Update 18 June: King Juan Carlos has signed the abdication law which paves the way for his son’s proclamation as King Felipe VI tomorrow morning. The formal act has just been televised live from the Royal Palace in Madrid, and the above images were taken as screenshots from the broadcast.
Original post 2 June: The King of Spain has abdicated in favour of his son, Crown Prince Felipe, Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy has announced this morning. KIng Juan Carlos has reigned since his coronation in November 1975, and oversaw the transition from dictatorship to constitutional parliamentary democracy. The King had become increasingly frail and is said to have decided to abdicate when he reached 76 in January. The new King, Felipe Prince of Asturias, is married to divorcee journalist Letizia Ortiz, and the couple have two daughters, Leonor and Sofía. Assuming they don’t have a son in the future, Princess Leonor becomes the new heir to the Spanish throne. Details on the coronation of Spain’s new King Felipe will be released in due course.