King Juan Carlos will be back in surgery in the coming days to deal with a rare infection stemming from a previous thigh procedure, the Royal Household said in a press conference yesterday.
The operation could put the king, 75, in recovery for several months, at a time when he has been wanting to be more active with the purpose of recovering his public image.
The head of the Royal Household said yesterday that Prince Felipe and other members of the Royal Family could continue to substitute the King at events, but that his duties as Head of State are non-transferable.
In other words, King Juan Carlos may not be able to attend the upcoming Ibero-American summit in Panama, and the Prince would not be able to sit in for his dad.
With the new surgery, the latest of several in recent years, talk of abdication resurfaced. The Royal Household said no such thing is being considered.
The Spanish government also said that King Juan Carlos would be able to sign important document, like Royal Decrees, from the hospital or recovery.
King Juan Carlos today opened the Judicial Year today at the Palace of Justice, the home for the Spanish Supreme Court.
His Majesty presided over the event wearing the Grand Collar of Justice, which dates back to the reign of Queen Isabella II.
Among numerous events presided by members of the Royal Family in recent days, Queen Sofia toured a new art exhibit at the Royal Palace and over the weekend went to a concert at the National Auditorium of Music in Madrid.
The King and his son, Prince Felipe, have also presided over several military related ceremonies.
Last week Don Felipe, the Prince of Asturias, visited the Cartagena area to visit the Spanish Armada’s base.
Prince Felipe arrived in Buenos Aires this week to help boost Madrid’s chances of becoming the Olympic host city for 2020.
His Royal Highness, the Prince of Asturias, is the honorary head of Madrid’s delegation, has been assisting rehearsals and will be on hand for the city’s presentation over the weekend before the International Olympic Committee.
Princess Letizia will join her husband in Argentina later this week, the Royal Household said.
Meanwhile, King Juan Carlos today met with Bolivian President Evo Morales at Zarzuela Palace.
Gossip about the Royal Family continues amid the ongoing corruption investigation surrounding the Duke of Palma, the King’s son-in-law.
Media outlets reported this week that Don Juan Carlos loaned his daughter, Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma, more than 1 million euros to buy a mansion in Barcelona.