YOUNG schoolboy Sergio Ojer thinks King Juan Carlos is “a cool guy.”
And the sixth-year primary pupil from Navarra, who wrote a rap song about the Spanish monarch, also chose the phrase “what a King, your majesty!” to end his special number.
Sergio was among 21 children from Spain´s 17 autonomous regions, plus Ceuta and Melilla, who won a What does a King mean to you? competition.
And this week their special prize was a chance to meet King Juan Carlos at a reception.
When Sergio at first performed his rap, he sang it so softly he was asked for a repeat performance for the television cameras.
The children described the King´s importance to them through essays, drawings, plasticine models, a mysterious box plus Sergio´s specially-composed rap.
Juan Carlos is “like the captain of an enormous ship crossing the sea,” wrote 14-year-old Blanca Rosal, who was Cataluña’s winner. “He encourages the crew to row in the same direction so they reach their destination sooner.”
Blanca compared the King to the ship´s captain knowing that Juan Carlos likes sailing “and that sort of thing,” she revealed after meeting the Spanish monarch at a reception.
When she presented a copy of her essay to the King he told her it was a very good idea.
Meanwhile fourth-year primary student Alejandro Caba made a plasticine model of Juan Carlos during the attempted coup of February 1981 “which the King examined very closely,” Alejandro said.
Sergio Morgado from Vitoria presented the King with a box containing items to make life easier and to help with his royal duties, including an umbrella to “protect him from the problems that rain down” and shoes “to help him walk.”