Spanish King's health a growning concern
Concerns over the health of Spain's 73 year old King, Juan Carlos, has increased in recent weeks. King Juan Carlos recently attended a literary award ceremony looking pale, and using a cane to walk with. A few weeks earlier, the King missed the traditional Easter mass at Palma de Majorca cathedral for the first time. The official reports state that he needed to prepare for the visit of Qatar's emir, however rumors that he was ill made headlines.
One year ago, King Juan Carlos had surgery to remove a tumor from his lung. Doctors stated that the tumor was benign, and that the Kind does not have lung cancer. However, his health has been a major topic of discussion ever since. The King is very popular among the Spanish population, and his health is a genuine concern of the nation.
Palace officials have said that the King's use of the cane is due to hip and knee pain resulting from pursuing interests in skiing and other sports when he was younger. The royal palace has vehemently denied rumors about the King's failing health.
King Juan Carlos has allowed his son and heir, Crown Prince Felipe to take over many of his official duties, attributing it to aiding in his son's education, rather than a reflection of his own health. The King has maintained his normal travel schedule this year, visiting Argentina, Russia, Germany, and Morocco. He will pay a state visit to Switzerland this week.
Queen Sofia has indicated that the King will never abdicate, stating "To abdicate? Never! The king will never abdicate ... Only death can make a king retire" in a recent interview with Pilar Urbano.