Thursday 14 November 2013
The Cañada Blanch Lecture 2013
H.E. Alberto Aza Arias
The Role of the Monarchy in the Transition to Democracy in Spain
Chaired by Prof. Paul Preston
Time: 18.30 h.
Place: LSE, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, Aldwych
"The political change that Spain experienced following the end of the Franco dictatorship has consolidated democracy in the country. The method adopted to establish it, the difficulties involved, the role played by its key players, the Government, the King and the generosity of many, make this period a fascinating success story and an example of the potential nobility of national politics."
Alberto Aza Arias, a graduate in both law and in philosophy and letters from the University of Oviedo, joined the Spanish Diplomatic Corps in 1965. After postings in Gabon, Algeria and Italy, in 1977, he served briefly as deputy director of the Office of Diplomatic Information before taking over as head of prime minister Adolfo Suárez’s private office. After service as Spanish ambassadorial observer at the Organization of American States, in 1990 he was named ambassador to Mexico. Two years later, he began a distinguished seven-year stewardship of the Spanish Embassy in London. Between 2000 and 2002, he served as director of the Office of Diplomatic Information. In September 2002, he became secretary general of the Royal Household, and three months later he became head of the Household, a post that he held until September 2011.
Paul Preston and Alberto Aza, 14 Nov 2013.
Among those present, there were several figures of public life, including the current Spanish Ambassador, Mr. Federico Trillo-Figueroa (forth from the left).