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King Juan Carlos 'comfortable' after hip op

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King Juan Carlos 'comfortable' after hip op

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Spain’s King Juan Carlos is recovering after having undergone a successful temporary hip replacement, but will need further surgery in two months time.

The 75-year-old monarch’s sixth operation in two years has revived speculation that the increasingly frail king may be close to abdicating, something which the palace has denied.

Most Spaniards would like his son 45-year-old Prince Felipe to take over according to a poll, although support for a republic has
also grown.