Felipe VI becomes new king of Spain after father's abdication

Felipe VI has become the new king of Spain after succeeding his father Juan Carlos, who abdicated earlier this month.

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Spain welcomes a new King after father's abdication

Spain's new king, Felipe VI, has appeared before the nation for the first time, greeting the public from a balcony flanked by his family.

King Felipe stands with the new HM Queen Letizia of Spain, along with his two daughters. Credit: Reuters

Prince Felipe officially became King Felipe VI of Spain, after his father, King Juan Carlos, abdicated due to poor health.

The new King waves to the crowd after his coronation. Credit: Reuters
Hundreds greet the new King with Spanish flags. Credit: Reuters

Felipe becomes the new King of Spain

Spain's new king, Felipe VI has been sworn in today, in a low-key ceremony which monarchists hope will usher in a new era for the country.

King Felipe swore loyalty to Spain's constitution before addressing the chamber. He was accompanied by his wife, the newly crowned HM Queen Letizia of Spain.

King Felipe stands with the new HM Queen Letizia of Spain. Credit: Reuters
Juan Carlos gives Felipe the sash of the Captain General, the Spanish Army's top rank Credit: Reuters
King Felipe waves to the crowd after being sworn in, his wife watches on. Credit: Reuters

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Low key ceremony planned for new Spain's new king

The ceremony to swear in the new king of Spain has been designed to chime with times of austerity, palace officials said, mindful that more than one in four Spanish workers is jobless despite an incipient economic recovery.

Felipe VI and Princess Letizia of Spain. Credit: AlterPhotos/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

Hopes for the new king are high, and some believe that, despite his role being mainly symbolic as head of state, he will use his position to push dialogue over the challenge of a separatist movement in wealthy northeastern Catalonia.

Felipe, who is 46, will wear military uniform with a sash and swear loyalty to Spain's constitution before addressing the chamber. He will then be driven through central Madrid with hiswife, Queen Letizia, a former journalist.

New king of Spain Felipe VI to be sworn in

The new king of Spain will be sworn in later in a low-key ceremony which monarchists hope will usher in a new era of popularity for the troubled royal household.

Felipe VI becomes king after his father, Juan Carlos, abdicated earlier this month following a series of scandals that led many Spaniards to question the role of the monarchy itself.

Felipe VI becomes king after his father, Juan Carlos, abdicated. Credit: PA

The ceremony, at Spain's lower house of parliament, has little pomp and circumstance compared with royal handovers in other countries.

It is more of a legal process, attended by lawmakers, high-level politicians and some members of the royal family. No foreign leaders have been invited.

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