an uproar over everything.

Regardless, I doubt if the king and queen designations will be long for this world. Many of us put no stock in a monarchy any longer.

The People need bow to no man—or woman.  ~ BP

 

Spain’s New King, Felipe VI, Sworn In During Low-Key Ceremony

 

MADRID (AP) — Taking the Spanish throne on Thursday, King Felipe VI sought to inspire his beleaguered countrymen amid troubled economic times and lift patriotic spirits a day after the national team’s humbling exit from the World Cup.

“We are a great nation. Let us believe and trust in ourselves,” Felipe said at his swearing-in ceremony.

Felipe, 46, became monarch after his father Juan Carlos announced his surprise decision to abdicate. The 76-year-old said he was stepping aside after a four-decade reign so younger royal blood could energize the country.

Felipe, and Spain, face plenty of problems. The country is struggling to shrug off a double-dip recession and drive down its 26 percent jobless rate. Scandals have tarnished the royal family and fueled campaigns to abolish the monarchy, while influential groups in some Spanish regions continue to push hard for independence.

Appearing self-assured in a dark military dress uniform, Felipe sought to draw a line under Spain’s recent past, promising “a reinvigorated monarchy for new times.”

Felipe made clear that he intends to restore public trust in the monarchy.

“Today, more than ever, the people rightly demand our public lives be guided by … moral and ethical principles,” he told lawmakers, who shouted “Viva el Rey (Long live the king)!”

Saying he felt the suffering of those whose living standards were hurt by the economic crisis, Felipe urged Spaniards to shun resignation and unleash their ambitions. He said finding jobs for the unemployed was “a priority for society and the government.”

In an oblique reference to separatist groups, Felipe insisted, “We all have our place in this diverse Spain.” He ended his speech by saying “thank you” in three regional Spanish languages — Catalan, Basque and Galician — where independence movements are strongest.

Thousands of people lined the streets of Madrid streets as Felipe and Queen Letizia drove from parliament to the royal palace in an open-topped Rolls-Royce, waving to the crowds. The royal couple’s daughters, Princesses Leonor, 8, and Sofia, 7, accompanied them for most of the day.

Authorities prohibited a demonstration by groups seeking to abolish the monarchy.

The cheering crowds and pageantry provided a welcome distraction as Spaniards reeled from the embarrassment of the national team’s shock defeat by Chile in the World Cup, which ended Spanish hopes of winning a second consecutive title.

Felipe’s inaugural speech came at a ceremony in the country’s parliament, where the 18th-century Spanish crown and 17th-century scepter were on display. Later, a reception for 2,000 guests at the royal palace featured finger foods instead of an elaborate banquet, a deliberately modest touch that acknowledged the financial hardships being endured by many Spaniards.

Juan Carlos, who for most of his reign was held in high esteem for helping steer Spain from a military dictatorship to democracy, drew fierce criticism when he went on a luxurious elephant-hunting safari in Africa two years ago while many Spaniards were losing their jobs.

In another scandal, Juan Carlos’ youngest daughter, Princess Cristina, testified this year in the fraud and money-laundering case engulfing her husband, Inaki Urdangarin.

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More Rats Abandoning Ship: Belgian King Abdicates

But is abdicating to a royal family member any better than the Old World Order? We shall see. Effective July 21st? He’s certainly not wasting any time, is he? Any bets the Lizard Queen is next?

Belgium’s 79-year-old King Albert has announced that he would abdicate in favour of his son, Prince Philippe, in a surprise address to the nation that comes weeks after a woman claiming to be his daughter launched court proceedings to prove her paternity.

King Albert II will be the second European monarch this year to hand over the reins to the next generation, after the abdication of the Netherlands’ Queen Beatrix in April. But while Beatrix was following the tradition of her mother and grandmother, abdications are less common in Belgium, where the royal family is one of the few institutions uniting the French-speaking south and the Flemish-speaking north.

King Albert said he had decided to end his 20-year reign because “my age and health no longer allow me to carry out my duties as I would like to”. Speaking slowly and reading from notes, he told his 11 million subjects that his son Philippe, 53, was “very well prepared” to become the seventh king on 21 July.

It has been a trying year for the Belgian royals. In January, King Albert’s sister-in-law, Queen Fabiola, was accused of trying to shield some of her fortune from inheritance tax.

Then in June, Delphine Boël asked a court to order the king and two of his children to give DNA samples to prove her claim that she is the product of an affair between Albert and an aristocrat.

The jovial and chatty king has proved popular since inheriting the crown after the death of his brother, Baudouin, in 1993. Albert helped mediate when the nation went for 541 days without a government in 2010-11, in part because of the deep divisions between politicians from both sides of Belgium’s linguistic divide.

Whether Prince Philippe is able to maintain that stability could help decide the future unity of the European nation.

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Stopping the Vatican and the Crown; ITCCS Update

Posted on March 26, 2013 by ITCCS (International Tribunal for Crimes of Church and State)

Church actions in five countries mark start of Easter Reclamation Campaign as Queen of England may resign

Brussels:

On the verge of the possible resignation of Elizabeth Windsor as Queen of England, groups in Canada, the United States, England, Ireland and Italy banished the Roman Catholic, Church of England and other churches from their communities as part of an escalating campaign to stop criminal institutions, and arrest their leaders.

The groups staged protests, church occupations and infiltrations of Catholic and Protestant church services. They plan to mobilize even greater numbers for next Easter Sunday.

“The groundswell is finally building because the truth is irrefutable” remarked ITCCS Field Secretary Kevin Annett, who along with Cree activists read and posted the Common Law Court Banishment Order at the main Catholic cathedral in Vancouver, Canada. (see attachments)

“Our campaign is now even forcing the Queen of England to step down because, like the former Pope Benedict, she is personally implicated in crimes against children, and she knows it” .

ITCCS groups in twenty one countries are planning to escalate the reclamation campaign and seize church and Crown property next Easter Sunday, and beyond.

Police forces in these countries will be publicly deputized this week to fulfill their oath of office by assisting the ITCCS enforce the lawful court order of its judicial arm, the International Common Law Court of Justice, of March 5, 2013. This Order commanded the arrest of thirty heads of church and state, including the Queen and the Pope, and banished their organizations from our communities.

Further announcements will be issued this Good Friday, March 29.

Issued 25 March, 2013
ITCCS Central, Brussels

Indigenous members of ITCCS Canada share the truth of Genocide by the Vatican at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Vancouver, Sunday, March 24, 2013 – Cree elder Steemas and Cree-Cowichan activist Shawna Green speak as part of the Easter Reclamation Campaign

ITCCS Serves Holy Rosary Catholic Church the Common Law Court Banishment Proclamation Sunday Morning, March 24th, 2013.

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