King struggles to deliver speech at first public ceremony since hip operation

Juan Carlos made a number of errors during military address

The king, accompanied by the prince and princess of Asturias, makes his speech on Monday. / Sergio Barrenechea (EFE)

At his first public ceremony since his hip operation on November 21, King Juan Carlos, who turned 76 years old at the weekend, was showing signs of his health problems on Monday.

Arriving at the military’s annual Christmas holiday celebration using crutches, the king stumbled over a speech, and on a number of occasions appeared to be out of breath. “He couldn’t see the text of his speech very well because there was little light at the lectern,” Royal Household sources later said.

The monarch changed the meaning of a whole paragraph of his address and committed a number of solecisms and errors, saying “militia” at one point when he meant to say “family.”

The king thanked Spain’s armed forces for the “enormous effort” they had made “to maintain the capacity required to guarantee security.”

As a result of the fact he is still convalescing from his operation, Juan Carlos did not inspect the troops as is customary, and listened to Defense Minister Pedro Morenés’s speech sitting down. After underscoring the military’s sense of solidarity with the public during a time of crisis, Morenés called for the armed forces to be given more resources.

The defense budget has been cut by 34 percent since 2008, and sources in the armed forces claim the cutbacks will put the military in a precarious position this year.

Y ADEMÁS...

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

Darse de alta ¿Por qué darse de alta?

Otras noticias

LATIN AMERICA

Inflation now everyday battle for millions of Argentineans

Francisco Peregil Buenos Aires

Government has refused unions’ request for wage rise to mitigate high prices

Falling oil prices add to economic woes in Venezuela

Reports of shipment of light crude from Algeria suggest President Nicolás Maduro is now taking a more pragmatic attitude

“We must raise our voices, scream louder than the bullets”

Thousands of students in Mexico City protest disappearance of 43 students

Students challenge Mexican authority with mass protests

Radical left-wing sympathizers of missing Iguala youths threaten to take over towns and assault government buildings

Lo más visto en...

» Top 50

Webs de PRISA

cerrar ventana