It's been more than a year since Juan Carlos I left Spain (3 August 2020) following the financial scandal swirling around him. He lives in the United Arab Emirates, in a gilded cage, as some would say. He wants to return home. The fulfillment of that wish is in the hands of his son, King Felipe VI.
Despite his abdication, King Juan Carlos still performed a few official duties such as attending cultural events and historic commemorations. He was very much present during last year's celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Spanish Constitution. That constitution provided the framework for Spain's highly successful transition from dictatorship to parliamentary democracy. Come 2 June, however, he will no longer attend even the most transcendental and emotive of public celebrations
Why Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein made all those revelations about her affair with King Juan Carlos and his alleged murky businesses isn't known. Not yet anyway. What's for sure is that her confessions will have already done irreparable damage to the abdicant king.
Having bestowed their approval on Felipe VI, his people were anxious to hear what he had to say in his first Christmas speech which – relief! – went over big with the audiences.
“At the Spain-Chile match the Spanish team of golden footballers managed brilliantly to self-destruct”
The speculations on whether or not King Juan Carlos was abdicating reached fever pitch when he became visibly frail. But it seems definite he’s not stepping down — which is good for the country.