BY SAMMY JULIAN
Manila News Bureau Chief
MANILA – The Philippines joined its former colonizer in celebrating the accession of His Majesty King Felipe VI to the throne of the Kingdom of Spain after his father Juan Carlos abdicated earlier this month.
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), this development comes as the country prepares for the Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day on June 30.
“As we extol the longstanding friendship and historical ties that unite our nations, the Filipino people assure His Majesty of our continued friendship and support for the people of Spain,” the DFA said in a statement.
“In this new chapter in Spain’s history, the Filipino nation also conveys our utmost confidence that His Majesty King Felipe VI will be able to pursue a grand vision for his country’s future,” it added. “We wish him and Her Majesty Queen Letizia good health and prosperity for the coming years.”
The Spain’s new king was crowned in a low-key ceremony attended by lawmakers, high-level politicians and some members of the royal family. No foreign leaders have been invited.
The 46-year-old King Felipe VI wore military uniform with a sash during the ceremony and swore loyalty to Spain’s constitution before addressing the chamber.
He was then driven through central Madrid with his wife, Queen Letizia, a former journalist. His father Juan Carlos did not attend the event to allow the spotlight to rest fully on the new monarch.
King Juan Carlos vacated the thrown after a 39-year reign amid accusations of corruption and excess that have plagued the royal family as many Spaniards continue to struggle to find jobs and pull themselves out of financial ruin./PN