The conservation group World Wildlife Fund ousted Spain's King Juan Carlos as its honorary president after his Botswana hunting trip sparked an outcry for its extravagance during an economic crisis.
The king's private visit came to light this year when he was rushed back to Madrid to undergo hip surgery after falling during the trip.
A firestorm ensued, forcing the 74-year-old king to apologize in April.
"I am very sorry. I made a mistake and it won't happen again," the king said on Spanish state television as he left the hospital.
The Spanish chapter of the WWF voted Saturday to abolish the honorary post, which the king has held since 1968.FULL STORY