KING JUAN CARLOS I OF SPAIN ANNOUNCES HIS INTENTION TO ABDICATE

On June 2, 2014, King Juan Carlos I of Spain announced his intention to abdicate the throne.  The 76-year-old king, after 39 years on the throne is abdicating in favor of his only son and heir, Felipe, the Prince of the Asturias.  King Juan Carlos, who is in ill-health and has had to endure several surgeries in the past two years, has presided over the democratic transition of Spain after the death of General Francisco Franco in 1975.  Lately, his reign has been marred by scandals surrounding a controversial hunting trip the king took, as well as financial scandals involving his daughter, Cristina, and her husband, Inaki Urdangarin.  In a televised speech to the nation, King Juan Carlos stated that he was grateful to the Spanish people and institutions who have helped him fulfill his duties.  The king also thanked his wife of over fifty years, Queen Sofia, for her support, and expressed his confidence in his son as Spain’s next monarch.  The 46-year old Prince of the Asturias is expected to take the title King Felipe IV.  Photos by Getty Images.

In a photo released by Spanish royal palace, King Juan Carlos I signs the paper indicating his intention to abdicate.

In a photo released by Spanish royal palace, King Juan Carlos I signs the document indicating his intention to abdicate.

In another photo released by the palace, the king, upon signing the document announcing his intention to abdicate, shakes hands with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy

In another photo released by the palace, the king, upon signing the document announcing his intention to abdicate, shakes hands with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy

King Juan Carlos on May 16, 2014 in Segovia.

King Juan Carlos on May 16, 2014 in Segovia.

King Juan Carlos in Barcelona on May 21, 2014.

King Juan Carlos in Barcelona on May 21, 2014.

King Juan Carlos and Queen  Sofia on May 27, 2014.

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia on May 27, 2014.

Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia in Toledo, Spain, on the day of their 10th wedding anniversary, May 27, 2014

Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia in Toledo, Spain, on the day of their 10th wedding anniversary, May 22, 2014

The Prince of the Asturias in May 2014 in Bilbao, will soon ascend the Spanish throne upon his father's abdication.

The Prince of the Asturias in May 2014 in Bilbao, will soon ascend the Spanish throne upon his father’s abdication.

 

 

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