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Parade, balcony-wave to start new Spanish king's reign

Published on Jun 17, 2014 10:50 AM

MADRID (AFP) - Spain plans a relatively low-key start on Thursday to the reign of its new king, Felipe VI.

There will be no gala coronation but he and the new Queen Letizia will wave to the masses after he is sworn in by parliament.

The ceremonies were organised in just a couple of weeks after Prince Felipe's father King Juan Carlos on June 2 announced his abdication.

No visiting foreign dignitaries are invited. Here are some of the scheduled highlights: - - On Wednesday, at Madrid's old Royal Palace, a historic ceremonial venue, not a residence, King Juan Carlos signs the act of parliament formalising his abdication in front of 150 invited dignitaries.

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