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King Juan Carlos Abdicates
King Juan Carlos announced in June 2014 that he would abdicate after 39 years at the throne. His son, Felipe, 46, succeeded him.
Carlos was praised for guiding Spain during its transition from dictatorship to democracy and for thwarting a military coup in 1981. Recently, however, he lost the confidence of Spaniards who considered him out of touch as he and his family lived lavishly, particularly during the recession of 2012, and were prone to scandal.