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Spain's new king holds first working meeting with PM Rajoy

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Spain’s King Felipe VI met Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in the office of his father King Juan Carlos one day after being sworn in. It was his first working meeting as monarch.

The 46-year-old will hold his first official event as king on Saturday with representatives from the associations of victims of terrorism in Madrid.

Felipe’s first international trip as head of state will be to the Vatican where he will meet Pope Francis, according to an interview given by Spain’s Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo on Spanish broadcaster TVE.

On Thursday, the new royal family waved at well-wishers on the balcony of the royal palace.

Much of Madrid celebrated despite reigning football champion Spain’s crushing World Cup defeat in Brazil a day earlier.

Not everybody was happy, though.

Protesters waving Spain’s red, yellow and purple Republic flag clashed with police.

They want a referendum to decide whether Spaniards want a monarchy or a republic.

Polls show handing over to Felipe has boosted the popularity of the royals.

But two-thirds of Spaniards support the idea of a vote, according to a recent poll by Letroscopia for El Pais newspaper.