Newly crowned King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain kiss on royal balcony


Newly crowned King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain kiss on royal balcony
After the excitement of the morning, it was time for King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain to officially greet members of the public.

The newly crowned reigning monarchs, who had just witnessed Felipe being sworn in as king earlier in the day, stepped out onto the balcony of the Royal Palace in Madrid.
 
 


Princess Leonor, King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia and Princess Sofía

Felipe, 46, had a moment to shine as he walked out first and was closely followed by his wife Letizia, 41. The couple beamed and waved down to the crowds of wellwishers, who had gathered to mark the historic moment.  
The event will have struck a chord with the couple, as the last time Felipe and Letizia stood on the balcony for a high-profile ceremony was more than ten years ago as newlyweds

 

The Spanish royal family unite on the balcony

This time, the king and queen were joined by their two beautiful daughters, Princess Leonor, 8, and seven-year-old Princess Sofía. Despite the thousands of people below, it was a truly family affair as Felipe lovingly kissed his wife and daughters on the cheek.
The blonde youngsters stole the show, wearing matching pink and blue pleated dresses. Leonor, who is now first-in-line to the throne and styled as the Princess of Asturias, followed her mum”s style and had her hair swept into side braids, while her younger sister Sofía looked sweet wearing a dainty headband.
The family of four were joined by Felipe”s parents King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía, who have still kept their original titles.
 

Earlier in the day, King Felipe VI was driven around the streets of Madrid

Before making their first appearance on the balcony as Spain”s new king and queen, Felipe and Letizia were driven around the streets of Madrid in an open-top car.
All attention was given to Felipe as he stood throughout the drive and waved to wellwishers who shouted “Long live the king” and proudly brandished Spanish flags as he drove by. 
Letizia, meanwhile, dotingly sat at her husband”s side and waved out to the crowds while Princesses Leonor and Sofía followed their parents in a separate, covered car.
 

King Felipe VI waves from his open-top car

Felipe was sworn in at around 9:30am local time on Thursday, in a low-key ceremony at the Palace of Zarzuela, located on the outskirts of Madrid. The father-of-two was presented with the royal sash by his father King Juan Carlos, and promised to uphold the constitution. 
After their first official pictures, the royal family minus King Juan Carlos headed to the Congress of Deputies where Felipe gave his first speech as a king and the national anthem was sung.

The final event of the day will be a reception and lunch held at the Royal Palace, in honour of the new reigning monarchs.