Comic queens : Sofía and Letizia in Spain's graphic satire

McGlade, Rhiannon (2023) Comic queens : Sofía and Letizia in Spain's graphic satire. Bulletin of Spanish Studies. ISSN 1475-3820 (In Press)

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With its members at the centre of a series of scandals, questions of legitimacy and the desirability of retaining the institution of monarchy have repeatedly resurfaced. Leading the charge are Spain’s graphic humourists whose confrontational attacks have been met with a return to draconian legal retaliation under the auspices of lèse-majesté. While derision is typically directed towards Juan Carlos I and Felipe VI, what of their consorts—Emerita Sofía and Letizia Ortiz—legitimised by marriage alone? This article explores how Spain’s cartoonists have used its queen consorts as ludic sites to call into question the inherent value of monarchy in a country marked by enduring crisis.