: Well, the King formally awards the order, as
: it is granted by Royal Decree. Actually, the
: King was visiting Kazakhstan and he signed
: the RD at the Spanish Embassy (not an
: exception, it has also happened in the past)
: as can be seen in the Royal House Twitter.
: 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
: There was one ceremony of investiture at the
: Royal Palace on the first anniversary of his
: proclamation, but I think it has not been
: 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.
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: 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?