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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.

Prince Felipe of Spain at Zarzuela Palace on December 14, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.  Getty Images
King Juan Carlos of Spain attends the 250th anniversary of The Royal College of Artillery on May 16, 2014 in Segovia, Spain.   Getty Images
A woman arranges special editions of Spanish newspapers featuring a portrait of Spanish King Juan Carlos following the announcement of his abdiction in Madrid on June 2, 2014.   AFP/Getty Images
Spanish King Juan Carlos (L) and Spain's Crown Prince Felipe share a smile during a military ceremony marking the bicentenial of the Royal and Military Order of Saint Hermenegild in El Escorial on June 3, 2014.  AFP/Getty Images
Prince Felipe of Spain attends the opening of 2012 Scholarship Course at Tomas Romajaro school on September 17, 2012 in Fuensalida, Toledo, Spain. Getty Images
In this handout photo provided by the Royal Press Department, Princess Letizia of Spain, Prince Felipe of Spain and their children, Princesses Leonor and Sofia pose at Zarzuela Palace on September 15, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.  Getty Images via Royal Press Dep
Prince Felipe (C) of Spain is congratulated by Dr. Sally Anne Baynard (L), a lecturer at Georgetown University, and Dean of Foreign Service Peter Krogh (R) at Georgetown University, May 26, 1995.   AFP/Getty Images
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