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The former monarch, 84, who currently lives in self-imposed exile in Abu Dhabi, was reportedly asked not to attend today's state funeral by Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchéz.
But the royal, who abdicated in 2014 amid multiple legal issues, has been seen this morning alongside the world's leaders and royals.
The disgraced former King Juan Carlos of Spain has arrived at Westminster Abbey despite a row over his attendance at the Queen's funeral
The royal, who abdicated in 2014 amid multiple legal issues, has been seen this morning alongside the world's leaders and royals, pictured alongside his wife, Sofia
The former monarch, 84, who currently lives in self-imposed exile in Abu Dhabi, was reportedly asked not to attend today's state funeral
Queen Letizia of Spain and the King of Spain King Felipe VI head for Westminster Abbey
King Juan Carlos I, 84, was pictured arriving at the 'reception of the century' at Buckingham Palace with Queen Sofía last night
The Spanish government had reportedly made it clear they wished for King Felipe VI, Carlos's son, to be their representative at the state funeral.
El Debate reported the ex-monarch, the late Queen's distant cousin, was privately contacted by Spanish government officials a few days ago to ask him not to attend the service.
But Juan Carlos made the trip to London despite still awaiting trial in the UK for a harassment case involving an ex-partner.
The Royal Family extended Carlos an invitation, but it makes his first appearance at a royal event since his abdication.
Some fear it undermines the position of his successor King Felipe VI, who is also at the service today.
King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain looked dignified as they viewed the Queen's coffin lying-in-state on Sunday evening
Carlos stepped down after nearly 40 years on the throne in 2014 after becoming embroiled in a scandal over