“The informal role of the monarch in supporting democracy has also been shared, to some degree, with a larger and more influential privy council, and especially with its president. Consequently, future monarchical succession should see considerable continuity and stability”.
“Network monarchy developed considerable influence, but never achieved the conditions for domination. Instead, the palace was obliged to work with and through other political institutions, primarily the elected parliament”.
” Constitutional monarchs embody and represent the legitimate constitutional authority of the state, performing ceremonial and official functions in which the identity and authority of the state as such, rather than that of the incumbent government, is emphasized”.
“Since the Second World War the Dutch royal family started actively positioning themselves as “open”, “modern” and “ordinary”, as being like their subjects”.
“Among contemporary monarchies Thailand is a unique case. Not only does King Bhumibol hold quite extraordinary political powers for a constitutional monarch. He is also the longest reigning monarch among the current kings and queens in the world”.
“Monarchy and nationalism are embedded in a complex relationship, and many of Europe’s ruling dynasties crumbled in the nationalist upsurge of the modern era”.
“A pesar de su significativa importancia, la Jefatura del Estado no ha sido objeto hasta ahora de destacada atención por parte de la doctrina”.
“La monarquía se convirtió en el símbolo nacional que mejor funcionó en la España democrática, capaz de encarnar un país renovado e integrado en el mundo”.
“Royalty deserves more attention than it receives from social scientists trying to understand modern western European democracies. It is as if monarchy, much like religion, is seen as irrelevant in a modern, secular, democratic world”.
Documental emitido por Televisión Española en el 30 aniversario de la proclamación de Juan Carlos I como Rey de España.