Spain's Royal Family Under Fire The Spanish royal family is still popular with the majority of Spaniards, thanks mainly to the king's actions during the transition to democracy after Franco. But now, for the first time since the restoration in 1975, the royals face some criticism and ridicule.
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Spain's Royal Family Under Fire

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The Spanish royal family is still popular with the vast majority of Spaniards, thanks mainly to the king's actions during the transition to democracy after Franco. But now, for the first time since the restoration in 1975, the royals face some criticism and ridicule.

Some Catalan groups have started burning pictures of the king and queen, some question the financial cost and lack of accountability of the royals, and civil libertarians ask why a modern democracy like Spain needs draconian laws protecting the dignity of the royal family.