The 85-year-old flew into Vigo airport within the northwestern Galicia area, holding onto the rails as he slowly descended the steps of the personal jet, Spanish public tv confirmed.
Sporting a pale blue shirt and a beige sleeveless jacket, the ex-monarch went on to the seaside city of Sanxenxo the place he’s to attend a regatta by which his yacht “El Bribón” — “The Rascal” — is competing.
It’s his third journey again to Spain this 12 months following earlier visits in April and July, additionally to attend regattas within the city.
Coincidentally, his son King Felipe VI, who has made efforts to distance himself from his scandal-tainted father, will on Thursday go to an space simply 15 kilometres (9 miles) from Sanxenxo.
The palace has not mentioned whether or not the 2 will meet.
Juan Carlos, who was monarch between 1975 and 2014, was for many years revered for his function in steering Spain to democracy after the loss of life of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975.
However damaging revelations about his opulent life-style and murky fortune compelled him to abdicate in 2014 in favour of his son.
He moved to Abu Dhabi on August 3, 2020 as investigators pursued three probes into his funds.
He first returned to Spain in Might 2022 simply after prosecutors shelved their investigations resulting from lack of proof, the statute of limitations and his immunity whereas head of state, though they confirmed “fiscal irregularities” in his affairs.
The previous king confirmed little discretion on that first go to, which drew big media consideration and irritated Spain’s left-wing authorities and in addition the palace, media stories mentioned.
Since then, he has stored a a lot decrease profile on visits, limiting himself to waving from inside a automobile with out opening the window.