Spain’s King Juan Carlos will be returning to hospital for more hip surgery, but the palace denies that he is considering abdication.
There has been a flurry of speculation in Spain that the 75-year-old, who has been looking increasingly frail in recent months, may be preparing to step down.
The king has had five surgeries in the last two years, including two hip replacements. The left hip is set to be replaced again due to an infection.
Rafael Spottorno, Chief of Staff at Royal Palace told journalists: “Abdicating is a personal decision of a king, and I confirm that the king has not suggested an abdication at any time.”
Medical experts said King Juan Carlos’ recovery from the procedures could take up to six months.
Earlier this year a poll suggested that half of Spaniards thought the king should step down.