Spanish ex-king Juan Carlos withdraws from public life

The Spanish ex-king Juan Carlos I (81) pulls from 2 June back from public life.

That the former monarch in a letter to his son and successor, king Felipe VI, let me know.

“The time has come for a new page in my life to save, and my withdrawal from public life to complete,” citing Spanish media from the letter.

Since his abdication in 2014 was Juan Carlos because of his poor health, though not commonly seen in public. So, he has several times operated on knees and hips, making it bad in the leg.

Also his many alleged extramarital affairs were a reason for him to be in the limelight more and more to eschew, except at official functions where his presence was required.

Juan Carlos and his wife Sophia received King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima in Madrid in 2013. ()

Successor of dictator Franco as Spanish head of state

Juan Carlos, from 1975 to 2014 king of Spain. He was born in 1938 in Rome, because the Spanish royal family in exile stayed during the Spanish civil war (1936-1939).

The Spanish monarchy was in 1931, already abolished, after which Francisco Franco in 1939, seized power in Spain. The dictator announced in 1947, the restoration of the monarchy, but was no king on the throne as long as he was still alive. Franco brought Juan Carlos in 1969, as his intended successor back to Spain.

Two days after Franco on 20 november 1975, died, was Juan Carlos proclaimed king. He searched quickly approaching during the Franco regime banned organizations and parties and was praised for his part in the transition to a democratic nation.

On June 19, 2014 performed by Juan Carlos officially as prince in favour of his eldest son Felipe. He was the first king of Spain who did that in almost three hundred years.

Juan Carlos (left) as prince of Spain in 1969. Right dictator Francisco Franco. ()

Popularity is affected by many scandals during reign

Despite its popularity, came Juan Carlos also often discredited. His marriage to Sophia of Greece and Denmark was marred by, reportedly, thousands of, affairs and even a few illegitimate children.

Also the hobby of hunting was the Spanish king, not resented. In 2004 took out Juan Carlos is the anger of environmental activists on the neck in a few days time, nine bears to shoot in Romania.

In 2012, he posed for a photo with a by himself shot elephant in Botswana, to the anger of many of his countrymen. In addition to the moral objections against the shooting of elephants, a lot of the Spaniards and the incomprehensible, that their king such expensive travel and activities undertaken while the country is in a recession was.


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