The King of Spain, Juan Carlos, will today come out fighting as the Spanish Monarchy continues its efforts to recover from a series of highly damaging scandals and controversies.
Juan Carlos, who has been out of the public eye for a month and a half due to a double hernia operation, will today recommence his public duties from the Zarzuela Palace – a month earlier than he had been expected. Together with Queen Sofia, the King will hold an audience with award-winning writer Jose Manuel Caballero Bonald. Later, the monarch will meet with Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico.
After six weeks working away from the media spotlight, King Juan Carlos’ early return to public duty can be interpreted as an attempt to put an end to the annus horribilis which the Royal Family have endured since last April, when the King fell and broke his hip whilst elephant hunting in Botswana.
Since then, the Royal Family has been engulfed with controversies, culminating earlier this month in the formal naming of Princess Christina – the King’s youngest daughter – as a suspect in the corruption and tax fraud case known as Caso Nóos.
In recent weeks, more and more critics have begun to call for the King to abdicate in favour of Crown Prince Felipe in an effort to draw a line under recent controversies and prevent the Monarchy from suffering fatal damage.
The King’s earlier than expected return to a public schedule is a clear answer to such critics.