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Felipe VI takes oath as King of Spain

June 19, 2014, 14:35 UTC+3
Several minutes before that, the abdicated King Juan Carlos I has handed to the new king the red sash, the regalia of commander-in-chief of the country’s armed forces
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King Juan Carlos (R) embraces his son, the new King of Spain Felipe VI
King Juan Carlos (R) embraces his son, the new King of Spain Felipe VI
King Juan Carlos (R) embraces his son, the new King of Spain Felipe VI
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 Spain's new King Felipe VI (R) is welcomed by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy
 Spain's new King Felipe VI (R) is welcomed by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy
Spain's new King Felipe VI (R) is welcomed by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy
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Spain's Queen Letizia (front) kisses new King Felipe VI
Spain's Queen Letizia (front) kisses new King Felipe VI
Spain's Queen Letizia (front) kisses new King Felipe VI
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Spanish new King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia, their daughters, Princess Leonor of Asturias (2-L) and Princess Sofia (L) and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (2-R) stand at the national anthem
Spanish new King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia, their daughters, Princess Leonor of Asturias (2-L) and Princess Sofia (L) and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (2-R) stand at the national anthem
Spanish new King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia, their daughters, Princess Leonor of Asturias (2-L) and Princess Sofia (L) and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (2-R) stand at the national anthem
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Spanish Princess Leonor of Asturias (R) and her sister Princess Sofia (L)
Spanish Princess Leonor of Asturias (R) and her sister Princess Sofia (L)
Spanish Princess Leonor of Asturias (R) and her sister Princess Sofia (L)
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Spain's new King Felipe VI (L) adresses a speech after swearing allegiance to the Constitution
Spain's new King Felipe VI (L) adresses a speech after swearing allegiance to the Constitution
Spain's new King Felipe VI (L) adresses a speech after swearing allegiance to the Constitution
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Spain's new King Felipe VI (L) adresses a speech after swearing allegiance to the Constitution
Spain's new King Felipe VI (L) adresses a speech after swearing allegiance to the Constitution
Spain's new King Felipe VI (L) adresses a speech after swearing allegiance to the Constitution
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 The crown and sceptre are on display during the proclamation of the new King Felipe VI
 The crown and sceptre are on display during the proclamation of the new King Felipe VI
The crown and sceptre are on display during the proclamation of the new King Felipe VI
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King Juan Carlos (R) embraces his son, the new King of Spain Felipe VI
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Spain's new King Felipe VI (R) is welcomed by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy
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Spain's Queen Letizia (front) kisses new King Felipe VI
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Spanish new King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia, their daughters, Princess Leonor of Asturias (2-L) and Princess Sofia (L) and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (2-R) stand at the national anthem
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Spanish Princess Leonor of Asturias (R) and her sister Princess Sofia (L)
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Spain's new King Felipe VI (L) adresses a speech after swearing allegiance to the Constitution
© AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza
Spain's new King Felipe VI (L) adresses a speech after swearing allegiance to the Constitution
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The crown and sceptre are on display during the proclamation of the new King Felipe VI
© EPA/SERGIO BARRENECHEA / POOL

MADRID, June 19. /ITAR-TASS/. King Felipe VI of Spain has taken an oath on the country’s Constitution and has been proclaimed monarch.

Several minutes before that, the abdicated King Juan Carlos I handed to the new king the red sash, the regalia of commander-in-chief of the country’s armed forces.

 

The abdication of King Juan Carlos I

Juan Carlos I announced his decision to abdicate in favor of his son Felipe June 2. The king explained his decision by the need to hand over responsibilities to the new generation.

“When I look back, I get a feeling of profound pride about Spain’s achievements,” Juan Carlos I noted. “The economic crisis that hit our country has led to social inequality and made us analyze the mistakes. Spain’s revival should be led by the new generation that has vigor and ability to overcome all difficulties,” the monarch said.

In accordance with the Constitution of Spain, the country’s parliament was forced to approve a special draft bill that allowed the crown prince take the throne. The document was supported by deputies of Popular Party and Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, as well as by several other major political forces. Deputies of left-wing parties led by United Left coalition, deputies of nationalist parties of Catalonia and the Basque Country advocating sovereignty of these autonomous regions. Deputies of the Convergence and Union, the ruling coalition of Catalonia, abstained from voting.

Several thousands of people took to the main square of Madrid – Puerta del Sol — demanding the introduction of a republican form of government in Spain.

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