Spain's new King Felipe VI has been proclaimed monarch in a low-key ceremony in Parliament.

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Spain's King Felipe VI is sworn in at the Congress of Deputies Reuters

He ascended to the throne at midnight after his father Juan Carlos formally abdicated.

He received the red sash of Captain-General of the Armed Forces from Juan Carlos at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid.

After a brief military parade, King Felipe VI and his wife Queen Letizia were to drive through Madrid in a Rolls Royce before appearing before crowds at a balcony in the royal palace.