In pictures: The reign of King Juan Carlos

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In pictures: The reign of King Juan Carlos
King Juan Carlos met former South African President Nelson Mandela in Cape Town in 1999. Photo: Sasa Kralj/AFP

The Local takes a look at some of the most interesting photos of the Spanish monarch's life, from his early years as a young prince in exile to his role as figurehead for Spain across the world.


Born in Rome in 1938, Juan Carlos was groomed to be a king by none other than Francisco Franco, the Spanish dictator who had forced his royal family into exile.
His role in Spain’s transition, following his coronation in 1975, was key to ensure that democracy prevailed in the post-dictatorship era.


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