Previous posts in this discussion:
PostHonoring Queen Elizabeth (Consoly Leon Arias, Spain / Canary, 09/10/22 5:38 am)
The death of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II has plunged not only the United Kingdom, but the whole world into a deep shock, because Elizabeth was a sovereign who knew how to make herself loved and respected by her subjects.
The Queen will always be remembered as one of the best monarchs of all times for her dignity, sense of duty and permanent dedication to the service of the British people.
That is the feeling of thousands of British citizens living in Spain, who crowded at the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Madrid to write words of gratitude and farewell to Elizabeth II in the book of condolences. I added my words as well, to convey my admiration for her historical figure, as well as my condolences and affection to both the Royal Family and the British people.
The Queen's death is a farewell to a symbol with an undeniable historical dimension of poise and representativeness for all the monarchies of the world.
She reigned for 70 years, seeing sixteen Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom pass before her, from Winston Churchill, during the most dramatic period of British history, to the newly appointed premier, Liz Truss.
Even before being crowned as sovereign of the United Kingdom, the monarch had already served her country, assuming public functions during the Second World War, which would mark the strong institutional sense that characterized her entire reign.
Elizabeth II lived acclaimed by her people, even when the Crown fell into disrepute. During these hard times, the Queen knew how to wrap herself in the respect of the majority of the British people, both towards the person of the monarch, as well as towards what the crown that represents the very essence of the nation and the guarantee of its survival.
The British sovereign responded to so many expressions of affection by working tirelessly to rebuild the confidence of the British people in a monarchy embodied in a sign of patriotic identity, pride and tradition.
When it comes to taking stock, Elizabeth II must be recognized for her calm courage in the face of difficulties, without ever letting the situation cloud her conduct. Her work, which was necessarily quiet due to the limitations inherent to the parliamentary model, helped to preserve the unity of her kingdom. Likewise, she tried to maintain spiritual and brotherly ties with the new nations that were emerging from the dying empire.
In short, with Elizabeth II as head of state, the United Kingdom has been able to overcome the successive crises of the fast-paced and unpredictable world we live in, which she managed to navigate without losing any of her personality.
Her death marks the end of one of the longest reigns in history, marking the end of one era and the beginning of another.
Now, her firstborn and successor, who will reign as Charles III, must take on a historic dynastic challenge. He must earn the respect of his people by following the regal example of his mother, the Queen.
As is the tradition in European monarchies, it only remains for me to add:
The Queen is dead. Long live the King!
JE comments: Elizabeth II's 70-year reign is a record we can confidently say will never be broken. Charles III has been preparing for his new job for, gulp, 73 years. No one can accuse him of lacking enough training.
Guess who is 567th in line for the British throne? (Who calculates such things?) That would be Spain's Felipe VI, who called his (very) distant cousin "Aunt Lillibet." Felipe and Charles are both great-great-great grandsons of the mother of all monarchs, Victoria.
Kinship Ties Between Spanish, British Royal Houses
(Consoly Leon Arias, Spain / Canary
09/12/22 4:26 AM)
John E brought up the familial connection between the royal houses of the UK and Spain. Relations between the Spanish and British Royal Families have been excellent since time immemorial.
That is why our handsome monarch, Felipe VI of Bourbon and Greece, is part of the line of succession to the British throne, despite being very far from it.
The only point of diplomatic disagreement between Spain and the UK. has been in Gibraltar for more than 300 years. The Rock--a British appendix in the bull's skin.
With your permission, I will correct a fact John pointed out. The King of Spain, Philip VI, is not the great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria of Great Britain, but of the youngest of her nine children, Princess Beatrice of Battemberg. And at the same time, he is the great-grandson of one of the most loved and admired sovereigns by the Spanish people, Queen Victoria Eugenia.
Because of these family ties, Queen Elizabeth II served as hostess in both visits of the monarchs, Juan Carlos I and Sofia, in April 1986, and the current kings of Spain, Felipe VI and Letizia, in July 2017.
On the other hand, Her Gracious Majesty was duly complimented and entertained in Spain, on the occasion of her state visit in 1987, where she had the opportunity to enjoy in situ the beauty of places such as Seville, Mallorca, Barcelona and Madrid.
In addition, it is worth bearing in mind that Spain is home to a large British community of around 300,000 inhabitants, who enjoy the wonders of Spain. It is also one of the main tourist and holiday destinations for British citizens.
Probably, as a sign of respect to the British people, and especially to those who live among us, governments such as that of the Community of Madrid have decreed three days of official mourning for the death of Elizabeth II.
On the other hand, during her reign, the British sovereign tried to foster good relations between the two countries, through the family ties that united them since ancient times. To see where this kinship comes from, we must go back to Queen Victoria, known as the grandmother of Europe, for the vast genealogy to which she gave rise.
Thus both the kings of Spain, Juan Carlos I and Sofia, as well as Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, are great-great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria.
She had nine children, two of them are: Beatrice of Battenberg, and King Edward VII.
Beatrice of Battenberg had a daughter, Queen Victoria Eugenia of Battenberg (paternal grandmother of King Juan Carlos, and baptismal godmother of King Felipe VI), who met her future husband, King Alfonso XIII, at Buckingham Palace.
From this union was born D. Juan de Borbón y Battenberg, paternal grandfather of King Felipe VI of Spain.
On the other side, King Edward VII begat King George V, who in turn had George VI, father of Queen Elizabeth II.
But that's not all. Queen Sofia of Spain, in turn, is the second niece of the Duke of Edinburgh.
In this case we must go back to King George I of Greece, who had two sons: Constantine and Prince Andrew of Greece.
Constantine had Paul I, father of Sophie of Spain, while Prince Andrew of Greece was the father of the late Philip of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II.
Doña Sofia of Spain's father, Paul I, was a first cousin of George I, grandfather of the Duke of Edinburgh, which made the late husband of Elizabeth II a second uncle of the Spanish queen.
The Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Sofia were second-degree uncle and niece, which in turn makes the mother of the King of Spain second cousin to the already proclaimed King Charles III of the United Kingdom, and the King of Spain, Felipe VI, third cousin to William, Prince of Wales.
In addition, the parents of the Spanish monarch, Felipe VI, are third cousins to each other. All this leaves King Philip VI with a triple bond with Queen Elizabeth II.
On the paternal line, Felipe de Borbón y Grecia is the great-grandson of Queen Victoria Eugenia, granddaughter of Queen Victoria, while on the maternal line the relationship is stronger, as both Queen Sofia's maternal great-grandfather (Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany) and her paternal grandmother (Sophia of Prussia) were grandchildren of Queen Victoria.
This link is even stronger if we take into account that the British Queen's husband, Albert of Saxony, was also the Spanish Queen's great-great-grandfather.
JE comments: This makes your head spin. Suffice to say that Europe's royal houses prefer to keep it in the family. Among all these lineages, I never knew that "Queen Mum" Sofia is a direct descendant of Kaiser Wilhelm.
One picky remark in my defense: I did write that both Felipe VI and Charles III are great-great-great grandsons of Victoria. Count 'em: triple greats.