Spain’s King Felipe VI begins a new reign Thursday already facing a threat to the unity of his kingdom as the northeastern region of Catalonia fights to hold an independence referendum on November 9.
A teary-eyed King Juan Carlos sealed his abdication of the Spanish crown on Wednesday after a four-decade reign, clearing the throne for his 46-year-old son, Felipe VI.
Prince Katsura, a cousin of Japanese Emperor Akihito, died Sunday of acute heart failure after years of struggling with ill health, the palace said. He was 66.
Spain set its future King Felipe VI on the path to the throne on Tuesday, launching an unprecedented handover of the crown amid antiroyalist protests in the economically troubled, divided realm.
Spanish King Juan Carlos will abdicate in favor of his son Prince Felipe, the nation announced on Monday, ending a 39-year reign that ushered in democracy but was later battered by royal scandals.