The King greeted the press on his way into hospital on Tuesday.
King Juan Carlos worked right up to the last minute before going under the knife in the Quirón private hospital in Madrid on Tuesday.
On Monday, standing without the aid of crutches, he received a delegation from Morocco and on Tuesday morning he met Prime Minister Rajoy before receiving 16 new ambassadors. They all had to hand in their credentials to the king before being able to take up their roles and were catered for despite the scheduled operation, albeit with less pomp and ceremony than usual.
After the two-hour operation surgeon MiguelCabanela said that it had “fortunately gone very well”. He explained that the monarch had been given a provisional prosthesis that will allow him a “certain degree of activity” before the permanent artificial hip is fitted in eight weeks’ time.
The hip implanted last November had to be removed due to an infection that we be fought with antibiotics over the next six weeks.
On Wednesday the hospital was the scene of the coming and going of royals and politicians.
Queen Sofía, who had also been at the clinic during the operation, was the first to arrive, followed by the Prince and Princess of Asturias. Later the Infanta Cristina, who now lives with her children in Switzerland following the Nóos scandal involving her husband, visited her father, as did the Infanta Elena, accompanied by her son Froilán.
Representing the government Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría visited the monarch in the absence of Rajoy.