Spain’s King to Abdicate

    Spanish Crown Prince Felipe (2nd L) and King Juan Carlos talk as Princess Letizia (L) and Queen Sofia (R) watch a military parade during Spain's National Day in Madrid October 12, 2006. REUTERS/Susana Vera  (SPAIN) - RTR1I8Y9

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    In case last night’s Game of Thrones didn’t satisfy your hunger for monarchial dysfunction, the Spanish royal family will. It was announced Monday that Spain’s King Juan Carlos, 76, will be stepping down in favor of his son, Crown Prince Felipe. Juan Carlos had been very popular in Spain and was praised for bringing stability and democracy to the country after the death of brutal dictator Francisco Franco. His reputation suffered in recent years, though. He has been associated with a corruption investigation into his daughter and son-in-law, and he was slammed for taking an elephant-hunting trip in the middle of the country’s severe financial crisis.

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