Spanish King has new hip: Palace

Spanish King Juan Carlos fractured his hip in a fall during a private visit to Botswana.

Madrid: Surgeons replaced Spanish King Juan Carlos`s hip in Madrid on Saturday after he fractured it in a fall during a private visit to Botswana, the royal palace said.

The 74-year-old King "had a surgical operation on his hip this morning at USP San Jose Hospital in Madrid," the palace said in a statement.

"Juan Carlos had suffered a fracture of his right hip into three pieces, linked to arthritis," it added.

"A reconstruction of the parts of the fracture was carried out and a hip implant was installed."

It said Juan Carlos suffered an "accidental fall" in Botswana.

It was the fourth operation the King has undergone in the past two years.

He had a benign tumour removed from a lung in May 2010, and last June he was given an artificial right knee joint. Then in September he had a torn Achilles tendon repaired.

In November, the King donned sunglasses at an official ceremony to hide a black eye that a palace spokesman said he sustained when he was "hit by a doorknob”.

On Tuesday, the royal family said that Juan Carlos`s 13-year-old grandson Felipe Marichalar Borbon had shot himself in the foot with a shotgun. (AFP)