Adiós King Juan Carlos

King Juan Carlos abdicates - good, bad and ugly moments in a 40-year reign

King Juan Carlos's almost 40 years on the throne have been marked by triumphs, tragedies – and some terrible trip-ups. Here is a look at some of the highs and lows in his life

 
The high point of King Juan Carlos's reign was undoubtedly his intervention to prevent a military coup, in the shaky years after the dictator General Francisco Franco died.
 
A group of 200 Civil Guards, under Lieutenant Colonel Antonio Tejero, stormed into the lower house of parliament in February 1981, as the MPs were voting in a new prime minister.
 
 
 
Vocabulary:
 
a trip-up -
 
a coup -
 
shaky (adj) -
 
to storm -
 
 
 
to dismiss -
 
rabble-rousing -
 
to hiss -
 
from the sidelines -
 
to jeer -
 
amusement (n) -
 
to shut up -
 
to spawn -
 
to undergo surgery -
 
to injure -
 
a hip -
 
to plummet -
 
hanky-panky -
 
battered (reputation) -
 
needless to say -
 
a brush with controversy -
 
to dose up -
 
good-humoured (adj) -
 
jolly (adj) -
 
money laundering -
 
a household -
 
to be aware of stg -
 
to leak (to the press) -
 
to heal -
 
a rift -
 
an onlooker -
 
a bruise -
 
a plaster -
 
to slam (a door) -
 
to thrive -
 
childhood (n) -
 
a revolver -
 
a forehead -
 
to nudge -
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Comments

Roberto said…
Better late than never.In spanish we say "una retirada a tiempo es una victoria".In this case,five or six years ago,he missed an opportunity to achieve a victory,and to keep a good(more or less)reputation.
Graham said…
Roberto,

I've never been a fan of Juan Carlos but I recognise that he has done a good job for Spain.

Let's see how Felipe copes.
Roberto said…
Let´s see...