King of Spain Has Very Silly Ring Tone

King Juan Carlos of Spain Has Very Silly Ring Tone

You'd think that people would have had enough of silly ring tones. But it seems even a king can't resist downloading a sound that tickles the royal fancy.

That became clear Monday when the new ambassadors from several South and Central American nations presented their credentials to Spain's King Juan Carlos at a ceremony at the palace in Madrid.

The 73-year-old king was welcoming the new ambassador from Honduras, Norman Garcia Paz, when the slightly eerie sound of a giggling child rang out, El Pais newspaper reported.

The assembled ambassadors froze as they realized the incongruous sound was coming from a cell phone.

After a few seconds of uncertainty, His Majesty moved to a sideboard, reached in a drawer for his phone and put it on lock. He politely apologized, then smoothly resumed the meet-and-greet.

The king didn't reveal what inspired his unusual ring tone, but he and Queen Sofia do have eight grandchildren. The youngest are the 5-year-old Infanta Leonor and 3-year-old Infanta Sofia, daughters of Crown Prince Felipe and Crown Princess Letizia, and 5-year-old Irene Urdangarin, daughter of Infanta Cristina.

It's not the first time the Spanish monarch has made headlines for phone ring tones. At a summit in November 2007, Juan Carlos famously told Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, "Why don't you shut up?" The outburst was turned into a ring tone that became a hit across Spain.

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