King Felipe VI of Spain was supported by his beautiful wife Queen Letizia as he took part in a military ceremony on Wednesday.
Felipe, who was recently crowned king, received the royal sash of the chief of the armed forces from his father King Juan Carlos, during his proclamation last Thursday.
Felipe”s next act was therefore to inspect and receive his country”s Armed Forces and Civil Guards at the royal palace in Madrid.
King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia
Dressed in his traditional military uniform and red sash, the 46-year-old monarch looked confident as he saluted his troops. Felipe, who previously bore the title of the Prince of Asturias before his coronation, will be working closely with a team of six men.
Another change that Felipe saw was the abolition of the role of his secretary, which was replaced by another secretary who would help Felipe”s parents King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía instead.
King Felipe VI gave a speech, promising to show “strength and dedication” to his troops
During the ceremony, the national anthem was sung and the troops took part in a parade, after which Felipe gave a speech.
As chief of the armed forces, the charismatic royal said that he would promise to show “strength and dedication” to his troops and sympathised with the “difficulties” that they were going through, given the current economic climate.
The ceremony took place at the royal palace in Madrid
“I promise to always support you,” said Felipe, speaking to the representatives of the Spanish army. “And to maintain a tight relationship with the men and women who, in effect, serve this country.”
Between the applause and the cheers of “Long live the king”, Letizia smiled out proudly at her husband. The mother-of-two oozed elegance wearing a fitted skirt and blazer and nude court heels.
King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia walked arm in arm after the ceremony
It hadn”t been a particularly easy day for Felipe, as a Palma de Mallorca court had just charged the king”s sister Cristina and her husband Inaki Urdangarin with fiscal fraud and money laundering.
Letizia, nevertheless, was on hand to support her husband throughout the military event. The royal couple, who are parents to Princesses Leonor and Sofía, showed that they were a united front at even the most difficult of times as they smiled affectionately and walked arm in arm after the ceremony.