Marine, adventurous and ancient.

This is how

Telmo Aldaz de la Quadra-Salcedo


defines himself

, a sturdy and bearded Navarrese man who seems to be taken from a novel by Valle Inclán or Pérez Reverte.

The son of an archaeologist and merchant sailor and nephew of the mythical Miguel de la Quadra -Salcedo, Telmo was destined to

sail the Atlantic in a caravel

, explore the Amazon with the Jíbaros or the Chiapas jungle with the guerrillas of Commander Marcos.

"What are we going to do? If my father had been a bullfighter, I would have tried to be too," he laughs.

The fact is that his family could provide for several novels

: his father, Cecilio, survived four wars

, fought with the partisans, signed him into the American Army and lived through the attack on Pearl Harbor.

As a child he

took Hemingway fishing in the Irati Forest.

"Dad was a beast," says Telmo.

His mother, Ana María, is not far behind.

An archaeologist, researcher and historian, she was

one of the first speleologists in Spain

, as well as a precursor of


when the term was an unintelligible word.

She raised her three children at home, from town to town, and

gave them an "idyllic" childhood

, as Telmo recalls.

The uncle, Miguel de la Quadra-Salcedo, is the best known of the saga and the one who most influenced Telmo's adventurous spirit.

He accompanied him on Aventura 92 and on the Quetzal Route expeditions.

With him he lived · "a magical step to middle age, traveling through almost all the sister land of Latin America."

On one of those trips he

met his wife, Isabel, daughter of journalist Alfonso Ussía, who was on

board as a monitor.

With her, he directs the Madrid Rumbo al Sur expeditions, which each year take a hundred kids to discover African countries, and with her and her three children he has moved to Irún, in Guipúzcoa, to take a course in Merchant Marine.

He always wanted to be a sailor, but ended up studying law.

"Now I'm finally going to get it," he says.

The navy is not the only challenge that Telmo Aldaz has been facing lately, because for a few weeks he has

presided over the Carlist Traditionalist Communion

(CTC), one of the branches that emerged after the split of the historic Carlist Party of Carlos Hugo de Borbón.

"There is nothing more natural and human than Carlism.

I am a Carlist by inheritance, by tradition and by real conviction. It is one of the greatest gifts that life can give you," he says.

For this reason, one of his main objectives in his presidency is to make Carlism known and unite the different factions.

"Unfortunately, Carlism is a movement that went from being a very possible option in Spain not so many years ago to falling into oblivion. I would like to unite those Carlism families that separated and each go their own way because we have many things in common. I would also like to bring him closer to people who don't know what he is, I would like people to really know him. "

Many see it as an ultra-conservative movement. What is being ultra?

If being Catholic and being proud of being Spanish, if pretending to follow the Gospel is being ultra, well ... everyone puts the adjectives they want.

I am very proud of what I am, but I don't want to convince anyone to become a Carlist, far from it.

Carlism is a gift and it is fortunate to be one, but let people think what they want. Which of the pretenders to the Carlist throne do you support?

Carlism is not a dynastic problem, it is a much more transcendent cause.

The enemies that Carlism has had, who have always been very strong, are interested in artificial lawsuits.

The cause of the common good that Carlism has is much more than family troubles. How do you value King Felipe and his father, King Juan Carlos? I can't talk about something I don't know or something that doesn't belong to us.

We have been in opposition for 200 years!

We are monarchists, we believe that it is an institution of natural law, but we are not juancarlistas or felipistas, of course.

The parliamentary monarchy is not the system we defend because it is subject to political parties that have nothing to do with the interests of a nation.

Do you see the future of the Spanish monarchy as the situation is? When we talk about the Spanish monarchy we are talking about one of the oldest institutions in the world.

The title of King of Spain transcends people, it is a title that weighs much more than a certain historical moment.

How can I not see the future of the essence of what we believe?

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