Former King Juan Carlos makes rare public appearance in Three Kings and Epiphany day celebrations

BACK IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The former King appeared alongside wife Sofia, Queen Letizia and son and current King, Felipe VI BACK IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The former King appeared alongside wife Sofia, Queen Letizia and son and current King, Felipe VI @vaninaswchindt/twitter

FORMER King of Spain Juan Carlos made a rare public appearance with the current King and son, Felipe VI, at the annual Three Kings and Epiphany day celebrations yesterday (Saturday).

The former King, who turned 80 on Friday, has reportedly complained about feeling sidelined by the royal family in recent weeks, but appeared in full military uniform alongside his wife Sofia, son Felipe and Queen Letizia at Madrid's Royal Palace.

King Felipe VI praised his father during a ceremony held at the palace, thanking him for his "many years of loyal service to Spain."

Juan Carlos abdicated in favour of his son in 2014 and was given the title of "King Emertius" after nearly 40 years on the throne.

The former king is credited with leading Spain to democracy after Franco's dictatorship but reportedly abdicated after a series of scandals damaged his public image.

Benjamin Park

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