Spain's future king Felipe vows to serve nation

Spanish King Juan Carlos (L) and Spain's Crown Prince Felipe stand during a military ceremony marking the bicentenial of the Royal and Military Order of Saint Hermenegild (Real y Militar Orden de San Hermenegildo) in El Escorial on Jun 3, 2014. Spain
Spanish King Juan Carlos (L) and Spain's Crown Prince Felipe stand during a military ceremony marking the bicentenial of the Royal and Military Order of Saint Hermenegild (Real y Militar Orden de San Hermenegildo) in El Escorial on Jun 3, 2014. Spain's king-in-waiting Prince Felipe vowed to work for a "united and diverse" nation in his first public remarks since King Juan Carlos announced his abdication. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - Spain's king-in-waiting Prince Felipe vowed on Wednesday to work for a "united and diverse" nation in his first public remarks since King Juan Carlos announced his abdication.

While stressing his respect for Spain's parliament, which has yet to proclaim him monarch, the prince promised to devote all his strength to serving the Spanish people and "our dear Spain - a nation, a united and diverse social and political community that has its roots in a millennium-long history."