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On November 20, General Elections were held in Spain. The General Elections are held for the National Legislature (the Congress of Deputies and the Senate that run for a maximum of four years). The ceremonial of the beginning of each Legislature is regulated by law, and the King plays a key role.

First of all, as the opposition party won the elections, the main members of the Royal Family hosted a farewell luncheon for the outgoing government on December 13 at the Royal Palace:

The King, Queen, Prince and Princess of Asturias greet the guests

The Princess of Asturias during the greetings

His Majesty speaks before the start of the luncheon

The outgoing President of the Government during his speech

That same afternoon, the newly appointed President of the Congress of Deputies went to La Zarzuela Palace to inform His Majesty of the formation of the Congress and its different organs. After this audience, King Juan Carlos received the new President of the Senate, who did the same regarding the formation of the Upper House.

Over the next two days the King received in audience representatives of the political parties with parliamentary representation.

His Majesty with the representative from the political party "Coalición Canaria-Nueva Canarias"

After meeting with representatives from all political parties, His Majesty once again received the President of the Congress of Deputies to propose Don Mariano Rajoy Brey for president of the government. The candidate will inform the Congress of his plans for government and will need the approval of the Lower House.

Don Juan Carlos greets the President of the Congress of Deputies

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