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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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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.

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