The king emeritus, along with doña sofiahas been part of the long list of guests who have attended the wedding of the crown prince hussein with the young Saudi architect Rajwa Al Saif. Don Juan Carlos He has entered the Zahran palace in Amman with his inseparable staff and the help of his chief escort. However, at 85 years old and with serious mobility problems, he has needed his wheelchair to be able to enjoy the banquet.

An image that points to the vulnerability of a king who, until now, had done everything possible to maintain a regal and strong image. The years do not forgive and Juan Carlos also suffers several important injuries to his legs and hips due to his love of skiing and hunting, among others. In the privacy of his home, both in Zarzuela and in Abu Dhabi, the wheelchair is a companion from whom he barely separates, but which he insists on hiding publicly. She did so, for example, at the funeral of Elizabeth II, in Westminster, or in Sanxenxo.

This Thursday he had no choice. He arrived at the palace helped by a cane, an assistant and a very slow step. His movement difficulty was evident. Finally, much to his regret, he has had to use the chair and the photograph has seen the light. Not long ago, people very close to his circle assured how delicate his state was: “He is obsessed that nobody sees him in the chair. He is terrified of ending up like his mother or his sister Margarita”, they said to Confidential Monarchy.

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The last time we saw him prostrate in one was in 2018. Then he attended the lunch offered by Their Majesties the King and Queen in honor of Margareta and Radu from Romania in Zarzuela. A month before, he had been operated on a leg.