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Spain king to skip heir Felipe's swearing-in

Published on Jun 13, 2014 1:13 AM

MADRID (AFP) - Spain's King Juan Carlos will skip the swearing-in of his son Felipe as his successor on June 19 so as not to grab attention from him, the palace said on Thursday.

Dogged over recent years by scandals and health problems, Juan Carlos is abdicating in favour of his more popular son, after a historic four-decade reign.

Prince Felipe, 46, will be sworn in by parliament accompanied by his wife Letizia, their two daughters Leonor, eight, and Sofia, seven, and his mother Queen Sofia, a palace spokesman said.

"King Juan Carlos will not attend, so as to give more prominence to the new king," the spokesman said.

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