King Juan Carlos I

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After 2 Years Exiled, Spain's Former King Returning

Juan Carlos is coming to town for a weekend visit

(Newser) - With the fraud cases against him dropped , Spain's former king Juan Carlos is coming back to the country this week. He's been in exile in the United Arab Emirates for almost two years, ever since he was linked to alleged corruption. The three investigations that followed have all...

Spain Drops Investigation of Former King's Finances

Juan Carlos I left Spain amid scandal in 2020

(Newser) - Update: Spain's former king is off the hook in an alleged fraud case. Prosecutors say investigations of 84-year-old Juan Carlos, who moved to the United Arab Emirates amid a financial scandal in 2020, have been dropped due to a lack of evidence, Reuters reports. They say they couldn't...

Guessing Game Over on Missing King's Whereabouts

Spain confirms former monarch Juan Carlos is now in United Arab Emirates

(Newser) - Spain's former king set off a global guessing game earlier this month when he left the country amid financial controversy. Nobody seemed to know where Juan Carlos I went. Now, Spain's royal household has confirmed rumors that the 82-year-old former monarch has holed up in the United Arab...

A New Theory on Where Spain's Former King Has Gone

Portugal and the Dominican Republic were initially pegged as his destination

(Newser) - A clue in the mystery of the former king of Spain's whereabouts: a photo. Following Monday's revelation that Juan Carlos would be moving out of the country—destination unspecified—amidst a financial scandal, reports that he was bound for Portugal or the Dominican Republic emerged. Now Abu Dhabi...

Where's Spain's Ex-King? No One Seems to Know

Some reports say Juan Carlos is headed to, or already in, the Dominican Republic

(Newser) - Spain's ex-King Juan Carlos dramatically announced in a Monday letter sent to son King Felipe VI that he had made a "considered decision to move, during this period, out of Spain.” A day later, his destination remains the subject of "intense speculation," as the BBC...

Nation's King: I Refuse to Accept My Inheritance

King Felipe VI says his father's financial irregularities were too much

(Newser) - Spain’s royal house said Sunday that King Felipe VI has renounced any future personal inheritance he could receive from his father, King Emerit Juan Carlos I, over the alleged financial irregularities involving the former monarch, the AP reports. The royal house said in a statement that in addition to...

Spanish Princess's Husband Ordered to Head to Prison

Supreme Court upheld Inaki Urdangarin's conviction on Tuesday

(Newser) - Judicial authorities on Wednesday told the brother-in-law of Spain's King Felipe VI that he must report to a prison within five days to serve five years and 10 months for fraud and tax evasion, among other crimes. Inaki Urdangarin, a former Olympic handball medal winner who has been married...

Spain's Ex-King Faces Paternity Suit

Belgian woman says Juan Carlos is her father

(Newser) - Being an ex-king has its drawbacks, Spain's Juan Carlos has discovered. He enjoyed immunity from prosecution during his 39 years on the throne, but since he handed the crown to his son Felipe last year, two paternity suits have made it into the courts. One from a Spanish man...

Spain Crowns New King
 Spain Crowns 
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Spain Crowns Its New King

Felipe becomes king as nation exits World Cup

(Newser) - Spain's Prince Felipe became King Felipe VI at midnight as the abdication of his father , King Juan Carlos, became official. The occasion was fairly low-key, with no foreign heads of state present and no huge state banquet, which the palace says was "in keeping with the criteria of...

Spain's King Juan Carlos Steps Down

76-year-old passes throne to Prince Felipe

(Newser) - At 76, Spain's King Juan Carlos is abdicating after four decades, handing the throne to his son, Prince Felipe. "A new generation must be at the forefront," he said in a nationally televised address. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced the move today, calling on the courts to...

King of Spain Suspends Son-in-Law

Duke accused of scamming nonprofit organization

(Newser) - The king of Spain has barred his scandal-hit son-in-law from representing the crown while allegations of corruption are considered. Inaki Urdangarin, a former Olympic handball player who married the king's daughter, is accused of siphoning of millions of dollars in public funds from a nonprofit sporting foundation he ran,...

Obamas Lunch With Royals, Wrap Trip

Michelle, Sasha head home after stop in Mallorca

(Newser) - US first lady Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha are having lunch with Spain's king and queen at the royal family's holiday retreat on the resort island of Mallorca in the Mediterranean. The Obamas arrived at Marivent palace shortly before 1pm and were greeted at the front door by King Juan...

Spanish King to Venezuelan Prez: Shut Up!

Summit simmers when King Juan Carlos snaps at hectoring Chavez

(Newser) - World leaders at the Ibero-American summit had a grade-school exchange yesterday, with Spain's King Juan Carlos pulling out a "why don't you shut up" when Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez wouldn't wait his turn to talk. Chavez ignored requests to be more polite after calling a former Spanish prime minister...

In Spain, It's Not Good to Be the King

Juan Carlos defends monarchy, faces down calls to abdicate

(Newser) - Amid loud calls for his abdication, Spain's King Juan Carlos I has been forced into the unprecedented and lowly position of justifying his throne to commoners, reports the Telegraph. Catalonian separatists have been burning effigies of him and Queen Sofia, and some are calling for him to hand the crown...

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