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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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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