King Juan Carlos of Spain will abdicate and pass the crown to his son, Crown Prince Felipe. Here is a look at the once popular monarch’s legacy.
1955-1957 Prince Juan Carlos of Spain poses at the Military Academy of Zaragoza between 1955-1957. Spanish King Juan Carlos will abdicate in favor of his son Prince Felipe, the nation announced on June 2, ending a 39-year reign that ushered in democracy but was was later battered by royal scandals. The 76-year-old monarch, crowned in November 1975 after the death of General Francisco Franco, is stepping down dogged by health woes and with his popularity deeply eroded by scandals swirling around him and his family. -/AFP/Getty Images Buy Photo