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Spain's Popular Prince Must Charm Catalonia As King

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June 18, 2014 AT 5:11 AM
Many Spaniards are hoping for a lot more than polish and glamour from new King Felipe the Sixth, when he takes the throne on Thursday after his father's surprise abdication. The new monarch faces daunting expectations that he can help resolve some thorny political problems - especially a surging independence movement in wealthy Catalonia in northeastern Spain - even though his role as head of state is largely symbolic. Part of this is because the 46-year-old, who has a degree in diplomacy from Washington D.C.'s Georgetown University and is married to a television journalist, is widely popular.