EMPEROR JUAN CARLOS FALLS OVER AGAIN IN MADRID [Video]
King Juan Carlos of Spain trips up
King Juan Carlos of Spain tripped and fell flat on his face at an official ceremony yesterday, the latest mishap for the ageing monarch.
By Fiona Govan, Madrid
6:21PM BST 02 Aug 2012
The 74-year-old stumbled up a step on a visit to army headquarters in Madrid yesterday morning and was photographed as he lay sprawled on the flagstones while aides rushed to pick him up.
The accident caused no lasting damage, the Royal Palace said, and the King was able to complete his visit as planned.
He later attended a photo call with military chiefs sporting a swollen and grazed nose.
It is the latest in an unfortunate series of accidents to befall Spain’s monarch. In April he tripped up while staying on a safari lodge in Botswana on a trip to hunt elephants. He fractured his hip and had to be flown back to Spain to undergo emergency surgery.
The incident meant details of the hunting trip became public knowledge and caused an uproar forcing the monarch to issue an unprecedented apology.
Last November the King was photographed with a black eye and sticking plaster on the bridge of his nose at a reception to welcome new ambassadors to Spain. The King explained the injuries with the comment “this is what happens when one slams into a door”.
But the King is not the only accident prone Royal in the family. In April, a week before his own hunting accident, the King’s eldest grandson 13-year-old Felipe Juan Froilan, shot himself in the foot during target practice with his father at their home in Soria.