July 31, 2014
Felipe VI becomes Spain's King
Spain's new king, Felipe VI, was sworn in in a low-key ceremony which monarchists hope will usher in a new era of popularity for the troubled royal household.
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.