At the moment, there is a monarchy in Spain for long time. Before was more important and relevant but nowadays it seems only as a figure that does not have such a relevance

What are the possibilities to disassemble the monarchy? With or without the agreement of the royalty or the goverment (I would like to know the most possible/realistic cases that will make the monarchy of Spain disassemble)

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    the French tried something that kinda seemed to work for a bit :) So did the Russians
    – user4012
    Jul 13, 2017 at 13:10
  • @user4012 - I don't think the Russian style of getting rid of monarchy is recommended in the Western Europe :)
    – Alexei
    Jul 13, 2017 at 13:20
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    @Alexei, well French style wasn't any better, with all those guillotining, and then they had many swings back and forth between monarchy and republic.
    – user28434
    Jul 13, 2017 at 13:27
  • haha Yes, I know these cases, but I dont think they can be apply for today´s Europe
    – Ivan
    Jul 13, 2017 at 13:30
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    "Change the government without agreement of the government" is usually the definition of both coup d'état and revolution
    – SJuan76
    Jul 13, 2017 at 13:41

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An elected government could start re-drafting the constitution to remove the royalty from the constitution.

It would not be a easy negotiation.

If the negotiations are successful, the new constitution would need to be ratified by the Spaniards with a referendum and an election.


Protected provisions

Title X of the Constitution establishes that the approval of a new constitution or the approval of any constitutional amendment affecting the Preliminary Title, or Section I of Chapter II of Title I (on Fundamental Rights and Public Liberties) or Title II (on the Crown), the so-called "protected provisions", are subject to a special process that requires (1) that two-thirds of each House approve the amendment, (2) that elections are called immediately thereafter, (3) that two-thirds of each new House approves the amendment, and (4) that the amendment is approved by the people in a referendum.

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If the Spanish do remove the Royalty from the constitution, then by default the Royalty ceases to exists as they would lose most of their symbolic powers (and if it is case in Spain, they would also lose their salary...


  • Can this referendum be called without agreement of the monarchy? This page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monarchy_of_Spain says that the King can call a referendum, but not sure if it is needed for one. Can the same monrchy disassemble itself without this process? For sure there are more options appar from your answer, but good one :D
    – Ivan
    Jul 13, 2017 at 15:04
  • @Ivan In Spain, the monarch sanctions some acts of government and parliament, but it's just a formal action. I'm sure a lot of steps in the process involve the king signature. Then the question is what happens if the king refuses to sign a legal act of government or parliament - about abolishing monarchy or about anything else.
    – Pere
    Dec 20, 2017 at 18:14

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