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King Felipe looks back at Constitution’s 40th anniversary and says to “proudly value who we are”

Recorded at Zarzuela Palace, King Felipe addressed the Spanish people on Christmas Eve; he sent warm wishes to the Spanish people on behalf of himself, the Queen, Princess Leonor, and Infanta Sofía.

His Majesty remarked that his family wanted “to wish you a Merry Christmas and hope that all your dreams and aspirations come true in 2019.”

He next took time to remember those in economic hardships, as well as those with personal and social issues saying that “our thoughts and hearts are with you.” He added that “our greatest wish is for you to overcome these circumstances as soon as possible.”

The King went on to focus on coexistence and democracy and condemned violence, adding that people should commit to eradicating “it from our lives.”

King Felipe also focused on 2018 being the year of the 60th anniversary of the Spanish Constitution, reflecting back to when Spain transitioned from the Franco dictatorship into democracy when Felipe’s father, King Juan Carlos took the throne upon the dictator’s death.

Spaniards “were all united by a very clear objective: democracy and freedom in Spain,” he said. He said those alive during those times “know very well that if there is one that defined them, it was the value of working together and in a team.”

His Majesty also remarked about young people and their technology and workforce challenges, and he went on again to mention coexistence once again saying that it is “based on consideration and respect for people, ideas and the rights of others, which requires us to take care of and strengthen the deep bonds that unite us and that must always unite all Spaniards.”

He also said that it “demands respect for the Constitution.” The King added that coexistence “is the greatest heritage that we Spaniards have.”

King Felipe closed his remarks stating:

“Let’s move forward with this hope and confidence in the future. With courage and without stopping. Because we can do all do a lot for the common good, and surpass ourselves every day; doing our part and supporting those who meet their obligations; encouraging those who need it – without leaving anyone behind – and contributing all our strength to the desire for an ever-better, because we, Spaniards, deserve it.”

Lastly, His Majesty wished all Spaniards “a very Merry Christmas. Feliz Navidad.”

You can read a full English translation here.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.