AFTER a spate of abdications of late in Europe it was perhaps no surprise when Spain’s King Juan Carlos called it a day.
After all his popularity rating has sunk to an all time low as his family has become embroiled in a series of scandals.
In Britain however, a rush of popularity for William and Kate and Prince Harry, has put serious pressure on the Queen to take a hint from other vacating elderly monarchs and make way for the younger generation.
It is strange that although two thirds of Spaniards are demanding a referendum, only 36% said they would get rid of the monarchy in a vote.
Perhaps we don’t want to scrap Europe’s monarchies after all and all we really need is younger monarchs.
Ones that can keep up with our smart-phone, celebrity-fuelled society.