| King Juan Carlos of Spain is the grandson of King Alfonso XII. As a young prince, he was named by Spanish dictator Generalissimo Franco as the future King of Spain.
In November 1975, following the death of Franco, Juan Carlos became King. He has since worked to create a true constitutional monarchy in Spain and has turned governmental power over to democratically- elected officials.
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