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