King Juan Carlos of Spain addresses citizens
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King Juan Carlos of Spain to abdicate

Spain’s King Juan Carlos delivers a televised speech June 2 to explain the reasons behind his abdication after nearly 40 years on the throne.  (Spanish royal household / Pool photo)
Spanish Crown Prince Felipe and his wife, Princess Letizia, at their official residence in Madrid in August 2012. (Cristina Garcia Rodero / Spanish Royal House / AFP/ Getty Images)
Spain’s King Juan Carlos attends the official opening of parliament in December 2011. (Daniel Ochoa de Olza / Associated Press)
Spanish King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia wave as they appear on the balcony of the royal palace after the wedding of their son, Crown Prince Felipe, in May 2004.  (Ian Waldie / Getty Images)
Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe reviews an honor guard as he arrives in El Salvador on May 31.  (Roberto Escobar / European Pressphoto Agency)
King Juan Carlos, left, is seen in 1969 next to Gen. Francisco Franco, then Spain’s head of state. (AFP/ Getty Images)
King Juan Carlos of Spain attends a May 16 ceremony marking the 250th anniversary of the opening of the Royal College of Artillery at the Alcazar de Segovia in Segovia, Spain. (Carlos Alvarez / Getty Images)
Spanish King Juan Carlos, right, and his son Crown Prince Felipe adjust their ties during a parliament session in Madrid in December 2011. (Pedro Armestre / AFP/ Getty Images)