Christmas Eve National Speech

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The Christmas Eve National Speech Spanish: Discurso Nacional de S.M el Rey is a broadcast by the reigning King of Spain to Spain every Christmas since 1975. The speech is aired on all Spanish TV channels.[1]

Recurrent topics[edit]

During his reign, King Juan Carlos I usually covered the main problems of the nation, such as ETA. In 2004, the speech was highly related to the 11 March 2004 Madrid train bombings; in 2006 the King discussed the need to become a united nation against terrorism (in implicit support of Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero's anti-terrorist policies), and he mentioned the increasing force of immigrants in Spain and appreciated their contribution to the economy.

In popular culture[edit]

  • During his reign, Juan Carlos began his speeches with the phrase "La reina y yo" ("The Queen and I"). This is commonly considered the King's main catchphrase and as such has often been parodied by media. A comic strip in El Jueves magazine about the monarchy takes his title from this. In a departure from his father's custom, King Felipe VI did not start his 2015 speech with the phrase "La reina y yo", rather saying Buenas Noches ("Good Night").[2]
  • The King's speech has been parodied in many television shows such as Buenafuente.
  • Mariano Rajoy's speech on the occasion of Fiesta Nacional de España was criticized by the Left because it seemed too similar to the King's Christmas speech. Rajoy delivered his message seated near the Flag of Spain and in a medium shot, just as royal speeches usually are.