King to celebrate 75th birthday in private

Monarch says he feels “in good form” after a series of minor operations

In keeping with Spain's austerity drive, King Juan Carlos I will celebrate his 75th birthday in private Saturday, rather than hold an official event.

The monarch told the state broadcaster TVE that he feels “in good form.” Juan Carlos’s health has been a topic of discussion after he sustained a hip injury during a hunting accident and had to undergo several surgeries. Before that, he had minor lung, knee and foot operations.

Five years ago, the king celebrated his birthday in private, too, but four days later he entertained nearly 500 guests at El Pardo Palace, including many politicians who made the transition to democracy possible. Juan Carlos himself is credited with halting an anti-democratic coup attempt in February, 1981.

On occasion of the birthday, many Spanish personalities spoke out to congratulate the king. Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas described him as “unpretentious and approachable.”

Although the monarchy has enjoyed good standing among Spaniards for decades, a series of recent crises has tarnished its image, ranging from the king’s elephant hunt in Botswana to the alleged corrupt business practices of his son-in-law Iñaki Urdangarín.

The monarch will resume his public activities on Sunday.

Para poder comentar debes estar registrado en Eskup y haber iniciado sesión

Darse de alta ¿Por qué darse de alta?

Otras noticias

LATIN AMERICA

Minors flee violence and exclusion in Honduras

Misinformation by traffickers has seen surge in young unaccompanied migrants

Fernández gets tough on “vulture fund” negotiations

Francisco Peregil Buenos Aires

President says Argentina will not default on its loans because it has already paid

Health corruption scandal smears Mujica’s party

Investigation of embezzlement scheme of hospital funds sullies Uruguay’s ruling party and its candidate Tabaré Vázquez

Mamá Rosa has dementia, says Prosecutor General

The 80-year-old founder of La Gran Familia no longer has the capacity to run the shelter

Lo más visto en...

» Top 50

Webs de PRISA

cerrar ventana