Prince Felipe and King Juan Carlos of Spain attend the official abdication ceremony at the Royal Palace in Madrid yesterday. The abdication took effect from midnight. Photograph: Getty

Crown Prince Felipe has ascended to the Spanish throne with guests feasting on tapas nibbles washed down with cava, in a budget buffet celebration.The(...)

Gardeners plant flowers at Gran Via in Madrid yesterday as Spanish flags hang from lampposts in preparation for Prince Felipe’s coronation. Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

Spain’s monarchy will seek to strike a balance between pomp and austerity today, as a new king takes the throne in the first royal succession of th(...)

Stamps depicting Spain’s Prince Felipe as future king are covered with gum for keychains at a factory in Colmenar Viejo. Photograph: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Fidel Castro reportedly once said to Spain’s King Juan Carlos: “That son of yours, who’s so tall and fair, what is he – some kind of viceroy?” (...)

King Juan Carlos of Spain and his son Felipe arrive for a military ceremony of the San Hermenegildo order held at the monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial on the outskirts of Madrid yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Ballesteros

Spain is preparing for a swift royal succession, following King Juan Carlos’s abdication announcement on Monday, with his son Crown Prince Fel(...)

One thing can be said with certainty about 76-year-old King Juan Carlos II of Spain, who has announced that he is abdicating in favour of his son, Cro(...)

Spain’s King Juan Carlos makes a televised speech yesterday  in the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid announcing his abdication. Photograph: AP

King Juan Carlos I, credited as a key figure in the building of Spain’s modern democracy, has announced his abdication after nearly four decades on th(...)

President Michael D Higgins has praised King Juan Carlos of Spain, who is to abdicate,   for having brought  his country  together in the 1970s following the end of the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

President Michael D Higgins has paid tribute to the King of Spain, who is set to abdicate, for acting as a unifying force in his country.Mr Higgins(...)

A Spanish judge has charged princess Cristina - younger daughter of king Juan Carlos - with tax fraud and money laundering, possibly paving the way to an unprecedented trial of a member of the royal family. Photograph: Marcelo del Pozo/ Reuters

The new year is not going well for the Spanish royal family. Yesterday’s announcement that princess Cristina has been named as a suspect in a corrup(...)

Turkey minister of youth and sports Suat Kilic speaks to the media . Photograph:  Halleran/Getty Images

After two years of intense lobbying and tens of millions of dollars spent, Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo are making their final pleas to the Internationa(...)

Spain’s Princess Elena (left), Princess Letizia (rear centre) and Prince Felipe (right) comfort relatives of the train crash victims at the end of a funeral mass at the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on July 29th. Photograph: AP

Minutes past midnight in the square fronting the flamboyant baroque cathedral in Spain’s Santiago de Compostela, a solitary besuited figure looks up. (...)