Search thinkSPAIN.com for  in 
spain jobs
backprinttell a friend

King Juan Carlos 'has no intention of abdicating'
By:
thinkSPAIN , Saturday, February 23, 2013

THE Royal household has issued a statement in answer to speculation about whether King Juan Carlos will abdicate and pass the throne to his son and heir, Prince Felipe of Asturias.

Despite his health problems – the monarch is about to undergo an operation on a spinal disc, the 12th time he has gone under knife in less than two years – King Juan Carlos says he has no intention of giving up his role.

The head of the Royal family has had four operations relating to a hip replacement, as well as a benign tumour removed from his lungs, and surgery following a fall in Botswana whilst out hunting.

Although once a popular public personality, the monarch's reputation has never recovered from his being involved in elephant-hunting and photographed next to a dead one, which led to his resignation as chairman of the WWF.

The Royal family has also been drawn into the controversy surrounding the infamous Nóos Case, since the King's son-in-law and husband of his daughter Cristina, Iñaki Urdangarín, is under investigation for money-laundering and corruption allegations which could land him in jail for up to 20 years.

Recent emails presented to the judge in charge of the investigation by Urdangarín's former co-director, Diego Torres, hint that the King and his daughter, the Infanta Cristina, could be directly involved in the case, along with a friend of the monarch's, Corinna Sayn Wittgenstein, a member of the aristocracy.

But Urdangarín has stressed that none of the Royal family has been involved in any way, nor offered their opinion or been consulted, about his work with the Nóos Institute.

The Institute was set up to promote sports and cultural activities in the Balearic Islands and the Comunidad Valenciana and registered as a non-profit-making organisation to allow it to benefit from public funds.

However, the case notes appear to suggest that the Nóos Institute was in fact a business and that the two directors, Urdangarín and Torres, made a healthy profit from it.

Their assets have been embargoed to cover a sum of nearly 8.2 million euros which may need to be repaid to the regional governments of the Balearics and Valencia.


Photograph: Three generations of Royals – King Juan Carlos (L), son and heir Prince Felipe of Asturias (R) and his and Princess Letizia's eldest daughter, Leonor, now aged seven

 
Print Share Article RSS News Feed
print tell a friend stumble it!  delicious  digg it!  facebook   rss feed View feed | Add to my RSS reader rss feed

Latest ThinkSpain News
British drug racket targeting Magaluf partygoers broken up
Crime/Incidents - (14/9/2014)
El Corte Inglés chair, Isidoro Álvarez dies in hospital
Business/Economy - (14/9/2014)
Massive protest against Toro de la Vega bull torture festival
Animals/Pets - (14/9/2014)
 
Latest Politics & People articles
Catalunya's president could be jailed for up to 15 years if he proceeds with an 'illegal' referendum
Catalonia  - (13/9/2014)
Anti-independence protests fill streets of Tarragona and Barcelona
Catalonia  - (12/9/2014)
Ana Botella will not run for mayor in Madrid next year
Madrid  - (11/9/2014)
 
  back
Follow thinkSPAIN on
Facebook Twitter
 
 
 
 
 
Spanish news archive Costa Blanca news Costa del Sol news Alicante news Castellon Valencia news Barcelona news Catalonia Costa Brava news Madrid news Tenerife news Canary Islands Malaga news Marbella news Andalucia news Sevilla news Costa Almeria news Murcia news Costa Calida Aragon news Asturias news Balearic news Mallorca Menorca news Ibiza Basque news Bilbao Cantabria news Castilla La Mancha news Castilla Leon news Extremadura news Galicia news La Rioja news Navarra news Spanish Travel Tourism news Spanish Property Spain directory services Spanish A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Jobs in Spain Postcodes Spanish weather Spain History Spanish Culture Flamenco dancers Sevillanas Bullfighting bullfight bull fighting matador bullfighter Spanish Education Spain Schools Facts about Spain Clubs in Spain mortgages Spanish bank Spain banking Spanish banks Spain inheritance Spanish wills Spanish healthcare in Spain Working in Spain work Spanish employment Driving Spain cars Spanish car Spain Tax & Spanish Residency Property in Spain for Sale Spanish property to rent Spain holiday lets Spain news Spanish Properties SpainSave costa blanca 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 costa del sol 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 local news/info Spanish estate agents Off Plan property Spain | costa blanca property sales properties for sale real estate costa blanca villas | costa del sol property sales properties for sale real estate costa del sol villas | costa de la luz property sales properties for sale real estate costa de la luz villas | costa brava property sales properties for sale real estate costa brava villas | costa almeria property sales properties for sale real estate costa almeria villas | costa calida property sales properties for sale real estate costa calida villas | costa valencia property sales properties for sale real estate costa valencia villas | costa azahar property sales properties for sale real estate costa azahar villas | costa dorada property sales properties for sale real estate costa dorada villas | costa garraf property sales properties for sale real estate costa garraf villas | costa maresme property sales properties for sale real estate costa maresme villas | costa vasca property sales properties for sale real estate costa vasca villas | costa verde property sales properties for sale real estate costa verde villas | costa da morte property sales properties for sale real estate costa da morte villas
 
© 2003-2014 Think Web Content, S.L. - All rights reserved