King Juan Carlos proud to have served

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KING Juan Carlos is proud of having served his country for 40 years.

The King said in Bogota that it had been a privilege to have represented Spain for four decades. The King was in South America where he attended the official inauguration of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos last Thursday.

This was the King’s first official visit since he abdicated the throne in favour of his son King Felipe VI on June 2, 2014. King Juan Carlos was the first dignitary to arrive in Bogota for the presidential inauguration to which as many as 70 official international delegations were invited.

“For four decades I had the privilege of representing Spain around the world and especially in the region with which we share historical ties,” said the King at an official dinner organised by President Santos and First Lady Maria Clemencia Rodriguez at the Colombian Chancellery.

After being crowned King of Spain I felt it was my duty, as well as my dream, to do my utmost to contribute to the creation of the Latin American Community of Nations. That dream has since become reality in the globalised world we are living in,” said King Juan Carlos. During the official toast, Colombian President Santos praised King Juan Carlos for the difference his reign made in Spain and around the world.

King Juan Carlos made his first official visit to Colombia in 1976 and since then he has closely followed the efforts and sacrifices made by the South American country to achieve its justice, prosperity and peace goals, he said.

Following his abdication, Juan Carlos I and his wife Sofia have both retained their royal titles as a courtesy.

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