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On May 1977 his father, who was never King, transferred  to Juan Carlos all rights to the throne.   One month later the first democratic elections since 1936 were held.  On December 6th, 1978, the current constitution, which defined the role of the King, was adopted.  On February 23, 1981, the future of the King and of Spain was tested.   (Click here to read what happened.)  In the last 20 years the King has become a very influential world figure.  He is a major reason that Spain has once again assumed a important role in world affairs. The King is also an avid sportsman.  He particularly enjoys skiing and sailing. 

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