What do you think: Should Queen Elizabeth II pass the crown to Charles?

King Juan Carlos + Prince Charles

After King Juan Carlos’ big announcement last week, talks of other monarchies following suit continue to buzz across all royal houses. Now it’s come out that King Juan Carlos prefers his son have a chance, obviously putting other monarchies in the hot seat as to their fates…

Royal Rewind: Week of June 6, 2014

 

QE II + Q M of DenmarkNote: Let’s skip to the good stuff. If you want day-by-day rundowns of what the royals around the world were up to this past week, this site is far better at keeping up than I am.

This week in Royal news…

The Queen celebrated her coronation anniversary the same day King Juan Carlos announced abdication.

The Danish Royal Family celebrated Prince Consort Henrik’s 80th birthday.

The Queen opened Parliament.

Crown Princess Victoria presented the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

King Carl XVI Gustaf attended veteran ceremony.

Prince Felipe spoke at ‘Marques de Viana’ Awards.

King Filip of Belgium met with President Barack Obama.

The British Royals paid respect for D-Day in Normandy along with various other royalty from around the world. (Including QEII and Queen Margrethe of Denmark, pictured above.)

Around the web…

Grace Kelly’s life in photos.

A thorough examination of Prince Harry’s love life; Past, present, and perhaps, future.

Queen Maxima and Obama seemed to hit it off.

This selfie will never get old.

Hashtag for Princess Leonore’s christening is set. (Yes, that sentence says exactly what I intended.)

Pump. The. Breaks.

After 39 Years on the Throne, King Juan Carlos I Announces Abdication

SPAIN-POLITICS-ROYALS-ABDICATIONWhile most were transfixed to their television screens last night watching the fictional Game of Thrones, those on the Spanish court were preparing the announcement of the latest move of their own throne.

King Juan Carlos AbdicationAdmittedly a shock to most royal watchers, King Juan Carlos I had been swimming in more and more controversy as of late, and abdication had been a topic of more discussion.

SPAIN-POLITICS-ROYALS-ABDICATIONOn the heels of the abdication of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in January of 2013, and King Albert II of Belgium in July of 2013, some think this is becoming a trend. Going out ‘on top.’

Though many Swedes reportedly wish their King–King Carl XVI Gustaf–to do the same, it’s quite unlikely. He is still young (68), respectively, and Crown Princess Victoria still has a young, growing family.

Crown Prince Frederik is known as ‘the reluctant King,’ so I think the same is to be said for the Danish royals–not just yet.

As for Queen Elizabeth II, as much as Prince Charles may have urged his mother to relinquish the throne to him in the past, I think he has accepted the fact that she will stick to what she had said more than 65 years ago on her 21st birthday:

“I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and to the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”

As pointed out by many on Twitter, every heir (aside from CP Victoria) will soon be under 12 years old, except for England, where the heir is nearly 70.

Nonetheless, an exciting day for royal news, especially soon-to-be King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia*!

*Queen Consort