Spain's King abdicates for son
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Crown Prince Felipe, left, and King Juan Carlos, right, salute, during a military parade on the Armed Forces day in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, June 8, 2014. King Juan Carlos plans to abdicate and pave the way for his son, Crown Prince Felipe, to become the country's next king. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Spain's King Juan Carlos has presided over his last military parade before abdicating in favour of his son.
Prince Felipe accompanied the king at Sunday's annual Armed Forces day ceremony that honours those who died in the service of the nation.
Also Sunday, a new poll showed most citizens want a referendum to decide whether Spain should remain a monarchy.
Pollster Metroscopia found that 62 per cent of respondents said they wanted a referendum on the monarchy "at some point." A majority also said they favoured the king's abdication.
The poll was published Sunday in El Mundo newspaper.
The prince is due to be proclaimed King Felipe VI on June 19.
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