King Juan Carlos of Spain gets second hip operation after fall

File - In this July 19, 2011 file photo Spain's King Juan Carlos, waits before a meeting at the Zarzuela Palace, in Madrid. Spain's King Juan Carlos has successfully undergone hip replacement surgery to repair minor damage related to arthritis worsened by a fall, his fourth operation in less than two years, royal palace officials said Saturday April 14, 2012. Leading newspaper El Pais reported on its website that the king had been on an elephant hunting trip when the fall occurred, but the palace declined to comment, saying the visit was a private matter. This is not the first time the aging monarch's love of hunting has caused concern. In October 2006, a Russian governor launched an inquiry into reports that Juan Carlos had shot and killed a bear while on holiday near Moscow. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza, File) Daniel Ochoa de Olza

Spain's King Juan Carlos waits before a meeting at the Zarzuela Palace, in Madrid on July 19, 2011.
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(CBS/AP) King Juan Carlos of Spain left a Madrid hospital on Friday after undergoing a second operation to fix a hip he broke two weeks ago during a much-criticized elephant hunting trip to Africa.

The royal palace said the 74-year-old monarch was taken to San Jose Hospital late Thursday due to a dislocation on his right hip, which had been subject to replacement surgery after a fall in Botswana.

Pictures: The Spanish royal family

The hospital said in a statement that he had recovered satisfactorily overnight and was given the all-clear midmorning.

Juan Carlos came in for heavy criticism earlier this month for going on the unannounced hunting trip at the same time as Spain is suffering a severe economic recession, soaring unemployment and fears that it could be the next European nation to need an international bailout.

The king later made an unprecedented public apology for his actions.

"I am very sorry. I made a mistake. It won't happen again," he said.

The palace said the king made the Botswana trip as a guest of unnamed hosts - so no taxpayer money was spent.

The royal family has been in the news a lot recently - and not for the best reasons.

The king's son-in-law Inaki Urdangarin is a suspect in a corruption case, accused of using his position to embezzle several million euros in public contracts through a not-for-profit foundation. Then, over Easter, the king's 13-year-old grandson shot himself in the foot with a shotgun, even though in Spain a person must be 14 to legally handle a gun.

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