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Felipe VI
A new royal era
Spain's first royal transition since the restoration of democracy in the mid-70s saw Prince Felipe take over from his father, King Juan Carlos, who has abdicated in his favour.

The new king with his daughters
The new king with his daughters

01.07.2014 - Felipe became King Felipe VI in a low-profile ceremony at the specific request of the new monarch, who is anxious to avoid ostentation at a time when many Spaniards are finding it hard to make ends meet.  After his formal proclamation in Parliament, Felipe and his wife, former TV journalist Letizia Ortiz, were driven through the centre of Madrid to greet the crowds.  His acceptance speech showed he was clearly aware of the need to improve the reputation of the crown and he spoke of leading by example.

Changes are already evident at the Palace, with the royal website amended to remove details of Felipe's sisters, the Princesses Elena and Cristina, and replace them with the heirs to the throne, his own two young daughters.  Despite being generally very popular, the new King, aged 46, faces a tough job to restore the image of the monarchy, which has become tarnished during the last few years due to some controversial actions by Juan Carlos, including his infamous elephant hunting trip to Africa, more rumours of past marital infidelity and his sister Cristina who faces charges of tax avoidance and money laundering.  Felipe will also have to deal with a growing wave of opinion that wants a republican Spain.

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