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Five unusual facts about Spain's royals

Published on Jun 19, 2014 6:49 AM
Spain's new King Felipe VI (L) delivers a speech as his wife Queen Letizia (2ndL), their daughters Princess Leonor and Princess Sofia look on during the swearing-in ceremony at the Congress of Deputies in Madrid, June 19, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MADRID (AFP) - Spain's King Felipe VI embarks on a new reign Thursday. Here are five unusual facts about the Spanish monarchy, which was restored in 1975:


In 1969, General Francisco Franco named Juan Carlos as his successor, making him Prince of Spain. The decision ignored the claim to the throne of Juan Carlos's father Juan de Borbon. Juan Carlos was reportedly pelted with fruit when travelling around Spain during the dictatorship, which ended with Franco's death on November 20, 1975. Once King Juan Carlos was crowned a few days after Franco's death, however, he guided Spain towards democracy.


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