Spain's king annoyed with queries about his health

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Posted: Jun 01, 2011 5:55 AM
Spain's king annoyed with queries about his health

Spain's King Juan Carlos has shown that he has a sarcastic side, berating reporters who queried him about his health and saying he feels "terrible, terrible, seeing that you like killing me."

The normally affable monarch made the comments to reporters at Zarzuela Palace, and video of the encounter was a hit in Spanish media.

The 73-year-old king went back later on Tuesday to the same group of Spanish correspondents who cover the royalty and said he didn't mean to single them out but that some in the media are hinting he "was about to die, ready to be put in a box."

The palace earlier announced that Juan Carlos will have corrective knee surgery. The monarch had a benign tumor removed from his right lung last year.