THE abdication of King Juan Carlos will become official this Wednesday, June 18, when the king will sign the abdication law.

The law is being debated by the Senate this afternoon and is expected to pass smoothly with more than 90% support.

Once the king and Prime Minister Rajoy sign the law into effect this Wednesday, Juan Carlos will have officially renounced his claim to the throne, ending the nearly 40 year reign which oversaw the transition from Franco’s dictatorship.

The following Thursday, June 19 – what the Spanish press is calling the ‘día grande’ – Juan Carlos’s son Felipe VI will be proclaimed king.

After the proclamation ceremony in the Spanish Parliament, the new king will parade through the streets of Madrid, ending at the Palacio Real, where he will reunite with his father to salute the people of Spain.

A celebration reception – where over 2,000 guests are expected to attend – will follow.

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