Felipe VI has been proclaimed the new king of Spain.
A new chapter in Spanish history was formally marked with a low-key ceremony at the Palace of Zarazuela, located on the outskirts of Madrid, at 9.30 local time.
The new monarch officially acceded to the throne on the stroke of midnight on Wednesday, following the abdication of his father, King Juan Carlos.
Despite the importance and formality of the ceremony, it remained a touching family affair.
Proudly watching as Felipe was proclaimed king was his queen Letizia, elegant in a white dress coat by her favourite designer Felipe Varela, and their two daughters, Princess Sofia and Princess Leonor – the future of Spain’s monarchy.
The king”s first act was to officially receive the royal sash from his father. The two men then touchingly embraced as their family applauded. Felipe, dressed in his blue military uniform, then walked over to his loved ones, including his mother Queen Sofia, and kissed them all, while Juan Carlos shook hands with officials.
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After a few precious moments together as a family, and their first official pictures, Felipe and his wife then left the Palace and headed to the Congress of Deputies, accompanied by their children, for the swearing-in ceremony and Felipe’s first speech as king.
Juan Carlos decided not to attend to ensure all attention in on his son.
There were magnificent scenes outside the Parliament building ahead of the royal family”s arrival as the armed forces paraded into formation. Spain”s premiere family slowly processed through the streets of Madrid in two black Rolls Royces, Felipe and Letizia riding in the first car, and their daughters closely behind.
Their route was lined with members of the public, waving flags and cheering as the cars drove by.