The Man Who Will Be King

King Juan Carlos abdicates the Spanish throne in favor of his son, Crown Prince Felipe.

June 3, 2014, 10:06 a.m.

With the sur­prise an­nounce­ment that King Juan Car­los of Spain will ab­dic­ate his throne, Crown Prince Fe­lipe de Bor­bon will take over as king. Prince Fe­lipe has a de­cidedly lower-key life­style than his fath­er, be­ing seen shop­ping in malls with his fam­ily, for ex­ample.  Along with his wife, a former tele­vi­sion news an­chor, he en­joys a fa­vor­able im­age among a ma­jor­ity of the Span­ish people. This is in con­trast to his fath­er, who was be­set by scan­dals dur­ing his four dec­ade ten­ure, spur­ring anti-roy­al­ist protests.