Spain's King Juan Carlos I is presently announcing his abdication, according to the BBC. The Royal Family has been dogged by continued scandals, including ongoing proceedings regarding his daughter, Cristina, Duchess of Mallorca. The King's son, Felipe, Prince of Asturias, is next in line for the throne.
Juan Carlos has gotten a great deal of well-earned negative attention for his family's poor decision-making and for his poor PR, including elephant hunting during the Great Recession (ewww). But Juan Carlos will always be remembered by me as the man who will leave the last true dictator of Western Europe, Francisco Franco - an honest-to-God fascist, in the dictionary definition of the term - perpetually rolling in his grave. Franco groomed him to take over Falangist Spain as a dictator, but, upon Franco's death, the King guided Spain to democracy and stood against an attempted coup d'état that could have resulted in fascism returning to Spain.
Obviously, the legal proceedings surrounding Princess Cristina need to play out without interference (and, thus far, there is no reason to think that they won't). But I hope that history and the Spanish People will both remember Juan Carlos primarily for irrevocably breaking fascism's last stronghold in Europe.