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Spain welcomes new king

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 01:09

June 19 - Spain's new king makes his first public appearance. Natalie Thomas reports.

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Spain's new king appears before the nation for the first time Prince Felipe officially became King Felipe VI of Spain at midnight on Wednesday. He takes over after the suprise abdication of King Juan Carlos With his family looking on, the former king hands the royal sash to his son in a ceremony at the Zarzuela Palace Spain's new head of state will face a barrage of challenges The country is struggling with high unemployment and a surging independence movement in wealthy Catalonia He will also have to rebuild the monarchy's reputation after a wave of scandals For now these issues can wait Today is about pomp and ceremony, Most of these Spaniards lining the street appeared to wish their new king well.

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Spain welcomes new king

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 01:09