|King of Spain (more...)|
|Reign||19 June 2014 – present|
|Enthronement||19 June 2014|
|Predecessor||Juan Carlos I|
|Prime Minister||Mariano Rajoy|
30 January 1968 |
Nuestra Señora de Loreto Clinic, Madrid, Spain
|Spouse||Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano (m. 2004)|
|Issue||Leonor, Princess of Asturias
You will find in me a loyal head of state who is ready listen and understand, warn and advise as well as to defend the public interest at all times.
In a unified and diverse Spain, based on the equality of and solidarity between its people, there is room for all of us. And for all of our feelings and sensitivities and our distinct ways of being Spaniards.
The men and women of my generation are heirs to that great collective success which has been admired worldwide and of which we are so proud. It is now up to us to pass it on to the coming generations.
Sincere and generous collaboration is the best way to fulfil the legitimate aspirations of each person and achieve great collective goals for the common good and the general interest.
Our primary objective must be to prevent wars, and when we fail in this, we must protect and assist the innocent victims.
The crown must constantly earn citizens' appreciation, respect and trust.
Spain and the United States share the same values of democracy, liberty and fundamental freedoms.
We must never relent in our efforts to resolve conflicts through diplomacy and through all of the instruments bestowed by the Charter of the United Nations.
Today, more than ever, citizens demand with good reason that moral and ethical principles be upheld and that exemplariness preside over our public life. And the king, as the head of state, must not only be an example but also a servant to that just and legitimate demand of the citizens.
Together, for over 50 years, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia have devoted themselves to Spain.
There must not be favoured treatment for those occupying a position of public responsibility.
I begin my reign with profound emotion at the honour of accepting the Crown, aware of the responsibility it entails and with the greatest hope for the future of Spain.