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76-year-old Spanish King Juan Carlos abdicates, PM says

Spain's 76-year-old King Juan Carlos will abdicate in favour of his son, Prince Felipe, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced Monday. "His Majesty King Juan Carlos has just informed me of his desire to renounce the throne and begin the process of succession……

Princess Cristina in the dock as Spain’s royal fraud scandal reaches court

GUARDIAN NEWS SERVICE Ashifa Kassam, The Observer The grey Ford sedan pulled up at the courthouse at 9.45 a.m. A relaxed Infanta Cristina stepped out of the car, smiling at the 10 police officers who lined her path and nodding hello to the hundreds of journalists crammed behind them. So…

Spanish king’s daughter charged with tax and money-laundering crimes

A Spanish court summoned King Juan Carlos’ youngest daughter Cristina as a suspect in alleged tax and money-laundering crimes Tuesday, a historic first for a direct relative of the monarch. Cristina, 48, has been linked to the business affairs of her husband, former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin, who is…

Sixty-two percent of Spaniards want King Juan Carlos to abdicate

Sixty-two percent of Spaniards want their country’s scandal-hit King Juan Carlos to abdicate and fewer than half support the monarchy in general, a poll published on Sunday showed. A majority however support his son and heir Felipe and believe he could restore the family’s prestige, according to the study by…

Spanish king Juan Carlos leaves hospital after latest surgery

Spain’s 75-year-old King Juan Carlos left hospital Saturday, nearly a week after undergoing lower back surgery, his seventh operation in three years. “I am feeling very well, I feel no pain in my back or anywhere else,” he told reporters as he was driven out of Madrid’s La Milagrosa hospital.…

Spanish king’s elephant hunting accident provokes outrage

While ordinary Spaniards cope with harsh austerity, recession and soaring unemployment, the country’s royal family has been enjoying expensive hunting trips, one of which resulted in King Juan Carlos ending up in hospital. The 74-year-old monarch’s fall in a park in Botswana provided an excuse for Spanish newspapers, who normally…

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