Wednesday, June 18, 2014
It is now after midnight in Madrid and Spain has a new King. Viva el Rey Felipe VI!
This is the first time one Spanish monarch has immediately succeeded another since 1833, and the first time one Spanish king has succeeded another within a year since 1886.
Juan Carlos signed the document of abdication in a ceremony Tuesday evening. The new King will be publicly proclaimed as such in the morning, though celebrations will be modest.