Edited by manuel on 11/6/2017, 21:23:35
So, yes, he has a role, because, according to the constitution it is the King who is entitled to awards honours.
But he has no role in "investing" honours. There are no investiture ceremonies, like in Britain. With some exceptions, mainly the Order of the Golden Fleece.
There was one ceremony of investiture at the Royal Palace on the first anniversary of his proclamation, but I think it has not been repeated.
The Grand Cross was handed over to the family by the President of the Govt., who was present when the Air Force plane bringing his remains landed in Madrid.
BTW, the order of the civil merit is not one the the highest Spanish orders, as the BBC article suggests.
: According to the article below, the Spanish
: government has decided (it seems entirely
: appropriately) to award posthumously the
: Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit to
: Ignacio Echeverrķa for his heroic actions
: during the London Bridge terrorist attack. I
: know this is a trivial technical question
: about a very solemn matter, but will the
: King play any role in presenting this award
: to the family? More generally, does the
: monarch normally have any, presumably
: strictly ceremonial, role in the awarding of
: this order?