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Spain's King Felipe VI Crowned in Coronation Ceremony

Spain's King Felipe VI was formally proclaimed monarch Thursday after his father abdicated so that younger royal blood could rally the country.

. The crown of Spain's king is displayed during the swearing-in ceremony of Spain's King Felipe VI at the Spanish parliament on June 19, 2014. Felipe was formally proclaimed monarch on Thursday after his father, 76-year-old King Juan Carlos, abdicated so that younger royal blood could rally a country beset by economic problems. Daniel Ochoa De Olza / AP

. King Felipe VI walks toward the balcony of the Royal Palace in Madrid on Thursday. Javier Lizon / Pool via AP

. Spain's new King Felipe VI, his wife Queen Letizia, Princess Sofia and Princess Leonor attend the swearing-in ceremony at the Congress of Deputies. Juan Medina / Reuters

. Queen Letizia touches the cheek of daughter Princess Sofia at the Congress of Deputies during King Felipe VI of Spain's first speech to make his proclamation. Paco Campo / Pool via Getty Images

. King Felipe VI is sworn in as the new Spanish king. Daniel Ochoa De Olza / AP

. Spain's King Juan Carlos places the Sash of Captain-General on new King Felipe VI. Zipi / Pool via Reuters

. Princess Sofia, Princess Leonor of Asturias, King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and General Admiral Fernando GarciĀ­a Sanchez watch a parade of the Civil Guard at the Congress of Deputies. Sergio Barrenechea / Pool via Getty Images

. King Felipe VI greets crowds of well-wishers at the Royal Palace during the king's official coronation ceremony. Christopher Furlong / Getty Images