Juan Carlos I of Spain: Old King attends Queen's funeral

Juan Carlos I of Spain
Old King attends Queen's funeral

King Felipe VI  and former king Juan Carlos I. in a joint appearance in 2019.

King Felipe VI and former king Juan Carlos I. in a joint appearance in 2019.

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Royal family reunion: King Felipe VI. attends the funeral service in honor of Queen Elizabeth II with his father Juan Carlos I.

The state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022) will take place on September 19. The Spanish king Juan Carlos I (84) is one of the approximately 2,000 invited guests. He is said to have attended the funeral service in Westminster Abbey together with his wife Sophia (83), his son King Felipe VI. (54) and his wife Letizia (49) visit. This is reported by the television station "RTVE", citing the royal family. It will be the first joint appearance of the Spanish royals in two and a half years.

The last was in early 2020 at the funeral of Juan Carlos' sister María del Pilar (1936-2020). In June of the same year, the Supreme Court headed of Spain Corruption investigations against Juan Carlos I. As a result, in August, the palace announced that the 84-year-old no longer lives in Spain. According to his own statements, he wanted to avert greater damage to the reputation of the palace by his departure.

Juan Carlos I lives in exile in Abu Dhabi

Although all investigations into his finances have now been closed and no charges have been brought, Juan Carlos I continues to live in exile in Abu Dhabi. In March 2022, he confirmed that he would remain in the United Arab Emirates. He has decided to live there "permanently", but will travel to Spain "frequently", as "El Pais" reads a letter from Juan Carlos I to his son Felipe VI. quoted.

So far, however, there has only been one home visit, which took place behind closed doors. The palace said in a statement that King Felipe VI. and his father met for a "long talk" in May 2022. Accordingly, the two "talked about family matters and various events and their impact on Spanish society".

Juan Carlos I was King of Spain from November 22, 1975 to June 18, 2014. Since June 2014 Juan Carlos' son Felipe VI. the king of spain.


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