Spain’s former king Juan Carlos (84) attended a regatta in the northwestern region of Galicia on his brief but controversial trip home. When the royal got out of the car in front of the sailing club in Sanxenxo on Friday in a white top, a cream-colored vest and salmon-colored pants and shook hands with his supporters, shouts like “Long live the king!”
Juan Carlos, who lives in exile, flew in from Abu Dhabi on Thursday evening – on his first visit to his home country in two years. But not everyone welcomed the old king, who resigned in 2014 because of various scandals, with joy. A man in the crowd yelled “Rogue.”
Juan Carlos only visits his family briefly
In Sanxenxo, the old king welcomed the crew of his yacht, the “Bribón” – Spanish for “scoundrel”. It was unclear if he wanted to be on board the regatta himself. According to the television broadcaster RTVE, the 84-year-old has not sailed for about three years.
The former monarch will be staying with a close friend in Sanxenxo until Monday, before making a brief visit to his wife Sofia, 83, and son King Felipe VI. (54) and other family members travel to Madrid. He is scheduled to travel back to Abu Dhabi, where he has lived since 2020, later Monday.
visit is controversial
The short visit of the ex-king is extremely controversial in Spain. Even though the Spanish judiciary dropped its investigations into Juan Carlos in March, the revelations about the origin of his fortune have permanently damaged his reputation. For decades he had previously been highly regarded for his work in Spain’s transition from dictatorship to democracy. (AFP)