GRA324. SEVILLA, 09/04/2016.- El Rey emérito Don Juan Carlos I preside desde el Palco del Príncipe la corrida de hoy de la feria de Abril de Sevilla, en la plaza de toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería. EFE/Julio Muñoz

A TRIP to the bullring was a perhaps predictable way for Spain’s former king to celebrate his first trip to Sevilla in eight years.

And the three bullfighters, Enrique Ponce, Jose Maria Manzanares and Peruvian Andres Roca Rey, celebrated the royal presence by dedicating their performances to Juan Carlos senior.

Juan Carlos, his daughter Infanta Elena and his granddaughter Victoria Federica presided over events from the royal gallery in his first trip to the iconic Maestranza bullring since 2008.

The king – who was visiting for the city’s annual Feria de Abril – inaugurated a statue of his mother on the Paseo de Colon.

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