“Reigning monarchs are not often described as ‘self-made’ but in many ways Juan Carlos may be said to fit this description. Born into a royal family which had recently been forced into exile, the son of a pretender whose chances of ascending the throne were slim, much of his early life was marked by an overwhelming sense of uncertainty”
“Primera biografía autorizada del Rey Juan Carlos I. Basada en conversaciones con el monarca, son las propias palabras del Jefe de Estado las que sirven de hilo conductor a través de los acontecimientos más relevantes de la historia española”
“El servicio a España es la major justificación de la Monarquía. Y en aquella hora de 1975, el servicio a España requería una institución capaz de convocar a todos los españoles para superar las discordias civiles. Decía el Rey: «Que todos entiendan con generosidad y altura de miras que nuestro futuro se basará en un efectivo consenso de conciliación nacional»”.
“La inmensa utilidad de la monarquía como Jefatura de Estado neutral en un país de crispaciones sigue siendo su mayor contribución a la tranquilidad constitucional de España”
“The Japanese emperors, a peculiar and unique phenomenon in modern times, are the subject of this important handbook edited by Ben-Ami Shillony. An international team of leading scholars looks at these emperors – Meiji (Mutsuhito), Taishō (Yoshihito), Shōwa (Hirohito), and the present emperor Akihito – both as personalities, and as a constantly developing institution. It becomes clear that both the personalities, and the periods in which they reign(ed) have shaped Japanese monarchy, and our image of it”
Autobiography of the English tutor of Akihito “We want you to open windows on to a wider world for out Crown Prince” —Viscount Matsudaira
“Chiefly I thought about the Crown Prince and wondered what kind of child he was. He was twelve, I knew, nearing thirteen. I had seen newspapers photographs of a chubby little boy with a direct, intelligent gaze, and I found these photographs, blurred as they were appealing. He seemed to be so thoroughly, solidly, himself”
“The emperor who emerges from this work was a fallible human being, susceptible to the same desires, drives, instincts, and faults common to all human beings, but with a prolonged educational experience such as probably no one in the entire world, except himself, was given. For much of his life he was at or near the center of power, the active agent of his and the ruling elite interests. The knowledge he had of both the public stage and the hidden machinations of government no other individual has shared. To think of him as the one individual whose very existence manifested the deepest political dilemmas of modern Japan could be quite accurate”
“Few institutions are as well suited as the monarchy to provide a window on Japan. For the first five decades following the end of World War II, this national symbol of Japan experienced momentous change. The monarchy has been significant both as a political and as a cultural institution. Indeed, an examination of the monarchy requires that we abandon a strict division of the political from the cultural and of the symbolic from the political. The emperor has embodied the modern Japanese nation-state and nationalism is a phenomenon that belies the compartmentalization of politics, culture and symbols”.