June 19, 2014 / 9:39 AM / 3 years ago

Spain's new king Felipe VI sworn in in muted ceremony

MADRID (Reuters) - 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 royal household.

Spain's new King Felipe VI and his wife Queen Letizia attend the swearing-in ceremony at the Congress of Deputies in Madrid, June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Juan Medina

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

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