In pictures: Spain's King Felipe VI proclaimed in Madrid

Spain's King Felipe VI waves following his proclamation on 19 June 2014

Felipe VI has been proclaimed the king of Spain following the abdication of his father Juan Carlos.

King Felipe VI waves as he stands with Queen Letizia during the swearing-in ceremony at the Spanish parliament, 19 June 2014

The king, accompanied by his wife Queen Letizia, was formally sworn in as monarch in a ceremony at Spain's Congress building.

Spain's new King Felipe VI is applauded as he stands next to his wife Queen Letizia, and their daughters Princess Leonor and Princess Sofia during the swearing-in ceremony at the Congress of Deputies in Madrid, on 19 June 2014

He swore an oath promising to uphold the constitution and gave a speech in which he said he had "great hope" for the future of Spain.

Spain's King Felipe VI Queen Letizia ride in a vehicle through Plaza de Cibeles on their way from the Congress of Deputies to the Royal Palace in Madrid on 19 June 2014

King Felipe then rode through the streets of Madrid in an open-top car on his way to the Royal Palace.

A general view shows Spain's new King Felipe VI and his wife Queen Letizia as they parade by car through the streets of Madrid on 19 June 2014

Crowds of wellwishers lined the streets of the Spanish capital to see the new king go past.

Spain's King Felipe VI waves in the motorcade on his way from the Congress of Deputies to the Royal Palace in Madrid on 19 June 2014

His accession to the throne comes at a time when many in Spain are struggling with economic hardship. Meanwhile many Catalans want a referendum on independence, and there is a growing debate about whether the monarchy is the right institution to lead this country forward.

Spain's new King Felipe VI, his wife Queen Letizia, Princess Sofia and Princess Leonor (left) appear on the balcony of the Royal Palace in Madrid, on 19 June 2014

King Felipe was accompanied during the day's proceedings by his wife, Queen Letizia, and their daughters Princess Leonor (left) and Princess Sofia, who also greeted the assembled crowds from the balcony at the Royal Palace.

Spain's Queen Sofia (left) gestures as Infanta Elena applauds during the swearing-in ceremony for King Felipe VI on 19 June 2014

Felipe's mother, Queen Sofia (left), attended the proclamation ceremony with Felipe's older sister, the Infanta Elena.

Spain's King Felipe VI (left) hugs his father Juan Carlos during a handing over ceremony for the sash signifying the leadership of the military at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid on 19 June 2014

Earlier, King Felipe received the royal sash from his father, Juan Carlos, in a ceremony at the Zarzuela Palace. His father formally abdicated on Wednesday.

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