MADRID, June 19 Spain's new king, Felipe VI, was
sworn in on Thursday in a low-key ceremony which monarchists
hope will usher in a new era of popularity for the troubled
Felipe became king after his father, Juan Carlos, abdicated
earlier this month following a series of scandals that led many
Spaniards to question the role of the monarchy itself.
Hopes for the new king are high, and some believe that,
despite his role being mainly symbolic as head of state, he will
use his position to push dialogue over the challenge of a
separatist movement in wealthy northeastern Catalonia.
(Reporting by Tracy Rucinski; Editing by Toby Chopra)