FELIPE VI IS PROCLAIMED KING OF SPAIN

Felipe VI, the son of King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia, was proclaimed King of Spain on June 19, 2014 in Madrid’s parliament, the day after King Juan Carlos abdicated.  King Felipe, flanked by his wife, Queen Letizia, and their daughters, Infantas Leonor and Sofia, swore an oath to uphold the constitution.  In his speech, the new king expressed his gratitude to his mother for her devotion to the Spanish people and paid tribute to his father for his “extraordinary” legacy in helping to steer Spain towards democracy.  King Felipe also vowed to be loyal to Spain and to strive to work for the interests of his country.   The capital was festooned in Spanish flags in celebration of the ascension of the new monarch with crowds cheering the royal family who appeared on the balcony of the Royal Palace.  Photos by Getty Images.

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