King Felipe of Spain’s rare message to the nation was pretty straight forward, accusing the Catalan government of an “unacceptable disloyalty” after moving on with an independence referendum declared illegal in Madrid.
But there were also a number of messages built into the setting. The inevitable Spanish flag was of course on display, together with a slice of the EU flag. A laptop on the monarch’s left indicated that he is connected and aware of the social media battle taking place but the painting in the background also placed him firmly in a position of historical authority.
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The Twitter world pounced on the baton behind the King’s head, after the police made good use of theirs during Sunday’s crackdown on polling stations.