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King Juan Carlos surrounded by family in special Easter visit

King Juan Carlos has hosted a big family reunion as he continues his self imposed exile in Abu Dhabi.

The king, who left Spain in August 2020, has been visited by his two daughters, Infanta Elena and Infanta Cristina, and five of his eight grandchildren.

He posed for photos alongside Elena and her daughter, Victoria Federica, 21. They were joined by Cristina and her four children, Juan, 22, Pablo, 21, Miguel, 19 and 15 year old Irene.

It’s Cristina’s first big family holiday since she confirmed she was separating from her husband of 24 years, Inaki Urdangarin. They issued a statement announcing their marriage was over after he was photographed with another woman. Urdangarin was convicted of embezzlement and, in 2018, sentenced to almost six years in prison. He is currently on supervised release from jail.

Juan Carlos went into exile as investigations into allegations of financial impropriety mounted. He has always denied any wrongdoing. In recent months, several of the cases against him have been closed for good.

He was photographed with his daughters and grandchildren just weeks after sending an open letter to his son, King Felipe VI, in which he announced he planned to remain in Abu Dhabi although he hoped to return ”with frequency” to Spain, the country he ruled for almost forty years.

Spain’s Royal Family traditionally spends Easter in Mallorca and it’s understood Queen Sofia was there as Holy Week progressed.

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Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.