Juan Carlos I King of Spain

Progressive ruler of Spain beginning in 1975 who was appointed by Spanish dictator Francisco Franco who notably stepped away from the authoritarian policies of the Francoist regime and began to transition Spain towards democracy. He attended military academy, naval school and Air Force school while growing up to gain training and experience. He oversaw Spain's first post-Franco democratic elections and helped promulgate a new constitution. His sisters are Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz and Infanta Margarita, Duchess of Soria. He was elected King of Spain two days after the death of infamous dictator Francisco Franco. [+]