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    Spain became a monarchy again on Saturday (22 November) when Prince Juan Carlos de Borbon was sworn in as King Juan Carlos the first in a solemn but colourful ceremony in the Cortes, the Spanish Parliament, in Madrid.

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    Spain became a monarchy again on Saturday (22 November) when Prince Juan Carlos de Borbon was sworn in as King Juan Carlos the first in a solemn but colourful ceremony in the Cortes, the Spanish Parliament, in Madrid.

    The Prince was nominated to become Spain's next monarch in 195\69, to succeed head of state the man who ruled Spain for 36 years from 1939, the ? ? Francisco Franco who died on Thursday (20 November) after a month-long decline.

    The 37-year-old Prince was formally sworn to office as monarch, head of state and head of the Spanish armed forces by Senor Alejandro Rodriguez de Valcarcel, President of the Cortes and the three-man Regency Council which took power in his name following General Franco's death.

    The new King swore to uphold the principles of the Franco administration and the Spanish constitution...pledges which incorporate many areas of legislation that opposition factions in Spain would like changed.

    However, making his first speech as King, Juan Carlos promised the Spanish nation a greater political voice, peace, justice and economic prosperity. "A free and modern society requires the participation of all forums of decision, in the information media, in various educational levels and in the control of the national wealth", he said.

    Nothing the prosperous economic legacy left by General Franco -- whose state funeral will take place on Sunday (23 November) -- King Juan Carlos promised that the monarch would be "a faithful guardian" which would attempt "at all times of maintain the closest ties with the people".

    In addition, he recognised that modern Spain sought internal change. "To listen to, channel and stimulate these demands is for me a duty that I ???" he declared.

    Thousands of people waited outside the Cortes during the oath-taking ceremony to cheer the new King as he emerged with his wife, queen Sofia, and his three children.

    Following the swearing-in ceremony, the King undertook his first duty as Spain's new commander-in-chief...taking the salute at a huge march-past of uniformed troops.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1T8BI4NWLCBP0ANZDLLPO9LFR
    Media URN:
    VLVA1T8BI4NWLCBP0ANZDLLPO9LFR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/11/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:21:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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