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Spanish king presides over final military ceremony

Spain's King Juan Carlos (L) and Queen Sofia attend a tribute to fallen soldiers during Armed Forces Day in Madrid on June 8, 2014Spain’s Juan Carlos, who announced plans to abdicate last week, presided Sunday over his last military ceremony as king before he cedes the throne to his more popular son Prince Felipe. Hundreds of onlookers applauded and chanted “Long live the king!” as the 76-year-old monarch, dressed in a brown military uniform, reviewed troops at Spain’s annual armed forces day ceremony in central Madrid. The king, who walks with a cane after multiple hip operations, was flanked by his wife Queen Sofia, and Felipe, who wore a white navy uniform, and his wife Princess Letizia, a former TV news reader.

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