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King Felipe VI Proclaimed New Ruler of Spain With Queen Letizia, Princesses By His Side: Coronation Pictures

Celebrity News Jun. 19, 2014 AT 10:50AM
King Felipe VI of Spain and Queen Letizia of Spain pose with daughters King Felipe VI of Spain and Queen Letizia of Spain pose with daughters Princess Leonor, Princess of Asturias and Princess Sofia infront of the Lions Gate at the Congress of Deputies during the King's official coronation ceremony on June 19, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. Credit: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

New regal obsession! King Felipe VI was proclaimed the new King of Spain on Thursday, June 19, celebrating his coronation before Parliament in Madrid, with wife Queen Letizia, and royal couple's two young daughters, Leonor and Sofia.

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King Felipe, 46, looked handsome in a navy military uniform for the formal swearing-in ceremony. Addressing parliament, Felipe VI spoke of heading a monarchy "for new times," CNN reported. "We have a great country, we are a great nation," he said. "Let us believe and trust in ourselves."

The new King then swore an oath promising to uphold the constitution in the chambers, where the 17th Century royal scepter and 18th Century Spanish crown were showcased.

The crown and scepter  at Spanish Parliament on June 19, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.
The crown and scepter at Spanish Parliament on June 19, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.
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During his first parliamentary address as King, Felipe also paid tribute to his parents—lauding the accomplishments of King Juan Carlos. Felipe's father, 76, ruled Spain for 39 years and is credited with restoring Spain to democracy after the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975.

In one emotional moment earlier that morning, King Juan Carlos handed over his red military chief sash to his son at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid. Felipe, the middle of three kids, also praised his mother Queen Sofia for her devotion to Spain.

King Juan Carlos places the sash of the captain general of the armed forces on his son King Felipe VI of Spain in a ceremony held in the Hearing Room Zarzuela Palace, prior to the King's official coronation ceremony on June 19, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.
King Juan Carlos places the sash of the captain general of the armed forces on his son King Felipe VI of Spain in a ceremony held in the Hearing Room Zarzuela Palace, prior to the King's official coronation ceremony on June 19, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.
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Following his speech, King Felipe and Queen Letizia, a former journalist, rode in a parade through the packed streets of Madrid headed to the Royal Palace. The royal family, including 8-year-old Princess Leonor and 7-year-old Sofia appeared on the balcony of the residences, waving to the masses below. The royal couple's daughters looked adorable in matching pale peach and mint green frocks.

King Juan Carlos, Princess Leonor, Princess of Asturias, King Felipe VI of Spain, Queen Letizia of Spain, Princess Sofia and Queen Sofia greet crowds of wellwishers as they appear at the balcony of the Royal Palace during the King's official coronation ceremony on June 19, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.
King Juan Carlos, Princess Leonor, Princess of Asturias, King Felipe VI of Spain, Queen Letizia of Spain, Princess Sofia and Queen Sofia greet crowds of wellwishers as they appear at the balcony of the Royal Palace during the King's official coronation ceremony on June 19, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.
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Letizia, 41, looked beautiful in a marshmallow white sheath dress and matching coat with an embellished neckline, which she accessorized with nude pumps and a tiny braid at the crown of her head.

The new King of Spain Felipe VI, Queen Letizia of Spain greet wellwishers from the balcony of the Royal Palace during the King's official coronation ceremony on June 19, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.
The new King of Spain Felipe VI, Queen Letizia of Spain greet wellwishers from the balcony of the Royal Palace during the King's official coronation ceremony on June 19, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.
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The new Queen of Spain was not bashful to show her husband affection throughout the day, holding his hand before he addressed Parliament and giving him a kiss moments after he was proclaimed King.

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