Controversies, Tax Fraud & Abdication: The Rise And Fall Of Former Spanish King Juan Carlos
Tracing The Tumultuous Journey
It was the latest twist in a scandal that has seen Juan Carlos — the man credited to have overseen Spain’s peaceful transition from a dictatorship to a democracy — being stripped of his allowance amid calls that the monarchy be abolished altogether.
Ascension To Power
By the turn of the century, Juan Carlos’s popularity had soared to a point that one survey named him the most popular leader in the entire Spanish-speaking world.
(In pic: File photo of Former King of Spain, Juan Carlos I of Spain, and Sofia of Spain attend a ceremony to celebrate Carlos's 80th birthday, in January 2018 in Madrid, Spain.
In pic: (L-R) Former Queen of Spain Sofia, former King of Spain Juan Carlos I and Spain's Princess Leonor; Princess Cristina (inset)
The Final Straw