This text analyses the ceremonies of the Spanish State Opening of Parliament during the first three quarters of the nineteenth century (1810-1874) as symbolic acts of the representation of power. The research examines the main characteristics of the ritual, as well as the role of the individuals taking part. Based on a multidisciplinary methodology, the study combines the influence of symbolic communication and the analysis of the concepts used in the opening speeches. The result highlights the will of the monarchy to present itself as a link between parliamentary institutions and population, in which monarchy retained its autonomous position. The ceremony consolidated the Crown’s key role, but was also used by governments as an instrument of political control, which ultimately helped to establish parliamentarianism.
|Translated title of the contribution||Staging of power at the opening of the Spanish parliament during the nineteenth century|
|Number of pages||28|
|Journal||Hispania - Revista Espanola de Historia|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|