One reign is over, another one begins

Spain's Felipe VI promises a 'renewed monarchy' as he is sworn in as king


New monarch calls for unity and vows to 'listen and advise' as he takes over role from his father Juan Carlos


As King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia stepped out on the balcony of Madrid's royal palace, they were greeted by roaring cheers from below. The pair waved warmly; he, a multilingual royal who has spent his whole life preparing for this moment and she, a former television newsreader who local media delight in calling Spain's first middle-class queen.

"A renewed monarchy for new times," was how Felipe put it during his inaugural address as king on Thursday.

 
 
 
 
Vocabulary:
 
to swear -
 
to be sworn in -
 
to vow to do stg -
 
to take over (a role) -
 
a roar -
 
a cheer -
 
to wave -
 
former (adj) -
 
to stick to stg -
 
a script -
 
to uphold -
 
to lie ahead -
 
embattled (adj) -
 
to bill -
 
low-key -
 
rather than -
 
a guest -
 
to catch a glimpse of sb/stg -
 
to drape -
 
a backdrop -
 
unemployment rate -
 
to hover -
 
to shy away from stg -
 
faith -
 
(cameras) to pan -
 
to hold (a referendum) -
 
a sensitivity -
 
to be plagued with -
 
approval ratings -
 
to plummet -
 
long-running (adj) -
 
to seek (sought) -
 
to disentangle -
 
to demand -
 
to acknowledge stg -
 
a peer -
 
defending champions -
 
to crash out of stg -
 
a sniper -
 
a rally -
 
to deny sb stg -
 
to gather -
 
to enforce -
 
a ban -
 
to defy -
 
 
 
Do you think Felipe VI will be a good king? Why/why not?
 
 
 


Comments