Felipe VI becomes Spain's king, calls for unity with diversity

Spain's new King Felipe VI, his wife Queen Letizia, Princess Leonor and Princess Sofia arrive at the Congress of Deputies to attend the swearing-in ceremony in Madrid

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Spain's new king, Felipe VI, was sworn in on Thursday in a relatively modest ceremony which monarchists hope will usher in a new era of popularity for the troubled royal household.

He called immediately for Spain to stay united but respect the cultural differences among its regions, ending a speech by saying "thank you" in four languages: Castilian Spanish, Basque, Catalan and Galician.

Felipe became king after his father, Juan Carlos, abdicated earlier this month following a series of scandals that led many Spaniards - especially younger generations - to question the role of the monarchy itself. (Reuters)

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